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Let's not forget what today is

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Cajuncowboy, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    This may be the wrong forum to post this but I think it's important to remember this day and the men who died. God Bless Them.

    A Day that will live in Infamy...


    Online Library of Selected Images:
    -- EVENTS -- World War II in the Pacific --
    Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941 --
    Overview and Special Image Selection

    The 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy's battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's southward expansion. America, unprepared and now considerably weakened, was abruptly brought into the Second World War as a full combatant.

    Eighteen months earlier, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had transferred the United States Fleet to Pearl Harbor as a presumed deterrent to Japanese agression. The Japanese military, deeply engaged in the seemingly endless war it had started against China in mid-1937, badly needed oil and other raw materials. Commercial access to these was gradually curtailed as the conquests continued. In July 1941 the Western powers effectively halted trade with Japan. From then on, as the desperate Japanese schemed to seize the oil and mineral-rich East Indies and Southeast Asia, a Pacific war was virtually inevitable.

    By late November 1941, with peace negotiations clearly approaching an end, informed U.S. officials (and they were well-informed, they believed, through an ability to read Japan's diplomatic codes) fully expected a Japanese attack into the Indies, Malaya and probably the Philippines. Completely unanticipated was the prospect that Japan would attack east, as well.

    The U.S. Fleet's Pearl Harbor base was reachable by an aircraft carrier force, and the Japanese Navy secretly sent one across the Pacific with greater aerial striking power than had ever been seen on the World's oceans. Its planes hit just before 8AM on 7 December. Within a short time five of eight battleships at Pearl Harbor were sunk or sinking, with the rest damaged. Several other ships and most Hawaii-based combat planes were also knocked out and over 2400 Americans were dead. Soon after, Japanese planes eliminated much of the American air force in the Philippines, and a Japanese Army was ashore in Malaya.

    These great Japanese successes, achieved without prior diplomatic formalities, shocked and enraged the previously divided American people into a level of purposeful unity hardly seen before or since. For the next five months, until the Battle of the Coral Sea in early May, Japan's far-reaching offensives proceeded untroubled by fruitful opposition. American and Allied morale suffered accordingly. Under normal political circumstances, an accomodation might have been considered.

    However, the memory of the "sneak attack" on Pearl Harbor fueled a determination to fight on. Once the Battle of Midway in early June 1942 had eliminated much of Japan's striking power, that same memory stoked a relentless war to reverse her conquests and remove her, and her German and Italian allies, as future threats to World peace.
  2. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    My great uncle was at Pearl when it was attacked. By luck he had promised his mother he would go to church since he had not be going and while attending services the Japanese attacked.

    JIMMYBUFFETT Skinwalker

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    Thanks CC . My grandfather was there and left in a wheelchair . It's a day I won't ever forget .
  4. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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  5. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Winter is Here Staff Member

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    Just to let others know, in case they are interested.

    The Military Channel is having a special on tonight about pearl harbor.
  6. CliffnMesquite

    CliffnMesquite Well-Known Member

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    My Mothers oldest brother. A Uncle I never got to meet still rests on the Arizona. I'm not likely to ever forget this day.
  7. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Yeah, Grampa's birthday! Happy 89th Birthday Grampa! :cheers:

    Now, aside from that, I also hold a minute of silents on this day for all of the losses on this day. Both American and others around the world due to the war.
  8. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    good read...
  9. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Went to a VFW dinner last night.

    Talked and listened to many of our greatest generation.

    I really wish people could hear the passion and pain that they still feel about WW2 even 67 years later.

    Men as tough as iron, who look like they are made of leather, still tear up when they speak of the Day of Infamy and D-Day.

    God Bless these men ...... there will never be another generation like them.
  10. CowboyJeff

    CowboyJeff New Member

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    My wife and I spent our Honeymoon in Hawaii 7 years ago. We stopped at Pearl Harbor to pay our respects to the men and women who lost their lives there. What I found interesting was there were no Japanese people there at all. There were plenty of them all over the rest of Hawaii, but not Pearl Harbor. I thought that was disrespectful, since if I visited Hiroshima or Nagasaki I would certainly pay my respects.

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