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From Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2009

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

December 07, 2009

At 7:53 a.m. on December 7, 1941 the first Japanese assault wave, with 51 'Val' dive bombers, 40 'Kate' torpedo bombers, 50 high level bombers and 43 'Zero' fighters, commenced an attack on U.S. ships in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with flight commander, Mitsuo Fuchida, sounding the battle cry: "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!).

The Americans were taken completely by surprise. The first attack wave targeted airfields and battleships. The second wave targeted other ships and shipyard facilities. The air raid lasted until 9:45 a.m. Eight battleships were damaged, with five sunk. Three light cruisers, three destroyers and three smaller vessels were lost along with 188 aircraft. The Japanese lost 27 planes and five midget submarines which attempted to penetrate the inner harbor and launch torpedoes.

Escaping damage from the attack were the prime targets: the U.S. Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers Lexington, Enterprise and Saratoga, which were not in the port. Also escaping damage were the base fuel tanks.

The casualty list included 2,335 servicemen and 68 civilians killed, with 1,178 wounded. Included were 1,104 men aboard the Battleship USS Arizona killed after a 1,760-pound air bomb penetrated into the forward magazine causing catastrophic explosions.

On Monday, December 8, the United States and Britain declared war on Japan with President Roosevelt calling December 7, "...a date which will live in infamy..."

Sadly, nearly all of the survivors are now gone and many of today's youth know nothing of the battle.

But many of us do remember and say "Thank You" to those who lost their lives and who endured debilitating injuries and loss of limbs and eyesight. You will never be forgotten as protectors of our country's shores.

To the survivors still with us, we salute you.
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  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY

    3705 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    I told you before about our dear family friend who was on the ship "California" when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was so proud of his service, and your post has him smiling down from Heaven.
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    3732 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Amen. God Bless them all! emoticon emoticon
    3733 days ago
    I was just talking to my parents (my father's a former history teacher) about the historical significance of this day. Thank you for paying tribute to those who faced that day with courage and conviction.....and for reminding us NOT to forget them.

    3736 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/8/2010 1:46:58 AM
    emoticon Lou, emoticon Today is also my brothers 45th wedding anniversary. We use to say he pulled a Pearl Harbor on us. LOL Because it was a surprize ,but someone let the word slip out and we all got in on the act. LOL Joy
    3736 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I really appreciated reading your blog today, also. I didn't realize what today was, until you reminded us.

    Thanks for always keeping us mindful of important things!
    3736 days ago
    We visited Pearl Harbor in the summer of 2007. It was awesome! It's hard to believe what happened there so many years ago, with how it looks now. I can't describe the reverence that people showed while visiting. They have 1,000 tickets a day and sell them all before noon. It was so interesting to me, as my Dad was in WW2. I'm so glad we had the opportunity to go there, and reflect and honor the men and women, who died there serving our country. It is something I'll never forget. Thank you for the reminder of what this day is really all about Thank you for sharing this and all the facts, and most of all for honoring the people who gave their lives, and continue to give their lives and sacrifice for our country Lou.
    3736 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    You have a gift of sharing AND reminding, Lou. I really appreciated reading your blog today.

    May God be with our military families from the USA and from Canada! Jesus, protect our defenders. AMEN
    3736 days ago
    My Uncle Willy was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He died last year. After he got out of the Navy he became an NOPD officer. When he retired from that, he became a diver for Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries. He lead a life of service to mankind and I am so honored to have had him in my life. Thank you for this opst.
    3736 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    A fitting tribute, thank you for posting.
    I have visited the Arizona and hope to take my daughter there before the hull conditions affect the site further.
    Salute and gratitude for all who have served.
    3736 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    My grandfather was a medic at Omaha Beach, my great uncle is entombed on the USS Arizona. I could not pass the physical to serve or I certainly would have.
    3736 days ago
    Thank You Lou!!!

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    3736 days ago
    Absolutely AMEN, Lou. Thank you. emoticon emoticon
    3737 days ago
    Thank you, Lou, for this reminder to all of the terrible cost of our freedoms. DH and I worked w/the 5th graders again this morning, and when I asked one why Dec 7th is important, she had no clue.....so I gave her a mini-mini briefing. I only hope that as she gets into American History later, that the curriculum and teacher will give Pearl Harbor/Dec 7th their due importance in the kids' studies.
    My Dad (a high school teacher on Dec 7, 1941) joined the Navy when the school year was over. He spent most of WWII on submarines in the Western Pacific, and went on to a Naval career of 27 years. A hearty 'THANK YOU' to all who have and currently serve in our military.
    3737 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    emoticon to all those who have served & continue to serve in our military!! May we never forget what a sacrifice they made on this day, 69 years ago!! My father & mother always talked about remembering listening to it on the radio..they were teenagers at the time. God Bless the USA!!!
    3737 days ago
    thank you this blog for helping each of us to take a moment in rememberence for all that happened 69 years ago. I know there is many that can say that know exactly where they were on that day and what all went thru theirs minds like it was yesterday. For each of those people have so much of a story to tell and it is great that we still want to listen
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    3737 days ago
    So many dedicated to protect us and the legacy lives on. Thank you for this remembrance. emoticon
    3737 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6400103
    Thanks Lou!
    Im not an American but i do know about Pearl Harbor.

    great to remind all of us why whe have our freedom!
    3737 days ago
    emoticon For the reminder and certainly we will not foget!
    3737 days ago
  • 1GROVES2
    I remember...my father was a WWII veteran, although not at Pearl Harbor, with the 5th Armored in the European Campaign...I have an admiration and great respect for all veterans,, but WWII will always be closest to my heartAlso, on the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, my houise caught fire and although it did not burn to the ground, we lost much, but nothing compared to what was lost 50 years earlier.
    God Bless America!
    3737 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    emoticon for helping us to remember and for reminding others of this Important day. Thanks to the families of those who served to keep us safe and able to continue living in freedom.
    3737 days ago
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