Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Day that has lived in Infamy



The USS Utah!

There are a few on here that can remember Dec. 7th 1941. I was too young being two years old. But my mama remembered it. She told me of the attack when I was 4 or 5. Why my brothers has left home to go fight a war. Jr.the youngest of my brothers was a gunner on a Destroyer Escort in the Pacific.

The BIG WAR is nearly forgotten by the younger generation. But it was a time of National Unity. There was some small factions against the war, but as a whole the nation felt violated.

Together our nation built ships, tanks,planes subs all machinery of War. Amazing how fast we reacted.

It was a time of giving, the men who gave their lives and limbs to protect what we held dear, FREEDOM.


I was always proud of my brothers, uncles, cousins and acquaintances that served and fought.

It was a time of extreme giving by the Citizens here at home. I can even remember rationing. Tires were hard to get for cars, Sugar was dear, coffee was also dear. Hog fat was collected for the war effort. Evidently it has something to do with explosives. Clothes were cut short because of our textile plants were making uniforms, blankets, parachutes, shoes, boots etc, for the troops.

So today, we ‘REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR’. Sherry and I made a pilgrimage to the Arizona Memorial at Pearl harbor, it was a solemn occasion. Realizing just below us were many of the 1300 men who were killed when she sank to the bottom.

Never forget, PEARL HARBOR.

Thanks for coming this way.

Nite Shipslog




Anonymous said...

And this morning I saw a chalked sidewalk: Pearl Arbour.
We need better history classes :-0.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Thanks for the reminder. We really should never forget the horrors of war and what it means to do without. Those two things also remind me of how fortunate we are today. War is still going on though and I'm praying for peace.

Ally Lifewithally said...

We should remember those brave men that gave their lives for us ~ Peal Harbour was a terrible day in History may we never forget ~ Ally x

betty said...

I think with each passing year, we lose more people who remember that day and the horrors behind it, having lived through those times. I hope we are adequately teaching our kids history for them to be able to not forget Pearl Harbor in the years to come. I know my mom talked at times about the war and rationing, etc.

thanks for remembering those lost on that day so many years ago


Lindie said...

I was not born quite yet when Pearl Harbor happened. But I always remember it. We used to have good history teachers. And, 20 years ago, today, our family had a miracle happen. My sister had been told nearly 20 years before that she would never bear a child and when she got pregnant almost 21 years ago ago, they told her the baby would not survive. Her miracle was born and is now in college.

Fred Alton said...

Jack, altho I'm lots older than you (at least 18 months) I cannot remember Dec 7, '41 - but I do remember the day peace was announced in 1945! We heard it on the car radio as we were washing the old '41 Chevy. I was 7 years old at that time. We still have a bunch of soldiers committed to fight for the idea of FREEDOM!

Anonymous said...

May time and life provide peace and happiness. Please have you all a good Wednesday.

Paula said...

Like Mr. Alton I remember when peace was announced on the radio. My cousin and I were running and playing outside and mama had the windows open with the radio on. Then someone came to ring the church bells across the street from us. Mama gave each of her kids one of their ration books to keep as a memento and I still have mine somewhere.

shirl72 said...

I remember ration and black outs. I remember
a banner hanging on the front door with 2 stars
in it to represent 2 boys in service. Our cousins
uncles and brothers have fought in wars. I remember when the war ended. Dad put toilet
paper on car and everybody drove through town
blowing their horns. I have also been to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.
at Pearl Harbor.

Dar said...

I was a long way from a twinkle in me Pappes eye but I do remember hearing about that dreadful day. My Godmothers husband remembered it well as he was there on shore watching the horror. He was remembered fondly for his service once again at his funeral this spring., and is dearly missed.
I thank all who have served then, now and in the future for your sacrifice is what keeps our country strong, even in diverse times... Thanks Jack and Sherry for a wonderful tribute.

Sheila Y said...

I was surprised to hear from Cori that there was no mention of Pearl Harbor at school today. I asked 'not even from the history teacher?'...no. I hope she was just not paying attention. Sad.
Take care, Sheila