I admit it. I Googled myself. Don’t tell me you haven’t! But what I found today, delighted me! Two reviews that I’d never seen.
“War Bonds– Love Stories of the Greatest Generation by Cindy Hval is a collection of beautiful and loving memories of couples who met during World War II. She recounts how these men and women met and stayed together for decades despite many obstacles. Who doesn’t love a good story? Well, what about 36 of them?
“Everything’s built on friendship. He’s been my best friend for 77 years.” – Betty Schott”
And the second came from Pearl Harbor!
Pearl Harbor Survivor Couple – Betty and Warren Schott
“We first heard about the Pearl Harbor Survivor Couple, Betty and Warren Schott, in an article in the Spokesman-Review by Cindy Hval. This remarkable couple was living on Ford Island when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
They heard an explosion and Warren quickly recognized that Pearl Harbor was under attack from an enemy. Many others on Oahu at the time thought that it was a drill, but Warren saw the rising sun on the wing of a Japanese plane flying overhead.
Warren Schott watched as the USS Utah was torpedoed. He then took his wife and another family living below them to safety. Warren did not seek safety himself, instead he returned to Battleship Row to help victims of the attack.
“I took one of the boats and picked up our fellows who were in the water,” he recalled. The men he pulled out were covered in oil.
Betty Schott did not sit idly by herself.
“They put us to work immediately, Betty said. “We unloaded guns and filled fire extinguishers.”
This Pearl Harbor Survival Couple was married for 76 years before Warren Schott passed away in May 2014. Betty lived another year and passed away on July 5, 2015.
We appreciate the excellent story from Cindy Hval about this fascinating couple and the impression they left on her. You can read Ms. Hval’s stories about the Schotts here and here or in her book below. We salute you Cindy Hval for your story and we salute the Schotts for their service to our country.
For more stories about love during wartime, read Hval’s highly rated book: War Bonds.”
Moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to Google yourself– you might find nice surprises like these:-)