Let’s remember Pearl Harbor

The generation that experienced the attack on Pearl Harbor is fading away, which makes it all the more important that we remember Pearl Harbor.  Regular readers know that we’ve always taken the attack on Pearl Harbor very seriously in my family, because it marked the beginning of Japan’s assault against the entire Pacific region.  My Mom was living in the Dutch East Indies at the time (aka Java), and ended up interned by the Japanese for the rest of the war.

I will always remember Pearl Harbor, and I will always be thankful for the tens of thousands of brave Allied fighters who liberated the Pacific at such great cost to themselves.  (This may explain my partiality for the Marines and the Navy.)

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  • Caped Crusader

    A day etched in my memory forever. Was at my grandmother’s house for Sunday dinner with the whole family when the news flash came over the radio. Hard to fathom the full significance, but all knew the  future was ominous. My uncle, her youngest child, was to finish medical school in 6 months and would spend almost 3 years in North Africa, Mediterranean campaigns, Italy, and Southern France invasions. An area just as brutal, but much less publicity and less well known for some reason. Grandmother died March 1945, never saw her son again after leaving. Numerous cousins served in all theaters, including a cousin killed in the air over Germany piloting a B17 Flying Fortress. Few realize that about as many were killed in the air over Europe as in the entire Korean or Vietnam wars. A 78% chance you would not live to complete 25 missions, and if you were that lucky you had the option to return to states and train future airmen. The famous Memphis Belle, the first to do so. Had the pleasure of meeting Col. Robert Morgan, the pilot, at the Naval Base airshow about 15 years ago. Several cousins in Navy and living through the Kamikaze attacks in the Pacific. Once gone you were “in for the duration”, and if you came home early it was in a coffin, or so seriously wounded you would be unable to return to battle. Next door neighbor shot in head, losing left eye and part of brain but surviving. Wife’s uncle shot in the lung at Battle of the Bulge. High school ROTC instructor shot in the buttocks at the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest (the so called million dollar wound). Neighborhoods devoid of young men. Everyone involved, doubt people today could stand up to a similar challenge. Food and clothing severely rationed, must have stamps to buy anything needed for war. Kids went door to door collecting scrap metal, paper, and kitchen grease (to make nitroglycerin). Kids a little older than I, and in the rapid growth years with huge appetites, remember being hungry all the time since they wanted more food than was available. Only fat kid in entire school was a girl with severe thyroid disease, memory verified by searching old school annuals. Just NO fat kids back then!
    Military Channel show, Philadelphia, Arsenal of Democracy, very interesting if you have a chance to see it. Almost unbelievable fact stated was, that working 12 hour shifts seven days a week, 20,000 people dropped dead on the job due to the strain. Due to shortage of workers, all in family had to help run the family business, and at age 8 I was responsible for riding the city bus after school and transferring downtown to another bus to reach our store where mother was working. Seems crazy today, but not rare then. Kids had to learn to raise themselves to a certain extent.

  • 11B40

    Greetings:  I’m still serving my deportation to the San Francisco Bay area, living a couple of soviets south of what the locals, for some arcane reason, refer to as “The City” but what I still call “Frisco”. Out here, the Pacific Theater of WW II (The Big One) is remembered along a spectrum that runs from the Japanese-American internment to the dropping of the a-bombs on all those Japanese grannies and kiddies, with Negro segregation and Rosie the Rivetress falling somewhere in between.  I suppose that there will be some kind of media head nod to the Pearl Harbor attack but it, and in particular the tax-supported Progressive (née Public) Broadcasting System, will quickly revert to preferred form and continue distorting as much of our World War II history as possible. Which strikes me as more than peculiar as I live a short walk away from remnants of military gun emplacements of that time. Things were a bit more serious than today’s media would have you believe.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    If I had a “like” button for comments, 11B40, I’d click it on your comment.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Whether America has faith enough to kill domestic and foreign enemies remains to be seen. In WWI and WWII, such strength existed. But after more than 5 decades of Leftist occupation, it will be interesting to see if Americans still believe enough to kill and die for this nation. And this time, America won’t be fighting an enemy that believes in their own cause enough to kill and die for it. The Left has succeeded for most of this time because it is very good at manipulating other people into fighting and dying for it.

  • Charles Martel

    The mother of my best friend from high school was interned at Manzanar during WWII, a camp on the bleak east side of the Sierra Nevada in California. His father, a very brave but also angry and despotic man, was the only Japanese-American officer serving in the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet during the year. While serving he endured unspeakable, nearly intolerable indignities and hostility on the part of his fellow officers.
    So I was familiar with the suffering that the internment of Japanese-Americans visited upon a patriotic people during the war.
    But I never for a second conflated what we Americans did to our fellow citizens with what the Germans, Russians, Chinese, Japanese, Turks, Arabs and so many other nations have done to theirs.
    That contrast in lost on the left. The reason why is more sinister than just the usual leftist doublethink where mass murdering societies never stink as much as ours. What’s sinister is this: If the leftist project against this country ever reaches its final goal, we will, indeed, see the 25 million murders of counter-revolutionaries that Bill Ayers smacks his lips over as the price for creating his and Bernardine’s paradise on earth. 
    A little more drastic than Manzanar, no? Unfortunately, all the people who could recognize the irony will have been murdered.

  • 11B40

    Greetings:  especially “Charles Martel”

    In a similarly perverse vein, I have often thought about what might have happened had the Japanese-Americans not been interned and their fellow Americans took it to mind to visit “unspeakable, nearly intolerable indignities and hostility” on them.  Would we be listening to annual home front body count recitations in addition to the annual A-bomb bathos.  Also, our beloved and patriotic media seems incapable of noticing the comparison between being interned and being drafted for four or so years.  To one degree or another, the lives of most Americans were disrupted during those darkest of days.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    You can blame the internment camps on FDR. Another Democrat great idea of how to control the masses. Which was just another way of saying all the Democrats took their property and gave it to themselves.

    The Left did it, but they complain about it as if you did it.


  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The Leftist Utopia may take 5 centuries to reach the pen ultimate culmination. In the meanwhile, they’ll be enjoying the luxuries they stole from the workers, making more sex slaves to abuse and profit from, and generally speaking, living the life of the Emperors Nero and Caligula until it all goes down in flames.

  • Caped Crusader

    Second only to Remember Pearl Harbor kids sang this song during WWll:
    Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

  • Caped Crusader

    Martel & 11B40:
    One of the men the left loves to hate, J. Edgar Hoover, tried desperately to convince Roosevelt not to incarcerate the Japanese, since he had then under observation for several years, and that only a few hundred were not loyal and he could round them up in a few days. He advised him that the vast majority were very loyal citizens. It may have been a form of protective custody, knowing that the government would be starting a propaganda campaign to convince the populace they were worse than rats and must be eliminated. As i went to lunch at school daily, I passed a huge poster with a scowling buck toothed Jap soldier with thick glasses advising me he would like to kill me and not to save tin cans, tinfoil, grease,etc, needed for the war effort. No doubt in my mind if I saw such a person he was to be “terminated”.

  • 11B40

    Greetings:  especially “Charles Martel” and “Caped Crusader”

    Well, out here in the West, my day is dawning and I’m afraid that this rooster is about to crow a bit, if that’s the right word.

    As I went through the day’s TV listing, my eye was caught by two “documentariy” programs to be broadcast by KCSM, the Progressive (née Public) Broadcasting System channel operated by the College of San Mateo, our local community college.  At 9pm, it’s showing “In Time of War: The Japanese-American Experience of WW II” to be followed at 10pm by “Prange and Pearl Harbor: A Magnificent Obsession”.

    Quod erat demonstrato.  (A little Latin on Sunday morning is a good thing.)


  • Gringo

    After my mother died, we found out from our aunt that my mother had a hometown friend/boyfriend who was one of the sailors killed at Pearl Harbor.  I suspect that because it hurt my mother so much, she said nothing about it. [My parents did not meet until after WW2 had ended.] That is how I remember Pearl Harbor.

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