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Pearl Harbour memories still strong for nurse Mary

For Bolton Clarke Baycrest, Hervey Bay residential aged care resident Mary, memories of the day Pearl Harbour was bombed in December, 1941 are as clear as ever.

Mary was born in 1921 and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, after her Army reserve officer father took a posting in Wahiawa in 1923.

By the start of World War II he had been recommissioned as a Colonel and taken charge of military transportation across the island. Mary had entered nurse training at the Queen’s Hospital School of Nursing.

On what she calls ‘that fateful day’, she had been given a Sunday off and was one of seven passengers and four children crowded into a taxi as events unfolded.

Hear Mary's story here.