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What day is Today - Did we forget?

Post by TRDxB2 » Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:00 pm

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Post by paulmikeska » Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:04 pm

I wore my BB-39 hat to work today.

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Post by Oldav8tor » Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:19 pm

December 7th will continue to be remembered as a "day of infamy." It drew us into a war that saw the deaths of 418,500 American soldiers and civilians over roughly 3 1/2 years. Despite being old enough to avoid the draft, my dad joined the Seabees and served in the Pacific while my mom left her teaching job to build bombers at Ford's Willow Run Plant. Even my grandmother, who had never worked outside the home, worked in a defense industry. I am proud of all of them. Understandably, the sacrifices made by Americans during this period earned them the distinction of being the "Greatest Generation."

I apologize for hijacking this thread somewhat but an unfortunate comparison is the current Covid crisis. 282,436 deaths since March puts us on track to equal or pass the deaths from WWII yet we still can't pull it together to do all that needs to be done to stem the spread of this awful virus. What will future generations call us?
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Post by Rich Eagle » Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:30 pm

We are fortunate to have the stories and movies to remind us of that event and hopefully we will keep learning from unfortunate events.
It's also the 52nd anniversary to my marriage to my first wife and my friend Lynn's birthday. He passed away in February.
When did I do that?

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Post by RustyFords » Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:37 pm

My grandfather's best friend, PJ McMurtry, was a Pearl Harbor survivor.

He was a big fan of high school football and came to all my practices and games in the 1980's. He and I attended the same high school, nearly 50 years apart.

He refused to buy Japanese cars for decades. Then, one Saturday in 1986, he showed up in our driveway in a brand-new Honda Accord. We were all shocked and asked him about it. He said, "I've held onto that anger for a long, long time, and it's time to let it go. Plus, this is just a damn good car!"
(I'm paraphrasing)

He passed away many years ago. He was a hulk of a man, 6' 3" and pure muscle. I knew of his WW2 exploits and thought of him as something akin to a god. He had a gentle spirit and a genuine kindness that is rare in this world.

I miss him.

God bless all those who served that day in Pearl Harbor.
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Post by Russ G » Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:15 pm

Today, 12/07/2020 remembers the Pearl Harbor DATE. Pearl Harbor DAY will always be the first Sunday in December. Never forget.


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Post by Herb Iffrig » Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:24 pm

Our Family Doctor, Rene DuMontier, was in the service at Pearl Harbor on December the 7th.
I heard him tell my dad about delivering a baby that day up in the hills above Pearl Harbor and seeing the attack from a distance. Surely that was a historic event to see.
Later I think he was sent to Europe to attend the effort there.

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Post by CudaMan » Mon Dec 07, 2020 2:18 pm

There is an interesting series of three videos on Youtube covering the raising and repairs on the ships that were damaged or sunk in the attack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB-V9cCSC8o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlLCe1WNaIE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eibt2gYuFD4
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Post by Jerry VanOoteghem » Mon Dec 07, 2020 2:40 pm

Remember Pearl Harbor...

May we always honor those who's lives were lost in the fight for freedom. Let us honor them not only by our words, but by our deeds and by the way we live our lives as Americans. May their souls rest in peace, the heros of Dec. 7, 1941.


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Post by Dan McEachern » Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:31 pm

thank you for the reminder!


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Post by Norman Kling » Mon Dec 07, 2020 4:54 pm

My 9th grade Social Studies teacher was there watching as her husband lost his life in the battle. I am not a man to get emotional and tear up, but when we visited the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, many years later, I began to cry when I saw his name on the plaque.
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Post by Steve Jelf » Mon Dec 07, 2020 4:56 pm

Before the movie Midway was released last year I was afraid it would make WWII look like a video game, which some movies of recent years have done. I was delighted to find that it wonderfully recreated the look of the era. The Pearl Harbor attack and the subsequent battle scenes looked very real. From what I've read the historical accuracy was much better than we've come to expect in movies. All historical films, including this one, get some things wrong, but I think in this one the mistakes are few and minor. If you haven't seen it I recommend it.

At the time of the attack my folks and I lived at 1363 Gulf Avenue in Wilmington. I was just six months old, so I don't remember it. But Mom later told of the effect it had on her. In those days the nearby Palos Verdes peninsula was mostly undeveloped, and along the south side of the peninsula were farms owned by Japanese immigrants or Nisei. After Pearl Harbor Mom dreamed that Japanese agents from Palos Verdes had tied grenades to the springs of her bed, and she awoke from her nightmare trying to untie them. Five years after the war she met her closest friend Terry, who was Nisei. They were dear friends for the rest of their lives.
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Post by BuddyTheRoadster » Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:37 pm

My grandfather, Harry Lee Polto, was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He's mentioned in Walter Lord's Day of Infamy.

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Post by John Warren » Mon Dec 07, 2020 7:45 pm

Definitely a day to think about, our freedom was under attack. So many paid the ultimate price so we could continue to enjoy our beloved country. SALUTE!!!!
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Post by 8inline » Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:34 pm

Perhaps of interest. Pearl Harbor survivor dies at age 104. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/state ... =197184513

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Post by Steve Jelf » Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:01 am

Felix Marshall's obit mentions his brother, who was captured in Guam on December 8. Pete Marshall wrote a book about his experience as a POW.

https://www.amazon.com/1368-Days-Americ ... 1944733167
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Post by Original Smith » Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:44 am

I had my flag out all day. Most of the folks in my neighborhood forgot!

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