12.7: SJSU remembering Pearl Harbor
Brodie Brazil brings you the story of the 1941 Spartans football team.
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He wants to be the highlight of their season. After a 533. Record through eleven games in 1941. San Jose state college spartans. But played their final two scheduled contests in Honolulu Hawaii. Team arrived in style for the access -- lean on December 3. And enjoyed their first few days. In paradise. It's kind of nice man girls that came down to -- through this and say innocent parties and that's. Victory column was so I never had us. Oh over the weekend is something else there and they wanted to welcome in this thing. So we've we've always bring joy and you're pretty nice that the. This team was having breakfast on an outdoor balcony at there are more wanna hotel Sunday morning December 7. 1941. Just before 8 AM sunny Hawaii and skies. Turned into. Uncertainty. Where you know the new Japanese players -- -- on our way to north have been. Listen we're worn out. But indeed this was the beginning of World War II for America. Sports witnessed firsthand. On Pearl Harbor what was the emotion. That you felt as she she's such a beautiful place like Honolulu. Turned into. Disaster. -- I used to his own time to absorb all of us. Even -- going on right in front of and when it when I saw these airplanes it's Japanese how to -- I used they weren't supposed to be there so we went outside -- what was going. Just then. -- American soldiers came and -- Received good and very -- next and of course -- the more road to hell facing our fans toward the C. -- -- -- -- -- -- A chaotic scene -- you even more confusion for Jack and his teammates from a distance they watched everything that transpired. But they could not do much about it what we see. On television. Is that what it looked and felt like can you be in there. Pretty much. Been booed but then cameramen got much views of things than wages believe me. So our job was trying to get away from our coast because he was doing the wind that is going to places and won it in there was anything that happened. In the days following head coach David winkle man and he's almost forty young men we're now stranded on the island of law who. -- number seven. 1941. They could prove them. Infamy why now the rest of the country knew what happened -- Pearl Harbor for the players communication. Back home to California. Was impossible. And ultimately a plan to get there. Was nonexistent. It was Jack Calhoun with one. Burning question. We're resilient though here. No way this winter kids. We only -- those are coached in this part in events here and party is dangerous situation. That's what kind of -- 23 of the spartans were all legal age 21 at the time for enlistment into the military and the rest including Jack Calvin. Instantly became members of the Honolulu police department. They were giving guns and ordered not to hesitate. In pulling the trigger is that weird situation. For you to. Think about the fans are some ways that I could shoot somebody. I didn't wanna do a bit. The movement and assists but. I can't remember anybody arguing or -- disagree and whether we want to do something. By mid December at the US government had commandeered the luxury liner SS president Coolidge. It was to depart Honolulu on December 19. That's the first civilian convoy back to San Francisco. Jack was lucky enough to be on this ship as it arrived to the mainland. On Christmas Day. I'm members sitting outside the golden gate. People I'm sure ours SARS and they started waving to us this is the first time worn out. And we knew -- my down named -- could narrow the crowd got bigger and bigger. We try to grab. Believes to be back can Jackie immediately drove to his parents' house in Redwood City. They had no idea he was returning. -- that he was alive who was that like. On the door nail and is in my dad and some good shots you know since. You stand there and we knew I was supposed to be there. Everything to her parents. They came for football but witnessed history. So on the in 1941. San Jose state spartans. Even steeped in Hawaii surfing military duties until 1945. -- World War II was over. Now at ninety years old Jack -- using living reminder of all close. We're not so fortunate on a day. That will live. In infamous honor.