Posts Tagged ‘World War II’
71 years separate us from that day in December at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii. 2,402 Americans were killed that day, most in the service of our country’s military. America mobilized, engaged, and eventually defeated it’s enemies.
We’ve seen our own horrific attack, another date that lives in infamy, one where many thousands of American civilians were massacred on our home continent.
The difference between now and then? Military members and their families largely suffer and sacrifice alone. America isn’t mobilized, engaged, and may never defeat its enemies completely.
Americans 71 years ago knew hardship, knew what it was to do without. Being attacked by another country was an outrage.
Today, when merely being inconvenienced is an outrage, we can learn a lot from those men and women who brought the United States through those awful years. Many are still alive, but their numbers are dwindling.
This year will be the first year since 1958 that the Pearl Harbor survivors won’t gather to remember December 7th:
Their failing health and dwindling numbers — only a few thousand still live — prompted the organization to disband as the 70th anniversary was observed last year.
Of course, the national day of remembrance goes on today at Pearl Harbor and in ceremonies across the United States. But the change does mark another chapter in the fading presence of the generation that fought — and supported those fighting — World War II.
Just as it has with the passing of the veterans of the Revolution, the Civil War and World War I, the nature of the remembering changes. No one can recount history quite like someone who’s lived through it and made it. But then, too, the voices and images of many of those heroes and average Joes and Janes have been recorded and archived in more ways than any earlier conflict.
Pearl Harbor and the mammoth war effort that followed will remain a milestone in our national story, no matter how it’s repeated.
Lessons of sacrifice, vigilance and courage will endure. But most important, perhaps, is the legacy of national resilience in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. The attack that Sunday left more than 2,400 Americans dead, most of the U.S. Pacific fleet damaged or sunk, most military aircraft destroyed and Hawaii nearly defenseless.
That Monday, the country came together, rolled up its sleeves and turned to the grim business of war.
Today, our threats and dangers are more and more complex than hostile fleets over the horizon. The next attack may come from a rogue nuclear power, a cargo container, homegrown terrorists or cyber attacks launched against a single key computer or millions of smartphones.
America may find it hard to achieve the unity of Dec. 8, 1941, or Sept. 12, 2001, in a world of threats in shades of gray. But Americans should never forget the power of our nation when we rally together.
If we as a country are going to say “thank you” to these men and women, we’d better make a special point to do it soon.
Via Gilbert Padilla
h/t The Blacksphere
Crossposted to Unified Patriots
- ” A Date Which Will Live In Infamy ” Pearl Harbor , December 7 , 1941 (youviewedblog.wordpress.com)
- As number of survivors dwindles, will Pearl Harbor attack fade from memory? (amarillo.com)
- December 7, 1941 – Never Forget (gadabout-blogalot.com)
- Photos: Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 (photos.denverpost.com)
- With heavy heart, sailor recalls Pearl Harbor attack – Boston Herald (news.bostonherald.com)
- A Pearl Harbor veteran remembers the horror (miamiherald.com)
GallantFew is actually more than charity, it’s volunteer Ranger vets helping other Ranger vets to transition to civilian life successfully after their military service has ended.
GallantFew, Inc’s (501(c)3 Non-Profit) mission is to reduce US Army Ranger veteran unemployment, homelessness and eliminate Ranger veteran suicide by a unique program of one-on-one mentoring by a Ranger veteran, now successful in civilian business, with a Ranger veteran just departed active duty. This effort is called the Darby Project (in honor of WWII’s Darby’s Rangers). Our dream is to one day be able to assist every honorably discharged veteran from every branch of the service.
Our founder, a veteran, has experienced unemployment. He has fought translating his military skills (Airborne Ranger, infantry company commander and Ranger battalion staff officer) into language appealing to civilian employers. He has experienced the incredible delays in the VA medical system – and he believes we can do better.
How to transfer skills acquired during active service to a civilian resume? It’s an essential military skill to be able to drop a 203 round over a wall to get a bad guy, or call in an airstrike without hitting any friendlies, but how does that help in a job search afterward?
GallantFew, Inc., meets these veterans during the process of departing from the military. GallantFew, Inc. coaches them through the transition process, assess their skills, desires and abilities, offer training as necessary, network them professionally and socially back into the community, and will be a source of physical, social, professional and emotional support. Initially we will accomplish this all through volunteers. Ultimately, this program will be funded, staffed, and scaled up to include every veteran of every branch of the military.
Actor Michael Broderick, himself a former Marine, heard about the organization and wanted to help. He’d purchased a studio poster from the epic Band of Brothers miniseries that had signatures from a few of the real-life men of the 101st Airborne Div. depicted in the series, and wanted to donate it to an auction benefiting GallantFew.
Then it got…complicated.
You can follow his progress on Facebook as he completes the project.
h/t Bill Whittle
Chris Muller was lucky enough to be front and center when a group of WWII vets arrived at Reagan International Airport;
Honor is a hard term to describe. It doesn’t have a color or weight or shape. If someone were to ask me what honor looked like, I’d probably struggle with what to say.
But something happened on May 23, 2012 at 9:31 a.m. at Gate 38 of Reagan National Airport that might change that. A flash mob of sorts broke out. But not like you’ve seen on YouTube with highly choreographed dance numbers or people singing a song in unison. In fact, virtually all of the participants of this “flash mob” didn’t know they would be participating until moments before it happened.
Read the rest, it’ll bring tears to your eyes…
Another witness to the event, also linked below.
- The honor was mine… (daisyfae.wordpress.com)
When the President’s wife mouthed those immortal words last September 11, she revealed a flaw in all of us that has to be addressed if we are to survive as a nation. Somehow we failed to pass on what, exactly, that flag represents.
It’s more than mere cloth. It’s a symbol of a nation, a people who came together from all over the planet Earth to one continent to forge a place where we could all live together in freedom. A place people sneak IN to, not out of. An imperfect place, as all things created by man tend to be, but we’re trying, and we fight to keep those freedoms again and again.
Many have died over the years in that fight to maintain our freedom, and today, we remember them. Our friends, family, neighbors, who were killed over the years in various battles from the microscopic: the roadside IED and ambush, to the gargantuan: the D-Day landings in Normandy, France or Battle for Iwo Jima. We remember them all.
We remember them not with pity, but gratitude. They didn’t die for some “imperial hegemony” or dictatorship: they died to keep this a free country, and likely are dying today as I write this, as they did on Memorial Day in 2009.
They died for each other, and they died for us, and today, we remember them.
We remember, Michelle. We remember…
The USS San Diego is the fourth US Navy ship to be named after the Navy town of San Diego, California. LPD-22 is capable of hauling two LCACs, plus a fully equipped Marine battalion and has a crew of 361 officers and enlisted personnel.
From Channel 10 in San Diego:
The amphibious transport dock USS San Diego was the first with the moniker of “America’s Finest City” to be stationed here. The ship bears Navy number LPD-22.
“With today’s ceremony, the Navy will commission the fourth ship to bear the name USS San Diego. From what I’ve been told, the ship being commissioned today is the most advanced amphibious ship in the world,” Mayor Jerry Sanders said. He said the city’s relationship with the Navy stretched back to 1921, when a Navy repair base was established.
Sanders presented the ship’s officers and the crew with the key to the city, “in honor of welcoming America’s finest ship to America’s Finest City.”
The commissioning ceremony is a naval tradition and historic event for a ship, marking the moment a new craft is placed in active service in the fleet.
Adm. Mark Ferguson, the vice chief of naval operations, said San Diego had been a great home to the United States Navy. He said expectations for the ship were high.
“The USS San Diego joins a Navy that has never been more in demand, never more needed and essential to ensure that our nation retains command of the seas,” Ferguson said.
The 684-foot long San Diego, the sixth ship in the San Antonio class, had its keel laid on May 23, 2007, at the Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. It was christened June 12, 2010, and delivered to the Navy Dec. 19, 2011.
The ship’s sponsor is Linda Winter, wife of former Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter. She gave the command to “Man our ship and bring her to life.”
The San Antonio class ship is designed to carry landing craft, fighting vehicles, helicopters and personnel. The ships have more capacity than their predecessors and use “stealth” technology that includes the shape of the hull and its superstructure. It is being called the most advanced amphibious ship in the world.
“Look at the size of it!” said veteran George Horton. “How would you like to paint it? My God.”
Horton, 88, has seen the ships grow over the years. Horton joined the Navy in 1942 and served on an older USS San Diego during World War II, just after his 17th birthday.
“Oh, this ship is so magnificent,” Horton said through tears. “[I] waited 60 years for this.”
Horton’s heart seemed to swell with pride as he looked up at the new USS San Diego.
“I just want to see this go to sea and let them know that whenever they release the anchor or let the lines go that my shipmates and I are going with them,” Horton said. “They treat me like a member of the ship and it’s really touching.”
The San Diego’s Facebook page is here, and if you live there, you can cheer them on personally.
How dare we accept tyranny?
On 2 August 1946, some Americans, brutalized by their county government, used armed force to overturn it. These Americans wanted honest, open elections. For years they had asked for state or Federal election monitors to prevent vote fraud — forged ballots, secret ballot counts, and intimidation by armed sheriff’s deputies — by the local political boss. They got no help.
These Americans’ absolute refusal to knuckle-under had been hardened by service in World War II. Having fought to free other countries from murderous regimes, they rejected vicious abuse by their county government. These Americans had a choice. Their state’s Constitution – Article 1, Section 26 – recorded their right to keep and bear arms for the common defense. Few “gun control” laws had been enacted.
Or, watch the video (14 minutes)
- The Battle of Athens (adask.wordpress.com)
- The Battle of Athens 2 AUGUST 1946 (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- The Battle of Athens, Tenn. 1946 is the Origin of U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Report on Rightwing Extremist Slamming U.S. Veterans and Second Amendment Advocates! (middleagedhousewife.wordpress.com)
Whenever I think of the Pearl Harbor attack, one picture always comes to mind; the picture below as taken from Ford Island NAS of the forward magazine on the USS Shaw (DD-373) exploding.
Among the drydocked ships in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard when the Japanese attacked was the destroyer USS Shaw (DD-373). Raised out of the water in the floating drydock YFD-2, along with the old harbor tug Sotoyomo (YT-9), Shaw attracted the unwelcome attention of several dive bombers of the second strike wave. These hit her with three bombs at about the same time as they were attacking the then-nearby battleship Nevada. These bombs all hit the forward portion of the ship. The resulting fires proved uncontrollable, and Shaw was ordered abandoned. As efforts were underway to flood the drydock about a half-hour after she was hit, her forward ammunition magazines detonated in a spectacular blast, completely removing her bow. The blast also punctured YFD-2 and Sotoyomo. Both soon sank, the drydock partially and the tug completely, leaving Shaw’s after portion afloat, with an intense fire raging at its front.
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Bowing was only the beginning for what Obama hoped would be a complete supplication before Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in November of 2009. He originally wanted to prostrate himself at both Nagasaki and Hiroshima as well, Wikileaks docs are revealing;
Leaked cables show Japan nixed a presidential apology to Hiroshima and Nagasaki for using nukes to end the overseas contingency operation known as World War II. Will the next president apologize for the current one?
The obsessive need of this president to apologize for American exceptionalism and our defense of freedom continued recently when Barack Obama’s State Department (run by Hillary Clinton) contacted the family of al-Qaida propagandist and recruiter Samir Khan to “express its condolences” to his family.
Khan, a right-hand man to Anwar al-Awlaki, was killed along with Awlaki in an airstrike in Yemen on Sept. 30. We apologized for killing a terrorist before he could help kill any more of us.
US nuclear weapons ended the Second World War by showing our enemy there was something worse than merely losing face; annihilation – ceasing to exist. Nothing to apologize to them for then or now. In the intervening years the United States helped to rebuild a Japan that not only competed with us economically, but bested us.
Maybe pushing Japan to reimburse us economically for the cost of the two bombs would be taking it a tad too far; best lets just call it even.
- Wikileaks cable hints that Obama wanted to issue apology for Hiroshima (hotair.com)
- Obama Hiroshima trip discouraged in ’09: Wikileaks cable (search.japantimes.co.jp)