"A day which shall live in infamy......"  

TTigerAtty 62M
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12/7/2005 2:55 pm

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"A day which shall live in infamy......"

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.

Today, the U.S. and our friends and allies throughout the world are aligned against another threat to freedom-loving people all over the world .... international terrorism. Our service men and women and the service men and women of our allies are at the leading edge of this fight, as were our service men and women 64 years ago! They fight in defense of freedom and they fight to free the world of tyranny!

God bless them and their families! We honor their sacrifices! We wish them all a safe and speedy return to their families and to their homeland. Nevertheless, we recognize that they will continue to remain in harm's way for some time yet to come!

Please pray for them! Pray for a quick victory over terrorism! And if you know a service man or woman, give them a big hug today and thank them for their service!

If you have a father, grandfather or an uncle, who served in WWII, call them and thank them sincerely for their sacrifices at a different time in the history of this world.

My own father is now deceased. He served as an Army Medic in North Africa, Italy and southern Switzerland. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery and three Purple Hearts. My dad saw a lot of terrible things and he never liked to talk about them ... so we didn't. Yet, I have since learned more about what he saw and experienced. I have learned these things by talking with my mother and other WWII veterans from our hometown.

I have recently learned about the Christmas Eve when he lost 80 some friends and comrades in his Company during a battle that took all but him and six other fortunate souls. I've learned more about the horrors he experienced....things that he would never discuss with me. But, that's the way these guys were! So, if you know a WWII veteran, thank him or her. They won't be with us many more years!

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TTigerAtty 62M

12/7/2005 4:51 pm

silhouette2005 - Thanks for dropping by! Did your Mom lose a loved one in that attack? Stay warm out there in Colorado! I heard you've had some nasty weather recently. We're going to get our first snow tomorrow.


Whispersoftly5 52F
15176 posts
12/7/2005 7:01 pm

TTigerATTY - Thank you so very much for this this post!!! I've known several verterans over the years and it means so much to them just to hear or read a thank you. The veterans I've known don't ask for a lot - they've told me the words thank you means more than anything they can think of asking for.

I tried to leave a post on Pearl Harbor - but it's messed up bad and I've got to fix it. I hope veterans see your post, mine and others like it!

Scarlettsflame - I'm going to try to find your website. I bet it's very powerful. And I bet it is sad when veterans write wanting to verify the death of a friend. I also bet it means a lot to them to have such a source of information available to them. Thank you for being there for them!

Whisper...


TTigerAtty 62M

12/8/2005 4:12 am

scarlettsflame - That's neat! That must have been a very time consuming project! God bless you for helping verterans and the families of veterans in that way!

Whispersoftly5 - I think a simple 'Thank You' does make those guys feel appreciated. I think they also want to see our country continue to stand for all the things that we have always stood for.


rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
12/8/2005 1:45 pm

A very nice post Tiger. Thanks

Also I would add if you know a Vietnam veteran, thank him or her.

Also thank the other men and women who put their lives on the line for others. Thank policemen and firemen when you see them.

I also think we should remember the many Iraqi's and Afghanistan's that have had their lives effected.

I hope we will heed the words of Senator McCain, General Powell, President Carter, and many others to realize that we can't claim with a straight face to be truly only fighting in defense of freedom and fighting to free the world of tyranny until we fix our image by the truth of our political actions. We currently fall short of that image of a shining light on a hill. Here's hoping we start living up to the full promise of what we can be.

Regardless those that put their lives on the line hoping for a better world deserve our thoughts and our thanks.


S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo
.
~Dante~


rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
12/8/2005 1:47 pm

A very nice post Tiger. Thanks

Also I would add if you know a Vietnam veteran, thank him or her.

Also thank the other men and women who put their lives on the line for others. Thank policemen and firemen when you see them.

I also think we should remember the many Iraqi's and Afghanistan's that have had their lives effected.

I hope we will heed the words of Senator McCain, General Powell, President Carter, and many others to realize that we can't claim with a straight face to be truly only fighting in defense of freedom and fighting to free the world of tyranny until we fix our image by the truth of our political actions. We currently fall short of that image of a shining light on a hill. Here's hoping we start living up to the full promise of what we can be.

Regardless those that put their lives on the line hoping for a better world deserve our thoughts and our thanks


S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo
.
~Dante~


rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
12/8/2005 1:49 pm

Sorry about the duplicate comments I thought it wasn't sticking.


S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo
.
~Dante~


TTigerAtty 62M

12/8/2005 4:55 pm

Luke - If your comment about "fixing our image by the truth of our political actions" is an oblique reference to the accusation that is being blindly repeated in the media and by the irresponsible members of our political party which is currently "out of power", this is one American who is not being fooled. No, I don't believe "Bush Lied" to me, to Congress, to the U.N. or to the world of nations! I followed the events leading up to our involvement in Iraq very carefully sometimes leaving my office to catch key speeches on the subject like the speeches President Bush and Colin Powell delivered to the Security Council of the U.N. I understood the reasoning for going into Iraq very clearly. I believe everyone in the world including the leadership of the Democratic party understood and supported the reasoning. Now, for political reasons and other misguided reasons, many would quickly abandon their resolve to see this thing through until we have achieved victory over our enemies and the enemies of peace loving and freedom loving people throughout the world. I stand proudly with President Bush and others in his administration who are catching heat from those who would have the United States of America "cut and run". Sorry, not buying what the leadership of the Democratic party and the liberal left-leaning media is trying to make the American people believe! What they are currently doing is undermining American interests and is, to me, borderline treasonous!


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