As we live through a catastrophic global pandemic, we look back to another world changing event, the attack on Pearl Harbor. These three centenarians have survived Pearl Harbor and have no plans of letting the coronavirus slow them down.
Born in 1919, Albert Edward Taitano Carbullido, son of Antonio and Maria Carbullido of Agat, Guam, had always seemed larger than life. Physically big and with a smile to match his size, he rarely said much about his time in the Navy during World War II. Photos of the time, however, reveal a much trimmer, almost gaunt-looking young man, but still with that huge, charismatic smile.
If stereotypes need be shattered, then when it applies to the Japanese Occupation of Guam (1941-1944), no better hammer could accomplish the task, perhaps, than the story of Nao Sawada and Riye Dejima.
During World War II, like the rest of the Islands, Kalaupapa’s windows were darkened and lights were off during the night. Children afflicted with Hansen’s Disease at Kalihi Hospital, not far from Pearl Harbor, were very frightened. Six months after the bombing, thirty-five of the fifty-five patients including all the children, were transferred to Kalaupapa. Morale was high and with the war bonds they had ample fruit, vegetables, poultry and pork. Medical supplies and equipment were transferred from Kalihi Hospital to Kalaupapa.