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Summit County Fiscal Office launches a new program for veteran identification cards to be used instead of the paper DD-214 form. U.S. Marines veteran Duane Matthews of New Franklin was one of the recipients who took advantage of the program Tuesday. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
U.S. Navy and Army veteran Glenn Ray of Akron was all smiles while purchasing a veteran identification card from the Summit County Fiscal Office. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
Summit County Fiscal Office Director of Recording Dyann James serves the line of veterans on hand to purchase veteran identification cards. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristin Scalise is thanked by U.S. Army veteran Jerry Hill and his wife Jackie Hill after Jerry purchased his new veteran identification card. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
The afternoon of Dec. 7, 1941, my mother, Hazel Arnold, had taken my sister Narita and I to the movies at the Thornton Theater. When we arrived home, we found my father, Edgar Arnold, pacing around the kitchen nervously, waiting for us to arrive to tell us the terrible news that the United States had been attacked at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese and that President Roosevelt had announced the news by radio to all the nation.
At the time although I was only 8 years old, I have never forgotten that day and all that happened in the next years as our lives were changed forever. My dad worked at the Goodrich Rubber Co. and so he had a busy time those years. Rationing of many products became a fact of life, including shoes, sugar and others that apparently weren’t as bothersome to me because I can’t call them to mind.