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Old 12-05-2010, 03:38 PM   #1
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December 7th 1941

December 7th, 1941 Pearl Harbor ...

The anniversary date will be here very soon folks and I want all of us to remember the men and women that lost their lives in the two ocean war we were involved in after that date.
Anyone that does not know that I am a big advocate of Veterans from WW2 hasn't read much of my posts. I have a special ''place'' in my heart for the WW2 guys that volunteered for service for twenty two dollars a month. The guys that stood in lines that went all the way around the block to go to war and defend this country against aggressors that were intent on defeating this great nation. To the nation that struck at us without warning on that Sunday morning with a devastating air attack that crippled our Naval forces in the South Pacific I say you ''woke up a sleeping tiger filled with great resolve''. One of their Admirals said that and he knew that they were in deep trouble after twelve to eighteen months of war because this nation would go on a war footing and out produce the world in war material in a short time. He was right.
This is the nation that could produce cargo ships faster than German U-Boats could sink them and the nation that produced more tanks than Germany could produce shells to blow them up. This is the nation that produced enough airplanes to sweep the sky's of Europe clean of the mightiest German air force the world had ever seen.
This is the nation that raised, re-fitted and sent to war all except one of the battle ships that were sunk in Pearl Harbor on that faithful Sunday morning. They made us mad and we were filled with ''Great Resolve''. This is the nation that marched up the Pacific Ocean and convinced by force an enemy that we would never stop and we would never give quarter to a nation that attacked us without warning. Somehow I believe they got the message twice in a mushroom cloud over their great cities. As I remember they wanted to die for the emperor and we showed them how.

We are losing our WW2 Veterans at over a thousand a day now. I am greatly saddened by this in that an oral history is being wasted and lost to us forever. Most of you know my father was U.S. NAVY, South Pacific, combat veteran. I have wished a thousand times that I would have recorded his thoughts and memories of the war. I have wished that I would have recorded his fears and sadness concerning war and the waste of war as he saw it. After I got old enough to understand he would sometimes just sit and talk about the horrors he saw and the good men that died at his side and how he saw no use in such waste of men and material. He spoke of the young Marines he carried to the beaches and the wounded men he carried to hospital ships waiting off shore. He spoke of the thousands and thousands of dead that he saw and he asked God why he survived and they did not. He saw men die and he helped kill and he did it because it had to be done. Poppa always said he was not a brave man but he sure fought along side some really brave men. Poppa was my hero and I always held him in the highest regard as a man. It has always been my wish to be at least one tenth the man my Poppa was.

My question now is where is the great nation that rose to the challenge of World War Two?
Where is the generation that will stand in line to sign up to fight an enemy that would threaten this nation.
I believe we are still that great nation and I believe this generation is still a generation that would stand in line and sign up to fight an enemy that would threaten this great nation. At every opportunity I talk to our young Armed Forces men and women and I believe they are ready, willing and able to defend this nation. My hope is that their resolve would be used wisely by our people in charge and that their lives would not be squandered in a political conflict without purpose or any plausible outcome.
In my posts I usually end with ''God bless our troops and bring them home safe and soon'' and I mean this with all my heart that our young men and women shall be home soon to the people that miss them and love them. I also end with ''God bless our Veterans... ALL GAVE SOME... SOME GAVE ALL..'' I say all this with respect and honor to them for their service to this great nation.

On December 7th I ask that each person that reads this shall take a moment and kneel and ask God to bless this great nation and to bless the men and women that gave it all for this great nation. Bless our military personnel of every strip and color and rank that they may be safe and return to the families that miss them.

Nuff said I guess.....

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Old 12-05-2010, 05:29 PM   #2
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Good post! Your quote was from Admiral Yamamoto. He also sad the Japanese should never invade the US because "they would find a gun behind every blade of grass".

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Old 12-05-2010, 05:57 PM   #3
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My Dad was stationed at Pearl harbor on December 7th, 1941. He was on a destroyer escort that came in from patrol on December 6th, 1941 and were waiting to start re-provisioning the ship. They put to see with the stores thay had and took all supplies at sea for moths afterward.

The sacrifices he made as well as all of the other men during that period of US history must remembered by everyone.

Do not let their sacrifices go without thanks.

Also remember all of the young men and women serving to protect our freedoms today as well.

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Old 12-06-2010, 05:42 AM   #4
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Gods blessings to your father and all men and women that served in our great time of peril. It is beyond my scope of reason that I would have the courage that these people showed at a moments notice and having the ability to do their jobs as necessary. God bless our troops and God bless our Veterans for doing their duty with courage and the skill to overcome an enemy intent on destroying us and the way we live.
May God keep this nation safe........
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:51 AM   #5
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A couple of links to follow:

1) The book by Martin Cruz Smith called December 6. A review:
Book Review - December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith

Ever since I read Gorky Park, I've always looked forward to anything by Martin Cruz Smith....

Harry Niles was raised in Tokyo, attended Japanese schools, and for all intents and purposes was a Japanese man, except that he was born in America. His parents were Baptist missionaries who left Harry behind with his alcoholic uncle in Tokyo while they tried to convert the Japanese in the countryside. Harry grew up on the streets of the Asakusa section of Tokyo,...

2) Amazon link to order a copy:
Amazon.com: December 6: A Novel (9780671775926): Martin Cruz Smith: Books

3) The newest piece, in the vein of SeaJay's lament, published just yesterday by my (our?) old buddy Fred Reed:
Fred On Everything
(Be sure you've had your coffee and breakfast is digested before reading)
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I visited the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. I am so glad I did. It was a very moving experiance to be where so many gave their all. God bless us all !!
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My last 2 cruises I went to the memorial. Planned my Navy Retirement on the deck of the. USS Missouri Which is side by side with the memorial. Just decided to fly home instead.
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My wife's Great Uncle was a B-52 pilot, and the pilot of several other aircraft at that time. He is now deceased.

We get together with our Great Aunt and talk about those years and their travels. She is now 92 years old and going strong.

It is indeed sad that that generation is passing on. There are so many great stories, only some of which, I am sure, have been told to us by our Great Aunt. They are what our country is all about.

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As the USS Missouri (BB-63), nicknamed "Big Mo", was mentioned, I'll share a little personal information:

My Dad, a Scottish Shipbuilder (earlier employed at John Brown & Company, Clydbank) was a "Snapper" (Dock Foreman) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Supervised the crew that laid the 1st section of the Missouri's Keel and ultimately completed her build. He was also a "Snapper" during the conversion of the Hospital ship USS Repose (AH-16), nicknamed "Angel of the Orient".

After 5 years of Submarine service and other duty stations, my "Shore-Duty" evolution came up and I was transferred to Bremerton (Puget Sound Reserve Fleet) in early October 1965. "Big Mo", then in "Mothballs", was in my group's command and on my Son's 1st birthday (September 2, 1966), I brought him aboard for a 'photo-shoot'. Taking advantage of the opportunity, I had him stand on the Quarterdeck by the plaque commemorating Japan's signing of their unconditional surrender on September 2, 1945. I got a little crazy with the camera and climbed the main mast to as far as one can go (about 180 feet above the water) to take a picture of him standing on the Plaque (my gosh, he was so small).
He doesn't remember it but I thought it was kinda neat.

Almost 3 football fields in length, 100+ feet at the Beam, 9 16-inch guns, a 14" thick Armor Belt at the waterline and over 50,000 Tons; I knew that ship from stem to stern and I'll tell you folks, it is very, very impressive.

God bless our Vets and all who serve today.

Remember Pearl Harbor.
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I also visted the Arizona Memorial. It was a very special experience for me. I just wanted to say thanks to those that gave so much and to the men and women of the armed forces of today for their service.
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I also have had the incredible privaledge to have visited the Arizona memorial. I stood with my wife and watched as a large drop of oil came to the surface and broke, spreading a sheen out over the Pacific water. Tears came to our eyes as we silently looked into the depths and could see the greenish, grey outline of a gun turret. A few years before we saw the icon of the end of that terrible war, the Enola Gaye, at the Smithsonian Air and Space museum in Washington, DC.
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Today I walked in my office. I saluted the flag at half staphe as I walked in.
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My father was in the United States Army Air Force during WWII when I was born, I admired him very much. I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the greatest of that era including Lee Archer, recently deceased, the only ace of the Tuskegee Airmen and the venerable Chuck Yeager still flying as recent as last year. Both of these guys became aces (Yeager a double ace) in P-51 Mustangs.

An admirable generation of heroes all.

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