021 | Bombing of Pearl Harbor and Processing News of War

Photo of podcast episode 21 showing guests Margaret Williamson and Lucille Maris, Heartsong FitThe bombing of Pearl Harbor was where we started in this conversation I had with Margaret Williamson and my mom, Lucille Maris. They were my guests for Episode 21 of Heartsong Fit. These two ladies are bridge players. They are both in their 90s. They were both married to men named Jim, who both were pilots during World War 2.

This conversation is an interesting collection of topics that range from “what are your memories of the day you heard the news on the radio that Pearl Harbor in Hawaii had been bombed by the Japanese,” to what advice do you have for young people today who are dealing with a 21st century set of stresses and challenges?”

From Margaret’s college days at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, to Lucille’s journey across the United States as she followed her Jim from base to base while he got his flight training, you’ll learn about the strength and resilience of these women.

They talk of being children of the depression and the dust bowl, to young brides during World War 2

Photo of Margaret Williamson, Vickie Maris and Lucille Maris

Margaret Williamson, left, and my mom, Lucille Maris, with me after we recorded Episode 21 of the podcast.

, to experiencing other defining events in society in the U.S., such as segregation. Margaret and Lucille share insights that will make you reflect, consider your decisions of today, and perhaps think of the sacrifices that you are, or could be, making for those around you.

These women discuss the atmosphere of the country during the early 1940s and what happened around them as men were enlisting in the service. Husbands of these beautiful women, Jim Williamson and Jim Maris, were both officers in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Williamson was stationed in Oklahoma were he trained pilots. Maris was deployed to a base in Wendling, England in April 1944 where he and his crew flew 30 missions in a B-24. Their second mission was D-Day.

Photo of Margaret Williamson holding a photo of Jim Williamson in uniform

Margaret Williamson holds her favorite photo of her late husband, Jim, in his military uniform.

Independence, Perseverance and Action

This podcast episode is a glimpse back 70+ years into the lives of these strong women who were married to valiant service men. They teach of the importance of independence, persevering and taking action.

I don’t want you to miss this conversation!




Here are links to the content collections that were discussed during the episode:

Photo of Jim and Lucille Maris in 1943

Jim and Lucille Maris in 1943 shortly after they were married.

2-disc cd project, Stories of a Stateside Bride – www.cdbaby.com/artist/vickiemaris

Video documentary available through Udemy as an online course; link takes you to a 50% discounted enrollment (no quizzes or assignments) – https://www.udemy.com/ww2-home-front/?couponCode=PODCAST

Website with stories and photos of WW2 memorabilia from Jim and Lucille Maris – www.statesidebride.com

See a video of footage from the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941 – http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/world-war-ii-history/videos/attack-pearl-harbor

Hear radio broadcasts from Dec. 7, 1941 that were aired during the bombing of Pearl Harbor – http://www.modestoradiomuseum.org/radio%20reports%20pearl.html

Photo of Vickie Maris with Lucille Maris

Vickie Maris is podcast host of Heartsong Fit. She is a lifelong learner, a musician (she sings, and plays guitar and accordion in a band with her husband, Scott Greeson and Trouble With Monday), and fired up about incorporating uses of social media (podcasting, blogs, Twitter and more) into online teaching and course design. She holds a graduate degree in curriculum and instruction design with an emphasis in instructional technology. Vickie encourages people in their business and life improvement projects from uses of social media in the marketing mix to improving fitness and health for a strong, healthy and productive life as an entrepreneur or employee. Vickie and Scott live on a hobby-size farm with two Connemara ponies, several llamas and a few show rabbits.