Elaine Abraham joined the Navy WAVES in 1944, partly because her boyfriend was killed during the attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. More than 2,400 soldiers, sailors, Marines and civilians died in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941, when 361 warplanes from the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and drew the United States into World War II.
But not everyone who was wounded or killed that day was serving in the military. Families near and far lost fathers, sons and husbands.
But her life could have turned out much differently if her steady boyfriend, Robert S. Brown, a private in the U.S. Army Air Corps stationed at Hickam Air Field, had not died on Dec. 7, 1941.