A day that will live in infamy

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by FatChance, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. FatChance

    FatChance Road Captain

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    Today is the 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack on our Naval base at Pearl Harbor. There are not many WW2 veterans around anymore. If you know of any, thank them for their sacrifices back then that helped preserve our freedoms. They were the greatest generation.
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    OrangeDreamCycler .......Explorer of Options.......

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    I'll Second that.
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  3. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) vintage

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    My uncle was aboard the Arizona. He survived the attack. My hat is ALWAYS off to our VETS!!!
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  4. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    My neighbor is a WWII vet. He spent 19 months in a German POW camp. Well into his 90s he's one tough bird. I try to mow and shovel for him (or have my son do it) but I still catch him on the ladder now and again.
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  5. Blakebird

    Blakebird air conditioned gypsy

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    I had a chance to visit the Arizona Memorial a couple of months ago, left a deeper impression on me than I expected.
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  6. SAM13

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    Dad was in the Bulge. Passed away in 04’ without talking much about it, had survivors guilt.
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  7. _CJ

    _CJ Retrogrouch

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    My father enlisted during WWII. Served his time in the Pacific theater (Army). As the story goes, he was on a transport ship, they dropped off half the guys at one island, and he was dropped at another with the rest. None of the guys dropped off at the first island survived. He passed away unexpectedly in 2008, and that's all I know about his service. He never really talked about it, other than the fact that it paid his way through college.


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  8. Greco

    Greco Braap!

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    Wife and I went to Pearl Harbor last year as part of our 25th anniversary vacation. Our tour was on 12/6, the day before the 75th anniversary. I met dozens of survivors. They were just kids back then. Shook as many hands as I could. I also met Lauren Bruner, who was selling a book called "The Second to the Last to Leave the USS Arizona". His first hand recount of the weeks leading up to the attack, the attack, and his recovery. Incredible read. Watching the divers place the urns of the survivors that had passed back on the ship brought tears to my eyes.
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  9. FatChance

    FatChance Road Captain

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    My dad came back from Europe in 1944 without his lower left leg, two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star. He passed away in 1976 as a relatively young man (only 56). He was a true war hero. He never was able to tell me his stories, I only know what happened through some official reports that my brother was able to find.
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  10. jml141

    jml141 Been here awhile

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    This is my cousin Durward Swanson. He was in the Pearl Harbor attack, and goes back every other year. He is there today. His mind is still sharp as a tack and he can recall everything that happened that day. I had the pleasure of going with him a few years ago to the commemoration ceremony, and got to take a tour of Hickem Field with a group from the base. The tourguide basically gave Durward the microphone and let him talk while we rode and listened. Here is a video of him.
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  11. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    That is a great story from a great guy. And he was a motorcyclist and had six other riders in his unit.
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  12. Sir Denis Eton-Hogg

    Sir Denis Eton-Hogg Tap into America

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    Just reading a book right now on the marines in the pacific theater, many of them joined up because of Pearl Harbour.

    Winston Churchill immediately declared war on Japan making the US our ally in the war against the Germans.

    Big mistake by the Japanese, we all know how badly it ended for them.
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  13. MaParkerColo

    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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    This country becomes a bit less than it once was every time one of these gentlemen pass.

    My father tried to enlist at 17, the recruiter told him to finish high school. He enlisted in May of 1944 and ended up in Army Air Corps as he still calls it. His crew excelled in training and was selected for a top secret training mission using B29’s. Completely different bombing runs then they’d learned previously, lots of interviews with psychologists and doctors. Dad had orders to ship out for Guam on that fateful day in August when it suddenly became clear why they had been interviewed individually on more than one occasion asking if they could end the war with one massive strike would they?

    Fortunately Dad never made it to Guam and is still with us at 92.
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    norton(kel) vintage

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    My dad flew P-38s in the Pacific. Only story he would ever tell me was that he ran out of ammo in a dogfight with a Zero and he was glad the P-38 was so fast because he was able to outrun the Zero.
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    jml141 Been here awhile

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    Durward stills calls it the air corps as well. a few years ago, one of the departing generals in charge of Hickam asked Durward if there was anything he could do for him before the general retired. Durward asked him to change the sign at the main gate from Hickam AFB back to Hickam Field. and he did!
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  16. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Took the family a few years ago.

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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Really sobering experience. I went to Ford Island last month. Again its a really sobering experience. I grew up listening to the stories from my parents friends about their efforts in that war. Difficult to see the way things have changed.
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    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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    I love it! Gotta like someone who has that kind of respect.
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  19. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    The great documentary on Pearl Harbor is on now (DISH AHC) outlinimg the Japanese mini subs, Billy Mitchell's airborne philosphy and the whole outline of how airborne torpedos developed. The Japanese worked on their dropped torpedo which had wooden fin frames around the back propellor. So they solved the problem of keeping the torpedos shallow and dropped the torpedos to blowup the big ships in the harbor.
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    My Dad had a bad right leg, but was able to build B-24s at Ft. Worth during WWII
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    And now the next Pearl Harbor program is on AHC, 'Pearl Harbor: New Evidence'
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  20. waybill

    waybill wayward

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    Had a longtime landlord (and friend) I rented a farm building from that was a fighter pilot in the Pacific off the Intrepid (he died about 4 years ago at 87 after falling breaking a hip and complications in the hospital). He had some amazing stories, stuff that's hard to fathom these days. He was an Ace and shot down over 20 Zeros, and was shot down himself 9 times and rescued each time!
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