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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by jazzman1021, Dec 7, 2017.
Please take a moment to remember 7 December 1941. Have a great day.
The Greatest Generation were aptly named.
Not many left, but we all owe them a great debt.
"A day which will live in infamy...."
Sad day. Unfortunately,a lot of the younger generation has no idea what it truly means.
Sad, but true.
I've been reading Winston Churchill's six volume history of WWII. Much thanks to those willing to put on a uniform.
Attention! Hand Salute! Never forget those who gave their life for the freedom we enjoy today. God Bless America and Those Serving to Keep It Free past and present!!!
I enlisted in the US Navy on Pearl Harbor Day, 1989.
Just about the most powerful war-related song (and video) I've ever heard or seen.
My dad, who joined the Navy ASAP thereafter (his brothers went into the Army Air Corps and Silent Service), remembers listening to a college football game when the raid was announced.
His neighbor from down the street was in the U.S.S. Arizona.
And still is.
I was at the Arizona memorial several years ago, and the people there fell into three basic categories:
1. US military peronnel
2. Middle age Japanese tourists
3. Young Japanese tourists
The military folks and middle aged Japanese were quiet, respectful, and clearly knew what the place represented. The younger Japanese were laughing and taking pictures just like it was an amusement park. My first thought was that they were gloating over their country's great victory (which of course it wasn't), but after observing them a while I realized they were just clueless and didn't care what this place was, or that it was the first step in their country being the only one on earth ever attacked with nuclear weapons.
I don't mean that as a comment on Japanese society- our young people are, by and large, just as clueless. It's OUR job to educate them. If you're around any young people today, ask them if they know what December 7th is and why it's important. If not, tell them.
We only have three WWII vets left here in my immediate area, My neighbor who was on the Missouri when Japan signed the surrender , a great lady friend who ferried new fighter planes to the coast from Kansas and my Grandpa.
He was a navy frogman in the Pacific , blown up and full of shrapnel held together with metal plates and pins and only has one lung. Paralyzed for a year and in the hospital for 3 years. They said he wouldn't live to be 30. He is in his 90's now A harder man with a bigger heart I have never known.
i miss all those quietly colorful men and women who gave so much and asked for so little !
....and that's sad.
I don't always remember to put my U.S. flag out for every Federal holiday....but I ALWAYS put it out on December 7th.
Young fellow, had his newly repainted Mitsubishi Eclipse keyed, and didn't understand why. I took some time, and tried to explain what the corporation that makes this product means to people 10 and more years older than me. They can't make peace over what happened - they need to find a way.
Personally, I got to peace over Pearl Harbor in the mid to late 1990s I would say. The bigger problem, as the decades pass, is this:
Well over thirty years ago, I worked in Electronics in a long gone department store. A sweet older lady was looking at TVs, and wanted to know where each one was built. Back then, many were made in Japan, one or two in Korea, and only one (Sylvania) was still made in the US....She actually got angry about all the Asian products and I was about to dismiss her as a kook, when she mentioned that her 19 year old brother had died at Pearl Harbor....I bit my lip and just told her I was very sorry. Yes, we all need to learn forgiveness and cooperation, but I understand for some people it's just too personal.
Had the privileged to visit the USS Arizona this year. Breath taking! And such a time.
Thanks for this Papa Joe. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, my father, who was in the Naval reserve, entered active duty as an "old man" of 27 and soon became a Lieutenant Commander on the submarine USS Sailfish. I wasn't born until 4 years after the war, but I'll always be grateful to my Dad and the other men and women who have served throughout the years.