🗽 Pearl Harbor Day 🗽 Open Thread

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On the morning of December 7, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Navy launched a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than 2,000 Americans were killed amid the bombings, which destroyed a significant number of US battleships and airplanes. In a speech to Congress the following day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the day of the attack “a date which will live in infamy.” Shortly thereafter, Congress passed a declaration of war against Japan, casting the United States into World War II.
Survivor recalls fear, anger on day of Pearl Harbor attack

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:

And finally,

I wonder if this is still true…

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13 Responses to “🗽 Pearl Harbor Day 🗽 Open Thread”

  1. helenk3 Says:

    in today’s world sometimes we forget this

    David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 42m42 minutes ago

    .@BattleAxe00 @cgcdrawbias ‘snowflakes’ notwithstanding, there are many 20-somethings risking their lives today, every bit as heroic.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I have no doubt of the courage and dedication of those in uniform – it is those who benefit from their patriotism, courage and dedication that I doubt.

  2. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Children-who-lived-through-Pearl-Harbor-attack-remember–404976175.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_NYBrand

    children who lived through pearl harbor remember

  3. helenk3 Says:

    http://nation.foxnews.com/2016/12/06/pearl-harbor-survivor-what-i-saw-aboard-uss-arizona-december-7-1941

    what i saw aboard the USS Arizona Dec 7 1941

    sometimes in all the pomp and circumstance we need to be reminded of how it effected the men who lived through it, and listen to their memories

  4. helenk3 Says:
  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Thank you so much for this important, and powerful, remembrance of what happened on this inauspicious day so long ago. May we never forget..

    Bing had this image as their homepage today – it was taken in 1942 as sailors remembered their fallen brothers:

    Pearl Harbor

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Kirsten Gillibrand Applies Feminist Ideology to the Military

    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is a ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel. She vows to block the appointment of the highly regarded James Mattis as Defense Secretary. This is consistent with her tendency to promote an ideology that is not a smooth fit with military effectiveness. Gillibrand…

    …cheered the Pentagon’s decision to open up all combat jobs to women last December, despite a recommendation from the Marine Corps to keep some frontline combat jobs closed to women. A comprehensive study by the service found that female members were injured twice as often as men in combat, less accurate with infantry weapons, and not as effective at removing wounded individuals from the battlefield.

    http://rightwingnews.com/feminism/kirsten-gillibrand-applies-feminist-ideology-military/

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

  8. helenk3 Says:

    just arrested two juveniles for starting Tennessee wild fires that killed 5

    • helenk3 Says:

      Officials: 2 juveniles charged in deadly wildfires are not from Sevier County, but are residents of Tennessee; investigation ongoing – WKRN

  9. helenk3 Says:

    with the price of olive oil being so high, I thought this should be shared

    http://www.anonews.co/fake-olive-oil/

  10. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1216/hanson120816.php3

    OUCH -backtrack’s legacy
    Victor Davis Hanson

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