On Sunday morning, Nov. 30, 1941, U.S. Army Pvt. Paul Brown decided to slip out of his bed early at the Schofield Barracks Base Hospital, nestled among the Waianae Mountains on the island of Oahu, the third-largest in the Hawaiian chain, and head to the latrine.
Assigned to the 52nd Field Artillery Battalion, he had been involved in an accident and was a patient at the hospital. Because of the severity of his injuries, he was confined to a wheelchair and wanted to clean up early to avoid being in the way of the other patients.
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