Pearl Harbor Day

We often talk of World War II, it was a major series of events in American and world history, as long as those survivors were in charge, things were better than ever, as they leave the stage, we are seeming to come face-to-face with the fact that they went to easy on us, and the discipline to succeed in the real world appears to be lacking. We need to look back and take the lesson that America was taught starting today, 72 years ago.

72 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.

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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 72 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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32 Responses to Pearl Harbor Day

  1. Mike says:

    Reblogged this on This Got My Attention and commented:
    On Pearl Harbor Day we remember the atrocities inflicted by the elitist, totalitarian mindset. We are also reminded of the sacrifices required always to be vigilant and prepared. These days, unfortunately, Big Government seems more in a battle against the American people and the common Joe and Jane elsewhere than those few and distant madmen who would do real harm to us.

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks for the reblog.

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      • Mike says:

        Anytime. Nice post.

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        • NEO says:

          Thanks, we recognize the day too little.

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    • There was at least one fortunate aspect of the Japanese attack on our Navy base at Pearl Harbor: our fleet of aircraft carriers was at sea, not lined up in Pearl Harbor. In consequence, not one of our carriers was lost.

      350 aircraft were destroyed or damaged.
      All 8 battleships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were sunk or badly damaged – including the U.S.S. Arizona.
      And yet all of America’s aircraft carriers remained unscathed.

      Survival of our carriers to fight in the Pacific facilitated our ultimate victory there. Had our carriers been lined up at Pearl and our battleships at sea, the results could well have been different.

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      • NEO says:

        Indeed so, delivering aircraft to Wake island wasn’t really very important, as it worked out, but being at sea that Sunday morning was critical.

        I’ve always thought that Japanese targeting also left much to be desired (from their standpoint), it would have had far more dire consequences if they had destroyed the oil farm, without fuel the navy would have been back in San Diego. If they could get there.

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      • Mike says:

        Thanks for commenting, Dan. Good points!

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  2. boudicabpi says:

    Reblogged this on BPI reblog and commented:
    Pearl Harbor Day

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks

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  3. Richard M Nixon (Deceased) says:

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks

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  4. Reblogged this on Southeast Valley R.O.M.E.O's Club.

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      Thanks

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  5. My great uncle (Irish Brit) fought the Japanese in Burma, a Sgt in the Scots-Irish Rifles. He said it was “hell” fighting the so-called “Jap’s” in the jungles of Burma! I will never forget too he said had the Americans not dropped the A-Bomb on them, they would have been fighting them for many more years, with the loss of many more men!

    All of my Irish family were involved in WW II, father, (Spit pilot), uncles and two great uncles, not to forget the so-called civilians (RIP all). The latter family men were all Infantrymen. Surely that great generation has almost passed! We shall not see their likes again! (Not in this life).

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    • NEO says:

      We shan’t indeed but, we were very lucky to have known them. Our guys (nearly to a man) who had just got done beating Hitler figured they were going to die in Japan, and that Japan would not survive, as a people. It was that sort of war, biblical comes to mind.

      Some of mine were as well. I’ve never met a combat veteran who wasn’t grateful for the atom bomb, or for that matter the submarines, anything but Iwo Jima over and over again. In truth, I’ve met more than a few Japanese who feel the same way as well.

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      • I lived in Japan for over a year in the 80’s, and my so-called next door neighbor was a Japanese woman who had survived the first Hiroshima bomb. We became good friends! Her father was a Navy Captain who was at Hiroshima, and died there (with too her mother) in the bombing. She married an American Naval officer & serviceman, who served and retired there in Japan. But she outlived him. Life is often very strange! She is of course gone too now, but lived well into her late 80’s.

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        • NEO says:

          It is indeed strange how these things happen.

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  6. fuzzysdad01 says:

    Among the dead of the USS Arizona was 37 sets of brothers

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    • NEO says:

      I didn’t know that. Horrid!

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  9. Reblogged this on Practically Historical.

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks

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  10. the unit says:

    Sorry I missed your post 12/7. Anyway my friend a Korean War vet sent me this then.
    http://www.grunt.com/corps/blog/details/admiral-nimitz-three-mistakes-japan-made-at-pearl-harboras/

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  11. Jack Curtis says:

    I recall clearly the details of listening to FDR’s “Day of Infamy” speech and recall also when it dawned upon me that he may have had the speech mostly ready beforehand. Both recollections are clear; neither is a pleasure… Something not unusual for history, I guess.

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    • NEO says:

      You could be right, on both counts. I don’t, however, think anybody really expected Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, yes, and some of the other possessions. But Pearl Harbor was just a bit too audacious for the Japanese, I’m surprised they let Yamamoto do it.

      And no, it’s not.

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  12. Jack Curtis says:

    I’ve been told that the plan was to immobilize the Pacific and that, if the carriers had been at Pearl as expected, it might have worked. Japan planned for a quick peace while America was busy with the Germans, leaving Japan free to go after the oil. Dunno, but it’s logi cal…

    FDR and co. were blocking Japan’s access to oil so should have expected a reaction, I should think. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell ‘audacious’ from ‘desperate,’ too…

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    • NEO says:

      All true, it just seems that all hands considered Pearl just a bit of an overreach, and of course, that paradoxically made it an outstanding move on Japan’s part.

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  13. Jack Curtis says:

    Indeed… And in the long run, it surely paid off for Japan!

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    • NEO says:

      In the long run yes. Best thing that had happened to Japan in 500 years was having Doug MacArthur as Viceroy and dictating their new constitution. But getting to tthat point was a cast iron b***h.

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