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The Radar Readers



The Radar Readers

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.59

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    horrific, mobile, naval, resolve, luxury, private, lieutenant, shift, signal, duty, fellow, planes, army, particular, working, packed
     content words:    Pearl Harbor, World War II, That Sunday


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The Radar Readers
By Erin Horner
  

1     I will never forget December 7, 1941. What a horrific day! I was a private in the U.S. Army. I had an important job. I studied the radar screen and tracked American airplanes as they were flying. I was also on the lookout for enemy planes. I helped to protect our airspace. My shift was almost up that Sunday morning. I daydreamed about all that I could do with the rest of my day. I was lucky to be stationed in Hawaii. Not all soldiers had the luxury of spending a day off at the beach. That particular day I decided that the ocean was calling my name. A little fun in the sun was just what I needed to unwind and relax.
 
2     My fellow soldier and I packed up and prepared to leave the mobile radar station where we were working. I was moments away from being off duty. That's when I saw it. A huge blip appeared on the radar screen. It was a large group of airplanes. They were only 130 miles away from Oahu and they were approaching the island quickly. I looked at the other private who was working with me. His .....
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