PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Surprise, fear, anger and pride.
That’s what Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing recalls about the attack that plunged the U.S. into World War II.
In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 photo, Jim Downing, 103, poses in a Navy uniform in Honolulu, with a photo of himself taken when he was about 20 years old. Downing is among a few dozen survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor who plan to gather at the Hawaii naval base Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, to remember those killed 75 years ago. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/07/survivor-recalls-fear-anger-on-day-pearl-harbor-attack.html
I wonder how long we will remember Pearl Harbor. I suspect only as a “quaint” Memorial in Hawaii will be all that remains as the few remaining men and women who were there, who experienced the horror first hand pass on.
We are a nation who are very good at building memorials and IMHO not so good at remembering the why and the what that they represent. As my generation passes on who will remember Pearl Harbor and much more important, care?
The Pearl Harbor Memorial:
The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship’s 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor. The 184-foot-long Memorial structure spanning the mid-portion of the sunken battleship consists of three main sections: the entry and assembly rooms; a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation; and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizona are engraved on the marble wall.
I present some images of that horrible day and then this is an open thread.
Aerial view of 4 of the great battleships:
Headline from the Charleston Daily Mail December 8, 1941 below. That was back in the days when we didn’t apologize to our enemies when they attacked us. Liberals, even FDR, were still on the side of America back then.
Capsized USS Oklahoma:
Aerial view of Pearl Harbor:
I wonder if this is still true…