In the Archive lives a group of boxes called the Martha Scott Trimble Collection. Page 5 of the inventory lists “Martha’s Diary,” with the dates May 27, 1941 – December 1941. When I first began volunteering at the Archive I didn’t know who Martha Scott Trimble was, but I was curious to know what she would have written in her diary on December 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. Here it is.
The ears listen intently / To hear the news comments / My ears are dull
The eyes scan wildly / The Blue deck (?) heading / And my eyes are full
Tears in my eyes / At thought of the men / We will lose.
Sounds in my ears / Of the roar of the guns / We will use.
Words in my mouth / Whispering “what / will we choose?”
Lone and unwanted / No one to ___ / Over my views.
December 7, 1941
It’s no surprise that the woman who wrote these words would find a way to become a WAVE during WWII. Martha Scott Trimble was the first woman in Larimer County to be inducted into the WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service), attained the rank of Senior Grade Lieutenant, and served for the duration of the war (Memories of War Years, p. 102).
Eighty-six thousand women served in the Navy during WWII. I wonder how many of them wrote words in a journal on December 7, 1941?