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, 73 years ago.

73 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, and by our responses (and increasingly – lack of response, to them. 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 73 years ago they started the counterattack that built the free (and mostly peaceful) world we have known all our lives. 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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17 Responses to Pearl Harbor Day

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  3. Btw I got to stand on and see the Arizona Memorial back in 1969, after my tour in Nam ’68. That was and is a memory! I remember too how many US Marines died on that ship! Semper Fi!

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    • And it was over 60 American Marines as I remember? Just on the Arizona! And altogether over 100 Marines died at Pearl Harbor. RIP! And yes, I know that the USMC is technically a department of the Navy!

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      • And btw about half of all those Americans killed at Pearl Harbor (1,177) were on the Battleship Arizona! Which blew-up when the ammo-magazine of the ship was hit with a Japanese air bomb.

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  4. the unit says:

    Fr. I enjoy your memories and thoughts. You know there is only one blogger I know who identifies himself as “middle aged.” That age is creeping up slowly. But what I mean of course is…what we gonna do when…
    Uh!, Bad boys watcha gon, watcha gon, watcha gonna do>
    When Loretta Lynch comes for you?
    Tell me! Watcha gonna do? When they come for you?

    New Bad Boys nowadays. And bloggers ain’t getting any younger, far as I can tell.

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    • Well thanks Unit 🙂 But, I am well past “middle age” at 66, but who’s counting? lol But I guess we all do in reality, at least once ya cross say 60? But both “Mum” and Dad lived into their late 80’s. Hopefully I will also, if I don’t get shot to death first in America? However, I learned long ago to live one day at a time! True! My time is in God’s (Elohim) hands!

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      • And I worship the Judeo-Christian God, of Whom there is none, or no other!

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        • the unit says:

          🙂 You look fifties somewhere? Ok. Lying? You talking to politicians right? Anyway at 66 I was still climbing trees with my idling chainsaw then cutting what needed cutting. Just recognize like Loretta said…you near the EDGE @66! That’s when I realized the chain saw was gaining on me (Satchel Page). My rancor now just directed to stomping Kleenex boxes into the garbage on Monday and Thursday, pick-up days. lol

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      • the unit says:

        Fr. IT wizards or nerds say the one who will live to be a thousand has already been born. We qualify, My aches and pains tell me forget it. And I wouldn’t wish it on you either, or NEO. 🙂

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        • Aging is where that separate the men/women from the boys & girls! 😉

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        • *they

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        • NEO says:

          Thanks for not, I’ll settle for much less!

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        • Some say I look like I’m still in my 50’s somewhere? And after I buy them lunch, I say right on, just keep lying to me! 😉 And yes, many of us men are very vain or have vanity, I know my father was full of it!

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  5. the unit says:

    And NEO great remembrance post today. I see linked to other sites, well deserved acknowledgment for well written remembrance.

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    • NEO says:

      Thank you, sir!

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  6. Reblogged this on Practically Historical.

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