William Friday recalls his reaction to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Friday also discusses how NC State contributed to the war effort and his general thoughts about the war stating, "War changes everything." Interview on September 13, 2011. (1:35)


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I was driving back from an all star football game that three of our NC State players had been in, 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:07.586
and we got right to the edge of Raleigh and I just turned on the car radio and heard that 00:00:07.586 - 00:00:14.134
and it was just such a shock. Nobody was ready for anything like that. 00:00:14.134 - 00:00:19.583
I was then courting Mrs. Friday 00:00:19.583 - 00:00:23.955
and I of course called her the minute I could and said I'll come sit and talk with you. 00:00:23.955 - 00:00:28.821
But it changed everything because 00:00:28.821 - 00:00:33.928
you didn't want to admit but it was true that that attack literally destroyed the Pacific fleet 00:00:33.928 - 00:00:42.151
and we knew it was a straight uphill fight. 00:00:42.151 - 00:00:45.938
But it did dramatize NC State's importance, 00:00:45.938 - 00:00:53.313
you see, it turned it around, and boy it got right into the war effort up to its neck. 00:00:53.313 - 00:00:59.845
But war changes everything. It changes your life, the institution, 00:00:59.845 - 00:01:07.323
and when we came back after, those of us fortunate enough to survive, we came back to a different world, a different NC State. 00:01:07.323 - 00:01:17.526
It's been my privilege to have been associated with that institution all those years. 00:01:17.526 - 00:01:28.042

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