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Monday, December 7, 2020

December 7th 1941..

 

 

  I wanted so see if there were any images on line from 12/6/41. I found this one.

 They had no idea what was coming. 

 

 

From 'Worthpoint', this was part of the description of the image. "This extremely rare Photograph is from Pearl Harbor Hawaii Dec 6 1941 where the crew of The Battleship The USS. Arizona are taking their Saturday Night Shore Leave Drinking Pabst Blue Ribbons.  Little did many of these young Heros know this would be many of their last nights on this earth and tomorrow will be one of the largest events in our countries history."

 

 I have to wonder if they even discuss December 7th in the schools nowadays. I'll have to ask.

14 comments:

  1. Thank You. I've hit about 6 blogs so far and no one knows what day it is! December 7th idiots!

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    1. I saw a few mentions/remembrances. I'm pretty sure I posted something every year since 2007.
      https://tackyraccoons.com/category/7-december-1941/

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  2. There is an aerial photo of Pearl Harbor in the National Archives dated 5 Dec 1941 that show four flat-tops tied up across from the battle ships. Held the negative in my hand and decided $6 for a print was too much. What a maroon. What If.........

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    1. When we left Hawaii in 1972, original copies of the Honolulu Star Bulletin and the competing Advertiser newspapers dated December 7, 1941 were for sale for 25 cents. I distinctly remember thinking I would buy as many as I could afford. Then I thought, naw.

      A school field trip had us go to the print shop of the Star Bulletin. The newspaper allowed each of us to take the rubberized master sheet used in printing that day's paper. I chose 07DEC1941. I lost it in a move.

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  3. Just did a quick scan of the new services, (Google, MSN, etc) before commenting here.
    Barely anything mentioned on Google headlines and absolutely nothing on MSN.
    Worse, here in Vegas, far to many people don't even seem top give a damn if you mention it, much less the fact that some don't even know about it.
    One almost thinks the re-education of the masses is taking effect in a far worse fashion then anyone thought. But we were warned!

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  4. papaw, we all know what day it is. I myself have posted something most years. I made a conscious decision not to post something this year. We sort of silently take turns. I was happy to see it was Irish's turn this year.

    Never Forget!

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  5. My grandpa's ship, a destroyer, was returning to Pearl Harbor when it was attacked, and thus survived. Not only that but toward the end of the war my grandpa wasn't getting along well with the guys in his turret (he was older, they were young kids) so he put in for a transfer with a younger guy that wasn't getting along with the older guys in the other turret. They didn't wait for the orders to be approved and switched before the order was approved. While waiting for the official order the turret my grandpa was supposed to be in was hit by a kamikaze and all died. He always felt that this 18-19 year old kid was killed in his place, and choose to live a better life because of it. Add to that, my grandpa thought he was going to be in a shit-ton of trouble because of it, however, the navy had approved the move but they just hadn't been informed yet, so while he got in a lot of trouble on the ship, he didn't from the navy because the navy had approved the move. If not for those events I'd not be here today. Needless to say everyone in my family line is aware what happened today as we're all here as a result of the luck of these events.

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  6. My father never discussed that day. Never. I know he was inland, but not where. At the time, he was AAF.
    Many kudos to the soliders, sailors, and airman who fought and died. They were truly The Greatest Generation, today's generation certainly are not worthy of their sacrifice.

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  7. Kids know if only because it got us into the War to Save Communism.

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  8. Put the flag up this AM, right over the Santa banner.
    RIP, not just these heroes, but for those everywhere that have paid the price so others might live.
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  9. As far as history teaching goes, nothing ever happened pre-Obama.

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  10. The missus' Uncle Harry was in Pearl that morning. He told me he heard explosions but didn't know what to make of it until the strafing began. He dove under the biggest heaviest piece of equipment nearby and hunkered down until the all-clear sounded. When he got up he found out that his emergency shelter was a loaded ammo truck.

    He laughed as he told the story.

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  11. this photo hits home. I have a few photos from Westpacs very similar. All the boys out drinking a few beers. I stood on the shoulders of giants and heroes, without them I couldn't have done my part. Fair winds and following seas Shipmates!

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