Attack_on_Pearl_Harbor_Japanese_planes_view

Not only being stationed there do you see the bullet holes still in the military buildings kept as a reminder but the essence of Pearl Harbor is felt.  There is a distince cut in the mountains where the Japanese planes flew through to evade what they could of the radar of those days. Looking at it today you can see how well it worked for them.

Pearl-harbor

Pearl Harbor isn’t a mere “tourist attraction” and if you go there and feel yourself see it that way remember this, the Japanese Empire waged war on innocent American civilians on Dec 7th on Pearl Harbor.  Many innocent people both military and civilian were lost that day (188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed, 2,402 personnel were killed and 1,282 were wounded). America declared war the following day entering WWII.

I have stood there on Ford Island (pic) in the same spot where you can barely make out the black flames on the far right. Many hangers and an air museum there still have bullet holes in the buildings. The eerie shadow of the USS Arizona still resides just off the island.

 

Remember Pearl Harbor………….time for a stoagy!

 

 

The above black & white Photo #: NH 50930 Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941 Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base Japanese caption on this captured photo reads: "Full view of Ford Island gasping under the attack of our Sea Eagles. This distant view of Ford Island immediately after the attack of our assault force shows the enemy capital ships lined up on the opposite side of the Island. in the foreground is the cruiser fleet, including the battleship UTAH. The enemy ships around the island have all become tempting targets for our Sea Eagles. In the upper right clearly appear the outlines of two of our Sea Eagles who are carrying out a daring low-level attack, reminiscent of the performance of the Gods.

Comments

  1. The Doolittle Raid, on 18 April 1942, was the first air raid by the United States to strike the Japanese Home Islands (Honshu) during World War II. By demonstrating that Japan itself was vulnerable to American air attack, it provided a vital morale boost and opportunity for U.S. retaliation after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. The raid was planned and led by Lieutenant Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle. Doolittle would later recount in his autobiography that the raid was intended to bolster American morale and to cause the Japanese to begin doubting their leadership:
    The Japanese people had been told they were invulnerable … An attack on the Japanese homeland would cause confusion in the minds of the Japanese people and sow doubt about the reliability of their leaders. There was a second, and equally important, psychological reason for this attack … Americans badly needed a morale boost.

  2. I was 7 years old and still remember.. We sat facing the radio and listened as President Roosevelt proclaimed that day of infamy and we were at war. No TV in those days but at 76 I can still see us, my Mom, Dad and brother looking at the radio as the President spoke. Moms and Dads of today…. PLEASE don’t ever let your children forget Dec 7, 1941…our country was attacked, it can happen just like Sept 11, 2001… we were asleep at the wheel then, both times and we are close to that now.. Stay alert and aware and above all Support Our Military… I’ll send you my stoagy Major!!

  3. Thank you Major ! My Dad Howard Love is a Pearl Harbor Survivor, he was on the USS CASE DD 370 at the time of the attack.I enlisted in the Navy in 1965 as a way to honor him.

  4. All-
    If you’re a 1st time visitor or not, we all support the troops in one way or another. I am glad you stopped by. Never forget Pearl Harbor….time for a cgar!

  5. Pincher said it for me, “PLEASE don’t ever let your children forget Dec 7, 1941…our country was attacked, it can happen just like Sept 11, 2001… we were asleep at the wheel then, both times and we are close to that now.. Stay alert and aware and above all Support Our Military…”
    Excellent post Major, thank you, Sir!

Leave a Reply