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Treasures in the attic

By Staff | Jun 3, 2010

It’s one thing to have a copy of a newspaper from Dec. 7, 1941. It’s quite another to have one from Honolulu.

But that’s what Patricia Lilland found when she was going through Harvey Lilland’s things. The late Harvey Lilland was her husband Tenner’s uncle.

Harvey apparently wasn’t too far from the action since he was able to pick up three special editions from Dec. 7, all which chronicle the Japanese attack on the Pacific fleet. Harvey served in the Army in the Pacific Theater of operations during World War II.

What’s interesting about the newspaper extra editions are their focus on local people – not just servicemen – who were killed in the attack. The paper also tells of a dramatic American response to the attacks.

The Lillands also ran into Uncle Harvey’s discharge papers – showing that he was honorably discharged, of course.

Luckily, Patricia found both the newspapers and the discharge under a box of books upstairs in their home.