Pearl Harbor Day

71 years ago today, America was attacked at Pearl Harbor. We were thus thrust onto center stage of the 20th Century’s biggest conflict and the most clear-cut war for liberty in the history of the world. It’s a day to remember the sacrifices made by that generation, who are now leaving us at a very rapid pace. They saved the world for freedom, this would be a very good day to thank them. In this video, I want you to listen to resolve of Franklin Roosevelt, in it you will learn much about leadership in a free country.

This is how an American President responds to an attack on the homeland.

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The Arizona at Pearl Harbor: Image via Wikipedia

We all know (or should) that behind them the Japanese attackers left 2,403 dead, 188 destroyed planes and a crippled Pacific Fleet that included 8 damaged or destroyed battleships. One of them the USS Arizona is still there, minus her hull, still to this day leaking oil, and designated as both an American Military Cemetery and the Pearl Harbor Memorial.

The Japanese fleet also left behind it the most implacable foe there is, the determined and united people of the United States. ADM Halsey’s comment is an indicator: “When this war is over, Japanese will be spoken only in Hell”. It nearly came to that. The casualty projections for the invasion of Japan ran to over 1 Million American casualties only, the only other alternatives were for the Navy to starve the entire country while the Air Force burned it down. Every American (and Japanese) should thank their God for the Atom Bomb for this was the future it prevented. And as the Confederate Air Force has said: “There would have been no Hiroshima without Pearl Harbor”.

It probably should be noted that nearly the entire Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, and Royal Australian Navy, as well as the US Atlantic Fleet were in the process of joining the US Pacific fleet, which had long since become (by far) the most powerful fleet in the history of the world. Also transhipping were the Allied armies that had defeated Nazi Germany. Götterdämmerung had come for the Japanese as it had for the Germans before them. The implacable free people of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, the Philippine Islands, and even Soviet Russia had made the world (mostly) free, again.

We live in a world shaped by tragedies inflicted on the United States, 9/11 has been very influential in our lives but, Pearl Harbor is even more so. It taught us again that freedom is never free, if we don’t defend it, it will pass as it did, for a time, for many of our allies. It also taught us that when America leads anything is possible.

English: General Douglas MacArthur signs as Su...

The Surrender in Tokyo Bay: Image via Wikipedia

The Pacific Campaign was marked by a series of terrible battles in some of the most inhospitable of climates. Who can forget the battles that followed Pearl Harbor: Guadalcanal, the Coral Sea, The Mitchell raid, Corregidor and the Bataan Death march, Midway, the Marianas, Tarawa, the Liberation of the Philippines, Iwo Jima and the flag, Okinawa, and that final scene in Tokyo Bay, where MacArthur and Wainwright accepted the Japanese surrender on the deck of one of the most powerful battleships ever built: The USS Missouri.  All of this happened in only 44 Months.

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People my age knew the men who fought all those battles, they were our heroes. Combat may not have been realistic but it fired our admiration. Ensign George Gay, the sole survivor of Torpron 8 at Midway, grew up about 10 miles from where I did. They deserve our memories today, because 71 years ago they started the counterattack that built the free (and mostly peaceful) world we have known all our life. We seldom remember that the Pax Americana has mostly held since 1945, we owe a debt to those men (and women), our parents (and mostly grandparents now) that we will never be able to repay except by keeping the peace and freedom they won.

 

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22 Responses to Pearl Harbor Day

  1. Hear, hear. It is indeed a special day and one that should make us take pause and thank our fathers and grandfathers for all that they did. I was blessed to be living in Pearl Harbor in the early to mid 50’s and visited the Arizona memorial, which at that time was only accessible by boat. In those days, you had the sense that the attack had just taken place and that the dead that still remained in her hull were still somehow present in that sacred place.

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    • NEO says:

      They are still there and still on watch.

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      • Yes they are. It is a very moving place to visit.

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        • NEO says:

          So I’ve heard, it’s one place I haven’t been, maybe someday!

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        • I hope you get the opportunity but you might risk running into our brave Commander in Chief. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I’ll watch my timing. 🙂

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        • Good thinking. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Thanks 🙂

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  3. boudicabpi says:

    Reblogged this on BPI reblog and commented:
    Pearl Harbor Day

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  4. Reblogged this on DeborahBidwell's Blog and commented:
    thank you for your posting for this day.

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  5. Reblogged this on Practically Historical and commented:
    The Japanese considered America to be “the cancer of the Pacific” and were every bit as racist as the United States.

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  6. JessicaHof says:

    Thank you for this reminder, dearest friend – it had a special poignancy for me today.

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    • NEO says:

      It surely was connected, he was in my thoughts as well.

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      • JessicaHof says:

        Thank you. 🙂 xx

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        • NEO says:

          You’re welcome 🙂 xx

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        • JessicaHof says:

          🙂 x

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  8. giliar says:

    Adding this to the HDR I sent out today – as always, your historical information is top-notch!!!

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks, Gilia!!!

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