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Bill DeSena

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Hi all,

I just wanted to take a moment to remember those sailors, soldiers and civilians who lost their lives 60 years ago today in a sneak attack.

Time passes and memories fade as the generations who lost loved ones ages and pass over too but America goes on and we remember the heros past and present with love and thankful appreciation. Their sacrifices insure our freedoms.

Best wishes all for a Happy Holiday Season

Bill :)
 
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Robert W. Collier

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Let us this day, take a few quite moments to remember those who never lived to see the sunset one December 7,1941. A few moments to pray for the souls trapped below decks who lived a few days longer, and had no hope of rescue. Who's calls for distress, were tapped out on the hulls of their ship, in the case of the capsized battleship Oklahoma, until about Christmas. Those that died this day, some who never realized what was happening, and who was doing it to them.
Let us remember too, the many people who worked feverishly to rescue and help the injured. Those who pulled the oil soaked and burned sailers from the waters of Pearl. The shipyard men racing against time to cut through the hulls to free the trapped men below that were in reach of help. The doctor's and nurses in the hospitals overwhelmed by the sudden crush of wounded humanity.
Remember this day, and the unfortunate pilots returning from the carrier Enterprise at dusk. Pearl Harbor was waiting for the enemy to return, and in the confusion which happens so often in war, six of our own planes went down, killing several of the pilots.
Six decades have passed. The fires have burned out, the smoking wreckage is gone. Our fellow, gallent Americans are gone. But they will live on, if we remember them, and tell their story.
On this day, and other days. When you come across that veteran, who lived through that terrible time in our history, offer them a humble "Thank you, for your duty". Take the time to listen to their story, for it was their service, doing their part, that helped give us the liberty we share today. You will not regret the time spent, for you will have heard, and touched history, that will be gone sooner than we realize.
I remember Pearl Harbor, December 7,1941. Something to think about.
Respectfully,
Robert W. Collier
 
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Bill and Robert, thanks to the both of you for posting that. We may also pause to remember those people who never made it out of the shattered hulls of either the USS Arizona or the USS Utah, those soldiers and sailors who went out on that long campeign in the Pacific and the Atlantic, and particularly the submariners who had the highest casualty rate of the war at 25%

Forever on watch, eternally on patrol. Thanks guys! May you all rest in peace.

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 
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Here in England this evening we've had an hour long TV documentary on Pearl Harbour (sorry for the English spelling!). It brought vividly to life the events which Bill, Robert and Michael have reminded us of.

Every year on December 7th I always ask the students (I'm a Maths teacher) why this date has a special place in history. Today it was a 14 year old girl who received the small prize I awarded for being the first to identify the occasion. Her young age contrasts with that of the school governor who recently observed one of my lessons and who in our chat afterwards discussed his war service (World War Two)as a paratrooper.

The survivors of Pearl Harbour and the ensuing conflict are a dwindling band and it is a rare privilege to have a chance to meet with and discuss those times.

May God bless those who served in defence of our liberty.

bob
 
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Robert, no problem with the English spelling. I'm getting into the habit myself. And thanks for remembering this event on your side of the pond.

We may also pause to remember the sacrifices of British sailors too on such as the HMS Hood, HMS Prince Of Wales and also those often unsung heroes who gave their lives in The Battle Of The Atlantic.

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 
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To those who fight for our freedom and justice, who sacrifice their lives for this country that we might remain free, I humbly submit my gratitude. May you be honored as true heroes.

To those who serve us at the public level, may you be honored as true heroes also, for many times, there is no compensation or thanx for the work that you do.

Many Blessings,

Beverly
 
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From The Navy Times:

Construction begins at Pearl Harbor shipyard
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HONOLULU – A $25.5 million construction project has broken ground at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, the first of 30 projects in a major modernization plan.

The Pentagon could spend up to $800 million on modernizing the shipyard over the next three decades to meet the needs of the Pacific Fleet.

Most of the shipyard’s structures were built between 1913 and 1945.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2009/02/ap_pearl_harbor_modernization_022209/

Comment: In all the varied discussions over Pearl Harbour, we sometimes forget that this is still an active U.S. Naval base with an equally active shipyard. A shipyard which is just as important today as it was in 1941. I've seen these facilities and there's a lot of history there, but history doesn't fix ships. Modern facilities do.
 
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From The Charlotte Examiner:

Navy recalls bravery at WWII's West Loch Disaster
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It is a forgotten tale from an almost forgotten saga.

Nearly 2 1/2 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. military was island hopping through the South Pacific, slowly whittling away at Japan's war-fighting ability.

In an area of the vast naval base known as West Loch, almost three dozen large landing ships brimming with fuel, ammunition and other equipment sat lashed together in preparation for a brutal invasion code-named "Operation Forager."

On May 21, 1944, an explosion rocked one of the vessels.
More at http://www.examiner.com/a-2022779~Navy_recalls_bravery_at_WWII_s_West_Loch_Disaster.html
 
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From The Navy Times:

Woman awaits word on missing sailor brother
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TROPHY CLUB, Texas – The sister of a naval officer thought killed in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor is awaiting the results of DNA tests that may identify her brother's remains more than six decades after the infamous attack.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2009/05/ap_missing_sailor_remains_052409/

Comment: 68 years after the event, some still look for closure.
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Aviation Ordnancemen Honor Medal of Honor Recipient
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MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviation ordnancemen stationed at Naval Support Activity Bahrain honored a Medal of Honor (MOH) recipient who was awarded the medal for his extraordinary bravery during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Sailors raised an American flag to honor John Finn and will present the flag to him on his 100th birthday July 23.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=46409

Comment: And the real wonder of it all is that this man is still around to tell his story!
 
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In regards to Pearl Harbor (7 Dec. '41)...a great article is gracing the March/April 2009 issue of "Skeptical Inquirer". Article is entitled: The Pearl Harbor 'Winds Message' Controversy: A New Critical Evaluation.

Michael Cundiff
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Celebrations, Tributes Continue for Nation's Senior Hero
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CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- The oldest living Medal of Honor recipient will be honored in Coronado's Independence Day parade along Orange Avenue July 4.

John Finn was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force, for gunning down enemy aircraft in Hawaii Dec 7, 1941.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=46696
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Secretary Mabus Honors Those Lost in Attack on Pearl Harbor
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PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) toured the USS
Arizona Memorial Aug. 22 to pay tribute to and honor those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Ray Mabus, SECNAV, and his wife placed a wreath in the memorial and held a moment of silence in remembrance of the service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice there.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=47826
 
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From MSNBC:

Pearl Harbor memories still vivid for some
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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Ed Johann will always remember the sound of planes diving out of the sky to bomb U.S. battleships, the explosions and the screams of sailors. He still recalls the stench of burning oil and flesh.

The 86-year-old retired firefighter is due to return to Pearl Harbor Monday for the first time since World War II to attend a ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of the Japanese attack.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34299994/ns/us_news-military/
 
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From The Navy Times:

A look at the P. Harbor memories of celebrities
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BURLINGTON, Vt. – In 1968, history buff Clifford Barrett wrote a fan letter to a famous neighbor in New York City.

World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker responded, thanking Barrett and sharing his memory of Dec. 7, 1941, the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

Thus began Barrett’s 23-year project to ask famous Americans – politicians, military men, sports heroes, movie stars – to recall how they heard the news of Pearl Harbor.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2009/12/gns_pearl_harbor_memories_120609/
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Service Members Commemorate Pearl Harbor Anniversary
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese naval forces attacked Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii that resulted in the United States' participation in World War II. After the devastating attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt described the day as a "date which will live in infamy."

Sixty-eight years later, many service members and eighteen survivors of the attack gathered at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va. at a memorial to honor those who lost their lives on that day.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=50046