Following is an excerpt from the AHSAA “Fallen Heroes and Those Who Served” project, a salute to the men and women from Anaheim High who served to defend our freedom. If you know of an Anaheim High alumnus who served our country as a solider in any branch of military, please let the AHSAA know by emailing email@example.com.
Anaheim High Graduate Witness to Dec. 7 Attack
A day never to be forgotten in American history is Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese launched a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, devastating the American Navy fleet docked there within minutes.
Our own Anaheim High alumnus Junior Perkins, Class of 1941, was on the U.S.S. Navy Destroyer Shaw docked in the harbor at the very moment of the enemy attack. Perkins survived without a scratch.
A 1940 Varsity Letterman, Perkins played the running back position for the Colonist Sunset League CIF championship team. Perkins also was one of the original classmates in the late 1980s that started the first-Saturday-of-the-month “Old Timers’ Breakfast.” Perkins passed away in 1999 at the Long Beach VA Hospital.
After the Pearl Harbor attack, the basement of the Anaheim High School Cook Auditorium was converted into an air raid bomb shelter under the control of the Civil Defense for the duration of the war.
In conjunction with the Civil Defense, the shelter was also the site of the America Red Cross and the Office of Price Administration (OPA). The basement was fully equipped with stretchers, cots, hospital beds, and a complete stock of tourniquets and surgical supplies. The bomb shelter was staffed 24/7 in the event of an enemy attack over the city and rural areas.