75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

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75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

There's not much I can add to the historical topic of Pearl Harbor.  Our National Commander is out there today doing an event, and alas, I am not.  May have to watch some of the various movies today that feature the attack, that don't have Ben Affleck in them.

From NBC News:

The nation on Wednesday will mark the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, an assault that left 2,403 Americans dead and propelled the country into World War II.

It was a sunny Sunday morning when the attack began at around 7:55 a.m. By the time the attacks on Pearl Harbor and other military bases were over, 21 ships were sunk or damaged and more than 300 aircraft were damaged or destroyed.

Image: The USS Arizona Memorial and USS Battleship Missouri Memorial

The USS Arizona Memorial and USS Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii, on Dec. 5, 2016. HUGH GENTRY / Reuters

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously declared Dec. 7 "a date which will live in infamy" in an address to the nation the following day, during which he asked Congress for a declaration of war.

Around 4,000 people are expected to attend the commemoration ceremony at Pearl Harbor, NBC affiliate KHNL in Honolulu reported.

At Wednesday's ceremony, a moment of silence will be held to mark the time that Japanese planes hit their first target in the harbor. Ceremonies will be held at Kilo Pier and at Hickam Air Force Base to commemorate the attack on Hickam Field. 

One of the documentaries I watched this morning is pretty good:

Either way, please set aside time today to pray for all those lost, and those that were left behind. We are forever indebted to the Greatest Generation for how they withstood this catastrophe, and how that answered to it.


By the way, the video shows John "Jack" William Finn, who was "mad as hell" about the attack.....just imagine how angry he must have been to do this:

For extraordinary heroism, distinguished service, and devotion above and beyond the call of duty. During the first attack by Japanese airplanes on the Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Territory of Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, he promptly secured and manned a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on an instruction stand in a completely exposed section of the parking ramp, which was under heavy enemy machine gun strafing fire. Although painfully wounded many times, he continued to man this gun and to return the enemy's fire vigorously and with telling effect throughout the enemy strafing and bombing attacks and with complete disregard for his own personal safety. It was only by specific orders that he was persuaded to leave his post to seek medical attention. Following first-aid treatment, although obviously suffering much pain and moving with great difficulty, he returned to the squadron area and actively supervised the rearming of returning planes. His extraordinary heroism and conduct in this action are considered to be in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.[22]

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Our American legion Post 1941 Lost our only Pearl Harbor Survivour this past year
He was a US Navy veteran On board the USS Medusa as a cook.
His name was Ed Block and he resided in Countryside, IL.
Sincerely Jerome Matuch, Service Officer/ Chaplain Post 1941, La Grange, IL.

Our family is honoring the death of our uncle, Buster Parks, gunners mate 1st class killed aboard the USS Shaw.

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