A vehicle of WWII
Many people do not know that WWII was devastating Europe, the UK and some of the Orient and the USA remained ‘NEUTRAL’. On December 7th 1941 that status changed DRASTICALLY; the name ‘Pearl Harbor’ became associated with a horrendous attack. There came a rallying cry from Joe and Jane American: REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR!
Thousands of men & women rushed to recruiting stations, my mama cried as my older brothers joined the USN & left home to became symbolized by a small flag in the window with two stars.
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Leader of the Japanese forces was quoted in a movie saying: “I fear we have awakened a sleeping Giant.”
· 01 The Japanese navy attacked Pearl with 353 planes from 6 aircraft carriers.
· 02 4 out of 8 American battleships at Pearl Harbor sank in the attack.
· 03 Japan also destroyed 188 American aircraft in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
· 04 Around 2,403 Americans died in the attack, along with another 1,178 injured.
. 05 Japan lost only 29 aircraft and 5 midget submarines in the attack
The USA has proven to be a dedicated and resilient country. My mother (and dad) were praying people, just like millions in this great country. Politics aside, this country joined together praying and working to build the greatest defense machine ever amassed and in record time; defending our freedom. FDR in announcing our ‘forced’ entry into WWII said in his historical speech to congress: Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan................
Jr & Odis about 1942
(There is a picture of Sherry & Johnny 1942 at the end of the blog).
Time passed, soldiers died, people prayed, then four years later, I was in the first Grade when Japan was forced to surrender, but I will NEVER forget that day!...............
Sherry about the same time but at the time was just waiting to meet me 10 yrs later. She had a brother, Lefty Harris, USMC WWII.
70 million died in WWII, of that number 410,000 were Americans. Many people try to shame the USA for how the war was ended, but if President Truman had not had that courage, it is easily calculated millions more would have died.
I know only one person who actually lived and was raised at the TOP SECRET place where the BOMB was developed, and she is a blogger here and comments regularly. ‘Myra’ has made no secret of it, shucks, she is one sweet lady.
Now, in my later life time there is another wake up call to we who love our freedom, “Remember Nine Eleven.”
Did I say, “I love the USA?” Well I sure do. Let’s pull it all back together. GOD BLESS THE USA!
PS: From Buddy: