We Remember…

Seventy-eight years ago today, the course of our Nation’s history was forever altered by the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we solemnly remember the tragic events of that morning and honor those who perished in defense of our Nation that day and in the ensuing 4 years of war.

Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, airplanes launched from the Empire of Japan’s aircraft carriers dropped bombs and torpedoes from the sky, attacking our ships moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor and other military assets around Oahu. Following this swift assault, the United States Pacific Fleet and most of the Army and Marine airfields on the island were left decimated. Most tragically, 2,335 American service members and 68 civilians were killed, marking that fateful day as one of the deadliest in our Nation’s history.

Despite the shock of the attack, American service members at Pearl Harbor fought back with extraordinary courage and resilience. Sprinting through a hailstorm of lead, pilots rushed to the few remaining planes and took to the skies to fend off the incoming Japanese attackers. Soldiers on the ground fired nearly 300,000 rounds of ammunition and fearlessly rushed to the aid of their wounded brothers in arms. As a solemn testament to the heroism that abounded that day, 15 American servicemen were awarded the Medal of Honor — 10 of which were awarded posthumously. In one remarkable act of bravery, Doris “Dorie” Miller, a steward aboard the USS West Virginia, manned a machine gun and successfully shot down multiple Japanese aircraft despite not having been trained to use the weapon. For his valor, Miller was awarded the Navy Cross and was the first African-American recognized with this honor.

In the wake of this heinous attack, the United States was left stunned and wounded. Yet the dauntless resolve of the American people remained unwavering and unbreakable. In his address to the Congress the following day, broadcast to the Nation over radio, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt assured us that “[w]ith confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph.” In the days, months, and years that followed, the full might of the American people, industry, and military was brought to bear on our enemies. Across the Atlantic and Pacific, 16 million American servicemen and women fought to victory, making the world safe for freedom and democracy once again. More than 400,000 of these brave men and women never returned home, giving their last full measure of devotion for our Nation.

While nearly eight decades have passed since the last sounds of battle rang out over Pearl Harbor, we will never forget the immeasurable sacrifices these courageous men and women made so that we may live today in peace and prosperity. We continue to be inspired by the proud legacy left by the brave patriots of the Greatest Generation who served in every capacity during World War II, from keeping factories operating on the home front to fighting on the battlefields in Europe, North Africa, and the South Pacific. Their incredible heroism, dedication to duty, and love of country continue to embolden our drive to create a better world and galvanize freedom-loving people everywhere under a common cause. On this day, we resolve forever to keep the memory of the heroes of Pearl Harbor alive as a testament to the tremendous sacrifices they made in defense of freedom and all that we hold dear.

The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2019, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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136 Responses to We Remember…

  1. mikebrezzze says:

    I lived in Honolulu for a decade, I’ve been to the Arizona memorial many times, the names are profound, 5 Sullivan brothers all perished at once on the Arizona , I considered Mr. Fisk a friend, if you were there in the 80’s and the 90’s you’d know who mr Fisk was, more profound about the Arizona, she still leaks fuel!

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  2. The Demon Slick says:

    What a Man. Greatness.

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  3. muckeyduck says:

    The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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  4. NICCO says:

    Lord bless all of our veterans that have served this nation and continue to serve today.I ask that your hand of mercy,grace,protection and most important your continued love for this nation and your people.We don t take for granted the many who have given their lives for us over the years.We cover this nation with the precious blood of Jesus Christ and all who selflessly serve for the protection of our nation.Father ,we praise,worship and glorify you.For you are our God.We ask that your precious Holy Spirit dwell mightily across this nation and lives are transformed for your glory.We pray in the name above all names,Jesus Christ,the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords,Amen

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  5. And here we are today, being attacked again, from within.

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    • My uncle ,Bill Shepherd is one of the few left from the battleship Washinton, which came to the aid of the South Dakota during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.
      The Washington single.handedly sunk he Battleship Kurisima, one of the largest in the Japanese fleet..

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    • The Devilbat says:

      “And here we are today, being attacked again, from within.”
      Yes and the casualty list will end up being a lot higher than Pearl harbor.

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    • GB Bari says:

      And here we are today, being attacked again, from within.

      By COWARDS, most of whom tried to hide and lie about who they are and hide behind obfuscation and deception from the media.

      THE ENEMY WHO attacked us 78 years ago may have concealed their plans but they did not conceal their identity when they attacked, being far more brave than the lying traitorous cowards in the Deep State / Administrative State who are attempting this coup against the voters and the President and against the US Constitution.

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    • old white guy says:

      Yes, we have given away our freedom and country and most do not even have any idea what has happened. It has been from within and will soon be complete because we are unwilling to fight against it.

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  6. budklatsch says:

    My Dad, raised on a Texas farm, saw duty in the Atlantic and Pacific, as far from a farm beyond imagine as a young man, almost a boy. He was among the millions of Americans that totally uprooted themselves and gave whatever was asked. Amazing what was accomplished by all. Gratitude still for them all

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    • margarite1 says:

      Our parents were great people. My father was in Burma which apparently was hell. He didn’t talk about it.

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      • calbear84 says:

        If one had a choice between the European Theater and the Pacific, one would definitely choose Europe. Not to diminish the horror of facing the German Army, but at least the Germans followed the Geneva Convention, where the Japanese Army most certainly did not. Thanks and gratitude to your brave father for his service.

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      • OW21 says:

        My Dad was a bomber pilot – flew missions over Berlin out of England..He didn’t talk much about it either – just that he lost a lot of friends. But we got enough down on record to have a pretty good idea of what he went through. They were so young! I think he was about 22 when this happened. They were so different than the hapless snowflakes that wander around today with their hurt feelings and green hair…

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        • margarite1 says:

          I think about that often – no way most of these numbskulls would go out to defend their country or know how if they tried. I get that they don’t know how bad it can be because those who went before us faced the bad problems but the kids today are mostly oblivious instead of grateful.

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        • Amused says:

          Bomber Command conducted a deliberately genocidal campaign against German civilians and non-military targets as part of a a very long-standing paln to destroy German economic power and support the global hegemony of Wall Street and The City of London – which had been threatened by German competition ever since unification under Bismarck. The same process (with broader goals) continues today under the Great Replacement activitiies of Soros et al in Europe and elsewhere.

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      • The Devilbat says:

        My uncle was in Burma with the British Army.

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        • mac says:

          If you haven’t read George MacDonald Fraser’s “Quartered Safe Out Here,” you definitely need to do so. Burma was a damned tough row to hoe and neither side gave much quarter. John Masters’ “The Road To Mandalay” is another excellent book, as is the classic, “Defeat Into Victory,” by Field Marshal Sir William Slim.

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      • Pa Hermit says:

        Likewise, my father was in the Philippines and didn’t talk much about it. They are the Greatest Generation for a reason! I tried to carry the torch that my father did by serving time in S.E. Asia, but I couldn’t carry his lunch bucket! God bless those men and women of that generation. Rosie the riveter and their ilk included! AMERICA STRONG!!!

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        • margarite1 says:

          I went to a 75 year celebration of the B-17 at Boeing Field (they had towed an actual one over-wow a flying bombing refrigerator) – a big wonderful party in Clay Lacy’s hangar a few years ago. There were actual B-17 pilots at our table – one was in his early 20s when he started doing missions. They had a video about the Tuskeegee (sp?) on huge screens, there were actual Rosie the Riveters there in remarkably good shape. One Rosie said every rivet she made sure was perfect because she wanted “our boys to come home”. There was a huge parade in the center of all this and all the people present who had been part of this era were marching in a circle sort of like an Olympic – whether on their own (many were) or with walkers or wheelchairs. There was even a tailgunner in fine shape in that parade. There were some presentations about what it was like in the US to protect ourselves,etc. So many people were crying and the applause was like a Trump rally. One of the most amazing things I’ve ever been to. Living history. One person said to me that it’s a crime this isn’t taught in schools.

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        • Amused says:

          Fools one and all.

          The poor suckers were fighting for a country that under FDR was wormholed with communists and working as hard as it could against the interests of themselves and their framilies. They were fighting to give Stalin the Bomb, to place Eastern Europe under Soviet slavery and to hand all of China over to Communism (thanks to the Soviet-agents such as John Service who filled the glocbalist-Communist State Department).

          Unknown to themselves, these brave and idealistic men were fighting to create the IMF (thanks Harry Dexter White, FDR’s right hand man and yet another Soviet agent) which would then spend the next 70 years undermining the economic basis of the USA.

          They were fighting to ensure the creation of North Korea, which to this day is still at war with the USA.

          The USA would have ben safer and the Constitution better preserved had they declared war on FDR and the “elites” who were betraying them to establish the anti-contitutional, open borders, plutocratic, globalist, totlaitarian surveillance state that we have today.

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          • warrprin1 says:

            Ad rem, if you need to take this down, I will understand.

            Oh, Amused… It is so very easy to play armchair quarterback in retrospect. The generations of parents and their barely adult kids, who saved the world, did not have sophisticated levels of “education”, or untold resources to “click on” in order to make politically astute judgements. They were too busy surviving and working to feed their children. You have truly struck a nerve.

            The American adults of the 1940’s were the survivors of the Great Depression. People had no time for anything other than to work to support their families, keep a roof over their heads, and to survive. Many of them had no more than a grade school formal education. Some, like my grandmother, had no formal schooling at all – neither in her home country, nor here in the U.S. Their real education was toil. My parents were members of the 1st generation born on American soil. My father served in the WWII Pacific Theater, and later in Korea. My mother and my aunts worked in textile mills in small town NW Connecticut.

            And you scoff at them for not recognizing the political chicanery of the well-connected of that era?

            They were people who were the children of the immigration wave of circa 1900. Their parents learned, willingly and patriotically, to conduct their daily lives in a language they spent years struggling to learn. There was no welfare, and for that generation who worked tirelessly at whatever was available during WWI, THE great Depression, and then WWII, there was no Social Security check to sustain them in their old age.

            And you mock them for failing to recognize the machinations of the political, get rich quick class of that era?

            These people BUILT industrialized America. They fought in WWI, and their children fought in WWII, in many cases AGAINST the tyranny that had overtaken their heritage nations.

            But, oh my, tsk, tsk, they were not savvy enough to see what FDR and his international cronies were up to. Well shame on them. But more-so, shame on you for pontificating against those who sacrificed so much and literally built the 20th century greatness of our Nation.

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            • Amused says:

              Speak the truth. Don’t spread lies. In this way, we will not be fooled again.

              Or do not speak the truth. Do no tell what really happened. And in this way ensure that it happens again.

              Your choice.

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      • corimari2013 says:

        My dad was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He was in the Philippines.
        He didn’t talk about it.
        His older brother was a soldier in the U.S. ground forces that took Germany.
        He didn’t talk about it.
        Both men succumbed to alcoholism in their 40s, and both died at the age of 54.
        Looking back on their lives, I am thinking they both dealt with PTSD, which was not clearly identified and addressed in the 1960s, as it is today.

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        • margarite1 says:

          That is very sad – they endured too much.

          My Dutch brother in law’s father was imprisoned by the Nazi’s in Holland because he refused to help them. Nazi’s had a card system on prisoners and one day a friend of Villim’s found his card in the stack of those to be shipped out (death) and at great risk to himself he put Villiam’s card in the other stack. At one point Villim was marched through the street naked and at another point he and his wife were hidden from the Nazis by a German farmer and his wife.

          My brother in law grew up knowing none of this until in his later years Villim, who had been a professor, started speaking about it to the press and in Holland he became known as “The Bridge” because his stories explained to so many why their fathers were the way they were. In Villiam’s case he was a wonderful man – you’d have never guessed he went through that hell – although it was different and likely not as bad as being a soldier.

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    • So many of us here had families whose lives were changed forever by WWII.

      My dad was a young 19 year old kid raised in the Denver suburbs.

      He fought in Europe as a Screaming Eagle (101st Airborne) and was in the Battle of the Bulge that has been mentioned in another thread.

      The sacrifices that my parents and grandparents made to win that war will always be with me as the generation which came “next” and reaped the rewards of their very hard work.

      Thanks to all of them and to all of yours.

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      • Amused says:

        Unfortunately, he fought to make the world safe for globalism and communism, in other words, he fought to preserve the power of the big international banks. Or have you failed to notice who rules you?

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        • Republicanvet91 says:

          Is there a reason why you need to come here and crap all over the memories of loved ones as told by their children? WTF is wrong with you? Go find somewhere else to spout your BS!

          Your comments remind me of the fracking morons who claim the Holocaust never occurred. For whatever reason, I read the name Amon Goeth earlier, and it reminded me who he was. I looked him up, along with Dachau, and just read extensively about both.

          This thread is about December 7th, and what happened at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Find another web site to spout your BULLSHIT!

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    • nervecellguy says:

      My late father and the rest of our countrymen thank your parents and grandparents for all their great sacrifices, on the battlefield or on the homefront! Otherwise the Filipinos could be speaking Japanese now – although eventually American industrial might, ingenuity and bravery would probably still have won the war.
      Soon after the surprise bombing of Pearl Harbor came the destruction of the American airforce at Clark airbase – and the invasion of the Philippines. My late father was a lieutenant in the USAFFE – retreated with the army to the Bataan Peninsula, fought the Japanese for several months until the surrender, escaped the Death March to the concentration camps but almost died from malaria crossing the jungles to get home, organized a guerrilla force that harassed the Japanese until their outfit was ratted out by a fellow townsman, and after evading capture, eventually joined the American forces upon the liberation of the country . They kicked Gen. Yamashita’s a– all the way to the mountain provinces.
      My father’s stories and all the published stories about the Japanese invasion and occupation all tell that the Japanese army were brutal. Killing of surrendering soldiers and civilians was done indiscriminately, rapes were common, and the Japanese terrorized the population. Close to a million Filipino civilians were estimated to have died. I have no sympathy for the hardships of the Japanese army or their population who approved of this war and were proud of their sons.
      Ironically 15 years after the war my father visited Japan many times as a Botany Genetics professor, and had many friends from Japan.
      Despite what the local “nationalists” (communists in actuality) protest, most Filipinos love all things American, usually have relatives in the States or the territories, and consider Gen. McArthur and the liberating forces heroes.

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      • Oscar Oddpicker says:

        Great comments nerve cell guy. My father was a seabee in WW2 – New Hebrides, Espiratu Santu – South Pacific. I wish he was still around to tell me more of his (and his friends and family’s) service in WW2. I miss him every day.
        BTW, WW2 changed the lives of every American.

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  7. budklatsch says:

    My Dad, raised on a Texas farm, saw duty in the Atlantic and Pacific, as far from a farm beyond imagine as a young man, almost a boy. He was among the millions of Americans that totally uprooted themselves and gave whatever was asked. Amazing what was accomplished by all. Gratitude still for them all

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  8. calbear84 says:

    That photo is incredible. Looks like the USS Arizona’s magazines detonating, taken from Hickam Field. What brave sailors and airmen we had at Pearl that day!

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  9. Pew-Anon says:

    And here’s to hoping that perhaps one day the truth will finally be made known that there were those in America at the time to whom the attack was not a surprise.

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    • The Devilbat says:

      Those including the democrat president, Franklin Roosevelt.

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      That is known to many. We had broken Code Purple. Whether or not a Pacific War could have been avoided is debatable. Japan was engaged in its own Belt and Road economic expansion plan (Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere). The Netherlands East Indies was a prime target because of the oil and rubber. But the US-held Philippines was directly in the way and Tojo & Co felt that FDR would oppose military action against the NEI with military action. The plan to take out the Pacific Fleet was already in place. FDR and the NEI putting the Empire into an economic stranglehold over the Chinese war IMO simply moved up the timetable of attack.

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    • Heika says:

      The terrible things men do to men with no conscience.

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    • muckeyduck says:

      Indeed those who made it happen. MacArthur, that arrogant blow hard, should have been charged with dereliction of duty for his incompetence in the Philippines. Instead he was awarded a Metal of Honor. And again, in my view, it was MacArthur’s quest for glory that lead to the massive casualties in the battle of Chosin Reservoir in Korea.

      Someone above stated that given a choice of fighting in European or Pacific theater, they would have chosen to fight in European. I only know that it would be a hellish nightmare to go back in time, and find myself in either the battle of Hurtgen Forrest, or the Chosin Reservoir.

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    • warrprin1 says:

      Amen, Pew. Amen. The knowledge that we now have, which has revealed the inner workings of actors within our own government, is a difficult pill to swallow. But it is always better to know, than not to know, the Truth.

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  10. 335blues says:

    I have a feeling that the CCP believes that someday they will engage in a similar attack on America. I believe they already have planned scenarios for it. I believe they think they can win.
    I believe in our Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
    “…December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked…”
    “Behind every blade of grass there would be a rifle….”.

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    • JeffP. says:

      Amen 100% there. I stay locked n Loaded, just saying, I trust No One, ESPECIALLY our Government these days…Stay at the Ready Patriots!!!
      God Bless our Military 100% those whom we have lost and those who serve now, even those who will come after us. God Bless America and Americans Bless Our God!!!

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    • GenEarly says:

      In my nightmares Hilarity Clintoon or Obamymammy had a short lived War, lose two or three carriers, then sue for a peace conference with their friends the Chicoms and Russians.
      The Feral Monument lands, oil lands are turned over to Chinese mining, and drilling as reparations.
      Chinese troops stationed on the West coast, Russians reoccupy Alaska.
      The Traitorous Prog Elitists live happily thereafter., Paid off with billions as the New World Order is BORN.

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  11. keeler says:

    Sadly, Doris Miller did not survive the war.

    On November 24th, 1943 a Japanese submarine torpedoed and sank USS Liscome Bay,. Of the 916 crew serving on the carrier escort, 644, including Miller, died. The loss of the Liscome Bay remains the deadliest carrier sinking in the history of the United States Navy.

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  12. jrapdx says:

    I’ve visited the Pearl Harbor site several times, and each time I found it an incredibly moving experience. After 78 years it’s utterly astonishing oil is still leaking from the tanks aboard the remnants of the Arizona. It’s said the iridescent drops of oil rising to the surface represent the tears of the sailors entombed below. That poetic idea is perfectly believable.

    When I was growing up in Arizona decades ago, Pearl Harbor Day was a near-sacred occasion. The story of the attack was retold in hushed tones on the radio, it certainly made a lasting impression that has endured and is still very meaningful.

    If you haven’t been to Pearl Harbor I highly recommend going there. One thing has always struck me as especially important, that there were nearly as many Japanese visitors as Americans, and the Japanese were seemingly as moved by it as we were. It wasn’t hard for me to understand. WW2 extended from the attack Pearl Harbor to the ultimate necessity of using fission bombs on Japan, a tragedy from start to end, it’s only human to mourn the loss of life and great destruction that happened in its course.

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    • zekness says:

      I also recommend visiting the Punch Bowl Memorial Cemetery. It’s unique and is dedicated as one of MANY sacred burial for many of us finest who lived large in the pacific…and died in defense of our country.

      I lived Oahu for many years. My finest memory was when george bush came and lead the 50th memorial ceremony for Pearl Harbor Attack. I was a member of the MIlitary Joint Cordon that was attached to him during his entire schedule.

      A series of days I will never forget. Thousand upon thousands of WW2 veterans traveled all over the world to attend. Each was given a special medal to recognize that memorial and their service to this country. And thousands of Japanese WW2 veterans traveled to Oahu as well, invited by the President. His role was to demonstrate true leadership and helped usher in a new period of forgiveness and mutual respect for war fighters. It was epic seeing former enemies mingle and actually share stories through translators and even quite a few showing a level of humanity that was so extraordinary and perfect, there was not a single person who could hold back. And of course, there were still those that could not find any reason to forgive. I can understand and appreciate that too.

      I was fortunate to meet some of the finest people in planet earth.

      It changed me.

      that was the day, I got to walk among heroes..

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      • The Devilbat says:

        You walked among heroes but Bush was not one of them.

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      • Ono says:

        Punchbowl is a very spiritual place.

        The perfection of the crater, the symeterical head markers, in an incredible atmosphere.

        Home of heroes in paradise

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      • jrapdx says:

        I’ve been to the Punchbowl Cemetery, it is another moving and impressive site. I remember when the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor was happening. Your description of the events on Oahu is very vivid, makes complete sense to me that participating in such a beautiful commemoration would be a privilege and high honor indeed.

        Used to be years ago that sometimes a Pearl Harbor veteran would be on the grounds at the site, answering questions of visitors, and talking about his experiences. Fascinating to listen to their stories, these men were unquestionably true heroes.

        There may young people of that caliber among us now but I have to say they must be very few and far between else we’d encounter them so much less rarely.

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    • Yippeekiyay says:

      Well said, jrapdx.

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  13. Beigun says:

    Strategic surprise. Again. Pearl Harbor, Korea, Kuwait, 9/11, etc., etc. Let’s face it, our glorious “Intel Communities” have come up short far too many times. How many years did it take to find Bin Laden? Pancho Villa? Geronimo? Ignorance is America’s “Achilles Heel” in foreign policy and it takes a POTUS as “disruptor” to knock the rust off the deck-plates at Foggy Bottom. Notice how many born in England, Ukraine, etc., folks testified in Congress during the impeachment hearings from positions of Ambassador or NSC staffer? In short, we have a shortage of foreign affairs experts in America. We need a national educational program on foreign relations to, 1) compete economically overseas and, 2) have better intel on what is happening right under our noses.

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    • warrprin1 says:

      I noticed, Beigun. You make an excellent suggestion, but who will teach in the foreign relations educational program? In whom can we place our trust in the age of total educational corruption?

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  14. Shark24 says:

    Yes we do. God bless you Sundance and God bless the USA

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  15. ristvan says:

    Yamamoto’s supposed words from Tora Tora Tora! are apt, albeit just Hollywood:
    “I fear that all we have done is awaken a powerful enemy and fill them with terrible resolve.”

    The same sentiment can be attributed to Pelosi’s shampeachment.

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  16. 300 says:

    My great Uncle Grandel Smith served as a ball turret gunner in the Pacific. Never heard him speak of the war ever, but it left him deeply scared. He came home resumed his life as a brick layer and raised 4 daughters. He taught me how to hand fish something I have passed down to dozens of others. God rest his soul

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    • OW21 says:

      300 – I am surprised he made it back alive. Those guys usually didn’t. God Bless him and your family.

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    • rah says:

      Ball turret, being the turret down below the belly. Several different US aircraft used in the Pacific theater had them. B-17, B-24 four engine “heavy bombers” and the Naval version of B-24 also. And the B-26 “medium” bomber. Out of those three the B-24 served in larger numbers in the Pacific than the other two so odds are that is the aircraft your uncle served in.

      Some what famous poem:
      The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
      By Randall Jarrell
      From my mother’s sleep I fell into the State,
      And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
      Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life,
      I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
      When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.

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  17. lansdalechip says:

    US Navy ships have a very stirring ritual they all observe when passing the Arizona Memorial.
    Not to denigrate it in any way, but I can think of a few thousand souls that should be allowed to go through the ritual, and if they mess it up the first time, give the opportunity to do it over again until they get it right.
    A quick, poignant Civics 101 lesson.

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  18. RedBallExpress says:

    We love Japan today and that is good.
    Every December 7th we hate what they did.

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    • Zorro says:

      From bitter enemies to great friends is very rare in human history and is a repudiation of current Democommunist revisionist history that America is and has always been bad. America’s treatment and help rebuilding Japan post-war was exemplary.

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  19. Right to reply says:

    God bless them all

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  20. BL says:

    Watch this video before they take it down. It will make you feel better and remember We have Trump now and hopefully We will never have anything like Pearl Harbor again….have Faith and Pray…alot 🙂

    http://republicannewswatch.com/wp/?p=14797

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  21. Flair1239 says:

    A full accounting of events leading up to Pearl Harbor should be given to the American people. There is ample evidence that Roosevelt and his people had full knowledge of what was coming.

    Our government owes it to us to give a fully declassified account.

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    • keeler says:

      No, there is not.

      Roosevelt did want the US to get into a war, with Germany. US diplomatic and military actions were provoking Hitler in the Atlantic.

      The opposite was true with Japan in the Pacific. There was no benefit to an American war with Japan. Such a war would inevitably draw in the UK, Australia, and the Netherlands and divert non-existent resources away from Europe and into Asia and the Pacific. This was exactly the opposite of what American political and military leadership wanted. In fact, they dreaded it. In 1941 American foreign policy was mostly conciliatory towards Japan, naively so. The US wanted to avoid war with Japan because it saw the real fight was in Europe and did not want to have itself or its likely allies fighting a two-ocean war. There was no expectation a Japanese attack would translate to war with Germany. It was Hitler, to the surprise of many, who wound up declaring war on the United States after the attack. This was not expected or anticipated prior to December 7th, 1941.

      The US did obtain evidence that Japan was planning an attack. Significantly, US intelligence obtained information regarding a “Bomb Plot” map before the attack. However, due to poor communications between the Army and Navy, bad leadership, a lack of resources, a misguided threat assessment (sabotage was always anticipated as the main Japanese attack on Hawaii), good Japanese planning, and luck, none of this evidence was put together and identified for what it was.

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      • Heika says:

        you forgot about the main motivator of any vicious and irrational act – a nations ‘motives’ mean nothing when it comes to – individual men and money – cui bono
        If we do not have enough examples of this in ‘pre Trump’ years I don’t know what to say.

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      • TarsTarkas says:

        FDR’s actions leading up to Pearl Harbor show exactly the opposite. Cutting off scrap metal shipments, persuading the Governor-General of the Netherlands East Indies to cut off oil and rubber supplies, forced the Japanese government to choose to either lose face by withdrawing from China or attacking to create the Co-Prosperity Sphere by force. They had only a couple weeks of bunker fuel left. Had they waited another month the fleet that attacked Pearl Harbor could not have sailed.

        FDR however WAS definitely provoking Mr. H to engage in a war. Mr. H stupidly walked into the trap FDR set for him. Had he not declared war the Germans might well have succeeded in pursuing Case Blue (the 1942 offensive against Atrakahan and the Caucasus) to a successful conclusion and forcing Stalin to sue for peace for lack of munitions and oil.

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      • 🍺Gunny66 says:

        keeler,

        You are wrong on many points…first;

        The United States placed an oil embargo on Japan. The American oil embargo caused a crisis in Japan. Reliant on the U.S. for 80 percent of its oil, the Japanese were forced to decide between withdrawing from China, negotiating an end to the conflict, or going to war to obtain the needed resources elsewhere.

        When France capitulated in June 1940, Japan moved into northern French Indochina. And though the United States had no interest there, we imposed an embargo on steel and scrap metal. After Hitler invaded Russia in June 1941, Japan moved into southern Indochina. FDR ordered all Japanese assets frozen.

        In an attempt to resolve the situation, the Japanese Prime Minister asked U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt for a summit meeting to discuss the issues. Roosevelt replied that Japan needed to leave China before such a meeting could be held.

        Hitler and Japan had signed the 1940 Tripartite Act which created the Axis powers.
        Japan and Germany were friends for years. Japan hired many Prussians and later Germans to come to Japan as advisors to aid them in modernizing.

        Much new light has been shed on Pearl Harbor through the recent work of Robert B. Stinnett, a World War II Navy veteran. Stinnett has obtained numerous relevant documents through the Freedom of Information Act. In Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor (2000), the book so brusquely dismissed by director Bruckheimer, Stinnett reveals that Roosevelt’s plan to provoke Japan began with a memorandum from Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum, head of the Far East desk of the Office of Naval Intelligence. The memorandum advocated eight actions predicted to lead Japan into attacking the United States. McCollum wrote: “If by these means Japan could be led to commit an overt act of war, so much the better.” FDR enacted all eight of McCollum’s provocative steps — and more.

        The following link provides the entire scenario…..many as such can be provided…
        https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/history/item/4740-pearl-harbor-hawaii-was-surprised-fdr-was-not

        So please stop providing “unsubstantiated” drivel….

        And have a nice day

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        • Beigun says:

          And there was the annexation of the South China Sea by Imperial Japan in 1939. MOFA informed AMB Grew in Tokyo of the fiat accompli. Grew responded that Japan’s new “Shin-Nan Gunto” was close to the Philippines. Japan administered the Paracels from Hainan and the Spratley from Formosa. So, in 1946 the US provided China the nucleus of a new Navy, nine Destroyers, that sailed from Gitmo to Canton and then the SCS to reclaim it for China from Japan’s Shin-Nan Gunto that was dissolved by Potsdam.

          Now, the USN has the Japanese Navy conduct FONOPS in the waters of old Shin-Nan Gunto.

          Ignorance is America’s “Achilles Heel” in Asia.

          My point: We are sailing to another strategic surprise in the South China Sea as the Ghost Ship, USS Maddox, sails again for FONOPS.

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        • keeler says:

          Was the US concerned about Japanese aggression in China and Indo-China? Yes.

          Did the US take active steps to contain that aggression? Yes.

          Did those steps threaten Japan, and to some degree provoke the attack? Yes.

          Does that mean that the Roosevelt Administration was actively seeking war with Japan in the summer of 1941? No.

          A key point many who accept the PH conspiracy bring up is that the moves made by the US, particularly the oil embargo, forced Japan’s hand. In reality, the Pearl Harbor planning began in early 1941, well before the embargo and final asset freeze in July.

          Many choose to see the diplomatic pressure on Japan as evidence that Roosevelt was hell-bent on provoking Japan in order to draw the US into the war. Others, including myself, interpret US diplomatic actions during 1940 and 1941 as attempts to pressure Japan while avoiding direct war. I see Roosevelt’s economic pressures much in as I see
          Trump’s: attempts to curtail aggressive states behaving in ways detrimental to US security. These actions failed because Japan was committed to war with the US and the colonial powers in Asia long before these actions went into effect. Contrary to 1940s and contemporary American opinion, it was Japan- and not the US- driving political dynamics in the Pacific.

          Even after Pearl Harbor, and against public sentiment, the Roosevelt Administration adopted a “Get Hitler First” policy. Nazi Germany was the larger security threat to the US both before and after PH. If Roosevelt had wanted to sneak the US into the war, German U-boats provided multiple opportunities throughout 1940 and 1941. Doing so would have brought America into the war without a) sacrificing the Pacific Fleet and b) adding another major war onto the wobbling backs of the British, Dutch, and Australian forces and the diversion of much needed resources from the hard-pressed ETO.

          It made little sense in 1941 to allow Japan to attack the Pacific Fleet in order to draw the US into World War II. The more logical route to drawing the US into World War II through a conspiracy ran over the Atlantic, and that path was not taken. And contrary to what many have stated here, the Tripartite Pact did not require German or Italy to declare war if Japan attacked another nation.

          “ARTICLE 3. Japan, Germany, and Italy agree to cooperate in their efforts on aforesaid lines. They further undertake to assist one another with all political, economic and military means if one of the Contracting Powers is attacked by a Power at present not involved in the European War or in the Japanese-Chinese conflict.”

          The article is defensive in nature. Hitler was not required to declare war on the United States if Japan attacked it. We thus must believe that Roosevelt allowed Japan to nearly destroy US naval power in the Pacific hoping that Hitler would also declare war. Japan itself did not make this assumption and felt it necessary to open negotiations with Ribbentrop (who advised Hitler against doing so) to secure German and Italian declarations of war.

          When looking at the broader context of 1941 such an action seems illogical, and even if we accept such a conspiracy was contemplated all indications are that Germany, and not Japan, would have been involved.

          The Roosevelt Administration was not blameless. There were critical critical leadership failures in military and political circles. This resulted in many missed signals, and others which were caught but whose significance only came to be understood with the benefit of hindsight. However the fact that Roosevelt and his military should have seen PH coming, and did not, does not mean he saw the attack coming but chose to allow it to happen. Nor does it mean that the choices they made prior to Pearl Harbor were done with the intention of allowing Pearl Harbor.

          I close with the following quote from Gordon Prang’s At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor, an excellent book examining the failures in US policy and leadership which contributed to the attack:

          “So when the alternatives are examined, it is difficult to see what other course Roosevelt could have taken at this point. Economic sanctions were strong medicine, but they are legal, recognized moves… The embargo was not a malicious attempt to bait Japan into war, but designed to make it stop, look, and listen.”

          “The trouble was that the Japanese were not accustomed to thinking and acting in terms of pragmatic needs… Exceedingly proud and sensitive, they reacted strongly to any real or imagined slight. Roosevelt’s oil embargo delivered a stinging slap to the national psyche.”

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      • GenEarly says:

        The US had cut off all Japanese oil shipments just prior to the attack. While the Japanese had been preparing and training for the attack for months, the oil cut off was knowingly done to provoke a Japanese attack and promptly.

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      • Gerry says:

        Sorry your history is not quite right- FDR wanted to provoke Japan.
        FDR wanted to get in the War with Japan -the benefit was for the Soviets- They could not withstand a two from war with Japan and Germany and maneuver the Japanese to attack the US with the help of a Soviet mole.
        Unbeknownst to many, the memoirs of Henry Stimson, Secretary of War, confirms that FDR wanted to be attacked at Pearl Harbor to find an excuse to enter the war. He wanted to aid the Soviets in their fight against the Germans. He used the Pacific fleet as bait in stationing those ships at Pearl Harbor, despite the advice of Admiral Richardson, who disagreed and was fired by FDR and replaced by Admiral Kimmel. Additionally the Soviets recruited Harry Dexter White, (Operation Snow and the Bennona Files) Undersecretary to Morganthau to compose draconian terms to the Japanese’s that he knew they would not accept. He bullied FDR into believing a tough stance with Japan would work and to abandon a stand down agreement that Japan wanted. Stimson wrote in his diary the main question was “how we should maneuver them into the position of firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves. It was a difficult proposition. See Back Door to War: The Roosevelt Foreign Policy 1933-1941-Charles Tansil.

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      • Amused says:

        The United States went to war with Japan because Soviet agents in the FDR State Department and in Japan (research the Sorge spy ring) managed it.

        The goal was to ensure that the Soviet Union did not face a second front with Japan.

        As thoroughly proven by the Venona decrypts. And as discussed in “Blacklisted by History”, Senator McCarthy was right.

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        • GB Bari says:

          It would help others if you could post some links to some online sources that support your assertions in the first two paragraphs.

          As to the book “Blacklisted by History” (by M. Stanton Evans, 2007), I have not read it but it appears to agree with my understanding that the commies have been embedded in our government since the 1930s (FDR’s Admin). I did read Diana West’s “The Red Thread” which seems to align with many assertions made in Evans’ book.

          Of course Wikipedia, a well-known leftwing (commie) run website, does a fairly balanced description of the book but then highlights the more critical reviews by obvious leftwing sources.
          But here is a decent review of Evans’ book for anyone curious:
          https://www.aim.org/aim-report/mainstream-media-try-to-burn-a-book/

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    • B Woodward says:

      There is a pretty good book that gives an accounting: PEARL HARBOR: FINAL JUDGMENT.
      Pearl Harbor: Final Judgement was written by the Secretary of War’s Special Investigator, Henry C. Clausen. In his investigation Clausen had access to all of the Department of War’s Top Secret decoded documents and interviewed 92 individuals under oath. Clausen shows that several “war alerts” were sent to all of the Pacific commanders in late November and early December 1941, and Hawaii had been specifically ordered to conduct reconnaissance. Then on December 6, Roosevelt was shown 13 Japanese messages sent to the Japanese embassy that had been intercepted and decoded. FDR realized that it meant Japan was going to war with the US. FDR did not know where the Japanese fleet was nor where Japan would strike, but he called General Short in Hawaii that night. The problem was that Admiral Kimmel was not sharing intelligence with General Short and both of the Hawaii commanders had concluded on November 28 that Japan would strike in the Far East, Thailand, Malaya, the Netherlands East Indies, or the Philippines and “no immediate activity beyond possible sabotage was to be expected in Hawaii.”

      It was a very interesting story as Clausen was an experienced attorney and prosecutor. He was very skillful in putting all of the evidence together and then questioning the witnesses while showing them pertinent documents that would prevent them from giving a BS story. It was fascinating how Clausen pieced it all together to determine who was culpable in the Pearl Harbor tragedy.

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  22. Stephen L Smith says:

    Read a great post on why the U.S.S. Arizona will be disturbed for the last time today. https://www.facebook.com/538964002948676/posts/1428548903990177

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  23. zekness says:

    this holiday season I urge all Americans to take some time away from busy shopping and cooking and working to visit the nearest VA hospital.

    Just do it.

    Say hello to our soldiers sailors and airmen. Thank them for the service and the honor they have demonstrated by their service..Tell them you are proud of them. Maybe try to make a relationship..

    Reach out…

    And if you can find a WW2 veteran, embrace them…love on them. Take some photos of them with your family and give the photo to THEM. Play some cards. Run out and get something they really want to eat. let them tell you about their lives…just listen.

    If they are able, arrange they can join your family around a christmas tree.

    Help them

    Let them know they are great people and get some laughs.

    and if you have time, consider volunteering in these VA hospitals.

    if it helps, here is a good resource to learn how to get involved:

    https://www.dav.org/help-dav/volunteer/volunteer-locally-help-veterans/

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  24. Boots says:

    Seaman Miller was the ship’s boxing champ and from his service photo looks like one tough cookie.

    Article I read decades ago said when asked how he fired that .50 with having had no training, he replied he learned from watching the gunnery sailors operate it. Smart man.

    Have never read any article saying Seaman Miller downed any planes, a difficult to near impossible task for any man operating a single barrelled, water cooled .50 BMG.

    The man had guts, integrity (he enlisted to send money to his family back home), brains, and character.

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  25. zekness says:

    I consider the duty and sacrifices of these World War II heroes and the single most legendary and honorable action of any military in the history of the human chronology.

    what happened there, changes the world….the very security we have and the reality that the US continues to be the world super power was secured by an ENTIRE NATION that rose up against evil.

    Imagine the kind of enormous effort and challenges involved..and yet the US patriots did not even blink.

    when the call was made, they answered….and they never backed down..not once.

    I visit cemeteries all over my state. I started doing this after my own grandfathers funeral and burial. That was 1981. I looked around and noticed something significant. A very high number of graves marked with military insignia and date of death, and sometimes location. It didn’t take me long to understand the scale and sacrifice of the young men and women who died to preserve the WORLD security. I never forgot that moment, when I had to catch my breath that day. It hit me.

    Sure you read about it. Sometimes you get the priviledge of listening to someone who was “there”.

    but it is at the graves, when you really truly gain the proper respect for what happened.

    I will never forget!

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  26. Zippy says:

    OUTSTANDING HBO series, free streaming on Amazon Prime:

    The Pacific

    The epic 10-part HBO miniseries that tells the true stories of three Marines fighting in the brutal Pacific theater during WWII. It is based primarily on the memoirs of two US Marines: “With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa” by Eugene Sledge and “Helmet for My Pillow” by Robert Leckie. It also draws on Sledge’s memoir “China Marine and Red Blood, Black Sand,” the memoir of Chuck Tatum, a Marine who fought alongside Basilone at Iwo Jima.

    https://www.amazon.com/The-Pacific-Part-One/dp/B006885FZI

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  27. amwick says:

    My Mother’s kept a silk rose, a gift from a young man that never returned from Pearl Harbor.

    May they both rest in Peace.

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  28. thedustmaker says:

    My Father in law turned 18 on Dec 7 1941, and of course joined the Marines that afternoon.
    Fought across the Pacific, various famous, or infamous islands, took shrapnel that was never all removed, but made it all the way to Nagasaki after the bombing.
    Like many others, never spoke of it. In the Father’s presence now.

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    • jebg46 says:

      It was not until my Dad’s funeral that I learned that even though he couldn’t serve due to severe asthma, that he played a big part in the Manhattan Project because, besides being a brilliant chemical engineer, he had a photographic memory. They used him to carry top secret data from one location to another. Their orders were to shoot him if he were ever kidnapped enroute. I was shocked that he never shared this with the whole family. What is astonishing to me was that he died December 7, 2010, at 93.

      Let this be a reminder for the millions of American Patriots who served behind the scenes to bring us victory. I still support the use of the bombs my Dad helped develop that finally ended the horrendous worldwide war because it saved so many more lives that would have been lost.

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  29. Deadbeat says:

    A tragedy for sure. But what’s even more tragic are the reasons behind it.

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  30. emet says:

    In the early 1970s my family was watching Tora Tora Tora on TV. My uncle stopped in and was half paying attention to it. He was at Schofield Barracks during the Pearl Harbor attack. Anyway, he started talking about how Hawaii was before WW2. And of particular note he described how the lines at the brothels would wind around the blocks.
    About this time my grandmother stops by, and I announced to her that Uncle Bob was telling us about Hawaii before the war. She turned and asked him, “Were you welcomed with a lei in those days?”
    “Yes” he replied. “In a manner of speaking.”

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  31. billrla says:

    Thank you, CTH, for today’s post about Pearl Harbor. This post motivated me to order yet another WWII history book to read about extraordinarily ordinary Americans, fighting in the Pacific.

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  32. Brutalus says:

    I once asked my grandfather, who was a life long Navy man, where he was when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, expecting him to have been smack in the middle of the attack on Hawaii…instead he told me, shoot, me and a couple buddies were off the base without permission and had to race back to Long Beach before anyone knew….Grandpa went on to to serve in the Pacific including the battle of Midway, a chief gunners mate, which meant he shot down incoming kamikaze zeros…when I asked about it, he’d merely shrug and start talking about his navy buddies…

    sometimes when I want to throw my hands up about the current state of affairs, how coddled we all are, how snowflakey the millennials and brainwashed Americans are, how this current citizenry would never rise up and stop the tyranny that is afoot within right now…I think of my grandfather’s reaction to when I would bring up the term Greatest Generation…he would scoff, and say, hell we didnt do anything anyone wouldn’t have done..we were the biggest good offs you ever seen, but circumstances forced our hand…first the depression, then the war…and we did the only thing we could…

    I think of that not downplay what that generation did…they were absolute heroes in my book…my point is, despite how comfortable we all here in 2019, with our iPhones and flat screen tv’s… if the forces of tyranny were to rise up now and try to snatch our country from us, despite all the eyores and trolls on here telling me here we couldnt do anything about it, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, American people would rise up and, in my grandfather’s words, “do the only thing we could”

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  33. Curt says:

    Been to Pearl many many times. It’s truly a solemn yet beautiful place. I was aware of this history when I was very small. The “Greatest Generation” is putting it mildly. I’ve read many books about Pearl and the aftermath of December 7th, 1941. A truly great book is “BATTLESHIP SAILOR” authored by Ted Lawson. A depression era youngster from California, who joins the Navy in 1940, only to end up on the USS California (prune barge) Sunday morning Dec 7th. This book gives the best insight into what the pre WWII Navy was really like more than any book I’ve ever read. It’s been adopted by the Navy as part of it’s official history. Ted lost many friends and endured much to survive and go on to serve during the rest of WWII. Fascinating account……..

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    • Curt says:

      One of those who received the Medal of Honor posthumously was Chief Petty officer Thomas Reeves. He was Ted Lawson’s senior petty officer and well liked and respected because of his fairness, honesty and genuine concern for his fellow sailors. He was chief of the radio room aboard the California. On that fateful day he went below deck time and again to rescue fellow sailors and bring ammunition to the upper decks. I have visited his grave at the Punch Bowl on Ohau: the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. If you haven’t been there your are truly missing a poignant and beautiful place where many of our war dead are buried. The memorial here is incredibly beautiful.

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  34. rah says:

    Some things you may not know about the attack on Pearl Harbor.
    Had the US fleet detected the approach of the Japanese or had happened to be off Pearl the ships that were eventually salvaged from the shallow waters of the harbor would have been lost forever in deep soundings.

    Nagumo screwed up. He failed to take out the oil storage tanks at Pearl. Had he done so US fleet operations out of Pearl would have crippled far longer than they were. According to Nimitz about 18 months.The battle of Midway as we know it may well never have happened.

    Have you noticed that none of the old Battlewagons that survived the attack at Pearl and were quickly repaired and ready to go were used in the Coral Sea or during any of the numerous and intense Naval engagements during the Guadalcanal campaign? The primary reason why is fuel. The Navy simply did not have the tankers/oilers nor infrastructure to keep those older, slower, fuel guzzling battleships running in the south pacific at the time. So they were limited to using the few newer, faster, more fuel efficient “fast battleships” they had until such a time the logistical capability to keep the old battleships in fuel became available.

    At the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor the average US Naval Aviator had less than 160 hours of flight time the Army aviators even less. The average Japanese Naval aviator that flew in the attack had over 500 hours of flight time. This same disparity in experience applied at the Battle of Midway also.

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    • Curt says:

      Yes, there is a new movie “Midway” just released. It’s got the usual Hollywood hype and over the top special effects… but the individual incidents depicted are amazingly accurate. A friend, now deceased, was a radio operator and machine gunner on board one of the torpedo planes that fought in the Battle of Midway. He told me what happened one day when we were working together….. and how his plane miraculously survived the battle. Incredible luck, combined with professionalism and the will to live. He lived to fly again and had many others close calls throughout the war.

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  35. B Woodward says:

    I had several uncles in WWII. One was a combat engineer in the Marines. He did all of the island hopping in the Pacific. He had lost some close friends in battles. I once asked him if he hated the Japanese. He said, “No, they bled red just like the rest of us.” He came back and lived in Arizona where he died from radiation from US govt experiments.

    They were the greatest generation. God bless them.

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  36. TarsTarkas says:

    My father was in the Army at the Canal when Pearl Harbor happened. What many people do not know is the level of censorship over the news of the attack. He told me he was told that the Japanese had only destroyed a few oil tankers and some old rust-bucket small ships. He started figuring it was worse when while on guard duty he started seeing significant elements of the Atlantic Fleet pass through the canal at night.
    He ended up flying with the 15th AAC as a Triple Threat (Navigator, Bombardier, Radar Man) over cake targets like Blechhammer and Ploesti (3X) but never got a scratch, although he did suffer from tinnitus and the bombardier shakes until the day he died.

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  37. emeraldcoaster says:

    In his later years, my uncle provided us some eye-opening details of his perspective as a sailor at Pearl Harbor on that day. Stationed on Ford Island, he joined a couple of others on a support craft to pull several dozen survivors from the water. The older he got, the more vivid the picture. After retiring as a CPO, he put in another 20+ years in civil service and was there when I was stationed at Hickam. He was a great tour guide. I remember the pock marks from Japanese aircraft fire still on my unit’s hangar back in the 80’s. My dad went into uniform in ‘42 and finished the war aboard the resurrected TENNESSEE. Dad retired after 33 years in uniform, but he seldom spoke of the war. As he succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease, and lost any semblance of short-term memory, I was awed as he recounted minute details from his war years: sleeping by the shaft alley, and the thunder of the guns. When asked what it was like to fire a broadside, he replied “it hurt!”.

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  38. InAz says:

    Thank you Mr. President, President Donald J. Trump.

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  39. mac says:

    There is a saying I heard a lot during my time in Texas: “Don’t start no trouble, won’t be no trouble.” Pity the Japanese Empire’s leadership didn’t understand that saying in an American context.

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  40. Gunner says:

    He was a corporal, and he survived that day while at Schofield Barracks. He served throughout the Pacific during the war. He eventually married and raised four children on a barber’s salary. He was my dad…and I salute him, and I honor him, and I miss him.

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  41. billmonnie says:

    God Bless America!

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  42. Kent Stromsted says:

    I was able to meet with the last two of the Doolittle Raiders: David Thatcher in Missoula, Mt and Dick Cole in San Antonio, Tx. Thatcher was played by Robert Walker in the 1944 movie Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. Cole, the last of these heroes died this year at 101. These two experienced much acclaim from a grateful nation but it waned with time. Today probably a miniscule % of Americans even know of the Raiders. Both men didn’t spend a second thinking of themselves as heroes. They just wanted to get back at the Japanese for Pearl Harbor.

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  43. California Joe says:

    Saw Midway last weekend and it was excellent! The audience cheered at the end. Most of the characters portrayed in the movie were real pilots and Naval personnel. The film is very accurate and was made by Roland Emmerich the guy who made The Patriot with Mel Gibson.

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  44. fabrabbit says:

    I recently met an airman who was in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. I always keep my eye out for the caps these veterans wear and thank them. I’m afraid generations after mine will remember WWII and Pearl Harbor the way I regard the Civil War, remote and not connected to me. As I post-war baby I remember the flight jackets of Dads and uncles and an occasional canteen or e-tool in garages.

    Thank you for this beautiful posting. God bless our men and women veterans and those currently serving.

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