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This Day In Norwood History-December 8

Norwood Native At Pearl Harbor


One Norwood man is definitely known to have been at Pearl Harbor when that giant Pacific Navy base was bombed in the Japanese surprise attack yesterday morning.

He is 30-year old Arthur Curtin, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Curtin of Mylod street.

Curtin, who is an electrician in the U. S. Navy yard stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, left Norwood last February 1st. He entrained at the South Station and arrived in Honolulu on March 1st.

His parents heard from him as late as last Thursday by letter.

Mrs. Curtin said this morning no word has been received here as yet concerning her son. She attributes this to the probability that all cable and telephone service has been placed at the disposal of the war department and private messages have been curtailed.

Curtin in the fall of 1940 took the Federal Civil service examinations for electricians in the U. S. Naval service. He passed with high marks and received his appointment late in January. He was ordered to Pearl Harbor with instructions to leave Boston on February 1.

Several other Norwood men, in the armed forces, are believed to be stationed somewhere in Hawaii, but this could not be confirmed this morning.

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