Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Remember Pearl Harbor

Yesterday I read a blurb in the paper about the attack on Pearl Harbor on this day in 1941 and it didn't even hint at who perpetrated the cowardly deed. I fear the Day of Infamy stands a good chance of being forgotten by a nation whose schools don't want to teach anything that might offend a special interest group, and there are special interest groups for everything under the sun.

But I won't forget even though I wasn't born when it happened. I hope that if anyone reading this post doesn't know why we need to remember Pearl Harbor, he or she takes a few minutes to look it up.


11 comments:

Richard Robinson said...

A hellish day, we were so unprepared.

wayne d. dundee said...

Well said, Cap'n. It is often quoted that history is written by the winners --- but if the PC element that has our country in such a tight grip continues to have their way it won't matter who won or lost or why ... we will all have been award-worthy "participants".

James Reasoner said...

I'm not going to forget it, either, but I have a feeling that if you asked most people under 35 about it, they'd say "Pearl what?" I doubt if either of my daughters knows much about it.

Cap'n Bob said...

I should ask my girls if they know about it, and lecture them if they don't.

Kristine Jorgensen said...

Psh. What did you think I was doing in Honolulu in 2011? Obviously I was visiting the site of Pearl Harbor and viewing the devastation of 2,000 people dead and numerous vessels destroyed, namely the USS Arizona which I got to see. The attack was by Japan and eventually we were involved in WWII from all of this. I seriously knew that.

Cap'n Bob said...

I thought you did, but we never talked about it. Good for you.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

My father was at a football game at the Polo Grounds that day when they started calling various military men and telling them to report to their units. He was 17 but convinced his mother to let him drop out of high school and enlist, eventually ending up in the Army Air Corps. He spent most of the war in England, keeping Omar Bradley's plane in the air (among many others). Before he left for the Army he went to a party on Christmas Eve, where he rescued a damsel in distress from a drunken, passed-out date. It was my mother, who corresponded with him for four long years.

December 7 is my brother's birthday, and was my grandmother's as well.

Johnny Guitar said...

After what happened at Pearl Harbour i cant believe there are still people who think the two giant mushrooms were unnecessary.

Cap'n Bob said...

I had an uncle at Pearl when it was bombed. He got a hand injury and stayed bombed himself for the rest of his life.

George said...

After my Dad retired from a 32-year teaching career, he and my mother visited Pearl Harbor. My Dad had been stationed there during World War II before he was assigned a berth on the destroyer, U.S.S. Kidd. Both my Dad and my mother found the Pearl Harbor tour very moving.

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