Pearl Harbor Day, 75 Years on

uss_arizona_memorialWe 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 too 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, 75 years ago.

75 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 the 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 75 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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23 Responses to Pearl Harbor Day, 75 Years on

  1. A great day for the American Memory & Resolve of this Day, especially those who gave all!

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    • NEO says:

      Indeed, and also our allies, we never forget the Prince of Wales and Repulse were lost a few days later, either.

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      • Yes, the British had their share of men in the Pacific aspects too. My one great-uncle (a 1st Sgt and Commando) fought the Japanese in Burma.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, Jess’ ex-grandfather-in-law was with the Jungle Rats as well.

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        • My great uncle John actually knew Gen. Orde Wingate before his C-47 crashed in Burma. What a breed!

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        • NEO says:

          Sure were, Slim is one of my heroes.

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        • Btw, make that an American B-25 that Wingate was flying in when he and others were killed, and crashed in India.

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        • NEO says:

          I didn’t know that, but am not overly surprised, those medium bombers did all sorts of stuff.

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        • Something of interest, but Wingate was a distant cousin to Lawrence on his mother’s side. My Uncle John (as I called him) said Wingate was very eccentric to say the least, lot’s of stories!

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        • NEO says:

          That I have heard!

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        • Walking around in the buff, at night? But a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do! 😉 We will leave it at that! (Again them stories…)

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        • NEO says:

          Quite, probably best we do! 😉

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        • Well, all of us military people are kinda nuts anyway! Again that breed, but we will always need that breed, but it seems manhood is getting thin these days, even the military types? But God is the Providence!

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        • NEO says:

          I doubt the squaddies have changed all that much, bet it’s harder to stay out of the brig though. Field grade officers may be another story though.

          Yesterday something I read, and I found it interesting, Theresa May’s grandfather was a RSM, and of course, her dad was a conservative vicar. Good recommendation for me.

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        • Indeed I was thinking of combat and Spl Op’s people, we were usually quiet, though we had our moments also, and I have NEVER been in the brig or ever arrested! Squeaky clean! But then too I am 67, and a Baby-Boomer. A very different generation than today! Note, Mattis is an “intellectual” in reality. Btw, Mattis is only a year younger than I, born September 1950, Oct. 49 for me. Though I graduated a year early, at 17 1/2, 1966. I too was an intellectual-type.

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  2. Reblogged this on Practically Historical.

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  3. the unit says:

    Obama commemorative event. Sayonara Okinawa.

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    • NEO says:

      And Guam will capsize! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Oh that’s right. Saving Okinawa will be in O’s legacy. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          🙂

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      • I will always remember Okinawa just before we went to Nam, Camp Swab, Recon was there! Camp Hanson also, the rifle range was there. Good memories! We also went to a kind of Jungle School at Hanson. “Kenville” was near Hanson too, bars and Asian women! 😉

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        • Btw, mostly just buy me “drinkie” girls at “Kenville”! Mostly tea for the girls, but this was in 1967. I am sure it has changed over the years! And now the USMC is going mostly to Guam. But the American USAF will surely stay!

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        • NEO says:

          🙂

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