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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Remembering Pearl Harbor

By Douglas V. Gibbs
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Earlier today I had the opportunity to meet Bill, a pilot who fought in World War II.  In short, the image to the left is of three squids.

Bill had pictures of his time in the Navy, including one where the crew was replacing the planks on the flight deck of his aircraft carrier after being struck by a Japanese bombing raid.

I found it very cool that my path crossed Bills on Pearl Harbor Day.

December 7, 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, crippling our Naval Fleet and nearly demolishing our air power. 2,400 Americans died. Roosevelt wanted nothing to do with fighting a war with Japan, but Japan had other ideas. Some people even allude to the idea that Roosevelt's administration had an idea that the attack was coming, but there has never been any proof to support such conjecture.

The famous "Day of Infamy" speech aired over the radio that day in 1941, and as we did immediately after 9/11, the nation united and rose to the call.

Our men joined the military to fight for our freedom. The women assisted in producing the goods necessary for the war effort. An embargo was imposed on Japan for oil, steel, and scrap metal. Japan’s assets were frozen.

Shortly afterward, Germany declared war on the United States of America, and we joined the fight in Europe as well.

It took four years to defeat the enemy, and the troops came home as heroes. The courage of our parents and grandparents (depending on your age) kept us free, allowed liberty to live on, and forged America into a mighty weapon against evil, and those who would come against liberty and freedom.
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