This day in history – 1941

Seventy-nine years ago.

Some dates stand out more than others. I will never think of December 7 without thinking of the attack on Pearl Harbor or of June 6 without thinking of D-Day.

These events were burned into my generation by those who fought the war – in many cases our fathers. Perhaps grandfathers for some of this blog’s readership?

America said, “Never again!” And then on September 11, 2001, another sneak attack, this by Saudis and a few Pakistanis who had been living with the Wahhabists. Even today, quite a few members of the US Congress want to forget 9/11, and there are even 9/11 deniers.

 

22 COMMENTS

  1. December 7th was still something big when I was growing up in the US in the seventies. I fear it would go unnoticed today were it not for the odd movie, forlorn historians and military families.

    • The leftists ignore it, and work hard to ignore September 11.

      I can’t. It’s baked into my DNA. Then again, I’ve walked the decks of the USS Arizona memorial that floats above the venerable battleship several times. When I worked out of the Fleet Intelligence building (was FITPAC then, has changed names) across the street, we’d go over in uniform at lunch once a month, to remember.

  2. How many more generations of Leftist indoctrination will it take to make THIS DAY less important? Further trashing of America’s good and decent moral underpinnings by the usual suspects will afford the “other half” the “permission” to run open loop.

    I suspect our last hope still in play is the Electoral College defying the “results”, however ill-gotten, and putting Trump in as he should be. The thought of the other team is too nasty to entertain with any credence.

    Have to go to town, blue face paint is on the list…heard it suffices as a Covid conformity mask replacement while signaling to the other half to step away. The visual alone is better than a MAGA ballcap, like an “America First” face billboard.

      • Brings to mind “The Grinch…”, he stole their presents and decorations, tried to steal Christmas. The next morning the people were still full of joy and happiness.

        The Dem’s can “do their worst” and no matter the gravity of their tyranny, I have decided to simply smile and go about my day unaffected. If they demand a vax for movement I will turn around, leave them to their devices. They lose, not me.

  3. Had a neighbor who was copilot on a B-29 in the Pacific Theater. Two uncles, one demolitions and one photo recon, were also in the PT. It was something you grew up aware of.
    Ironically, my son married a 1/4 Japanese gal on Dec. 7th. They were going to do it later, but his unit got mobilized and sent to the Middle East during a more recent upskuddle that occurred there, so they moved up the date real quick. Note of interest: her grandparents were out of town visiting relatives on the day their city got nuked.

    • Hiroshima and Nagasaki had been left alone by the US efforts in the Pacific until the bombs were dropped. A lot of Japanese people went there for that reason. I’m glad that her grandparents were out of town.

  4. My dad(navy) and father-in-law(marines) were both at Okinawa. One uncle was present at the Bulge. Another uncle was in the navy but was never deployed. Grandpa? France in 1918 and Italy in 1944.

    • Dad’s family much the same as yours, Jim. One of four brothers, he joined the Navy at the tender age of 33 and ended up turning wrenches on aircraft at Henderson Field. Meanwhile Mother stayed home and literally built bombs in an ammunition plant. His younger brother had some kinda heart condition but finagled his way into the Army via the whatever-it-was they set up to take the place of the National Guard after mobilization. He ended up driving an ambulance in the 3rd Army. Next older brother was an operating engineer for Wabash Railroad so was considered essential whilst the oldest brother sat this one out, having already rode the boat to France in 1918 himself.

      • My entire family worked in the war effort in different capacities, with my father serving in forward areas in the Navy.

        I find it difficult to think of this date in other terms.

      • If you’ve read about the troop train welcome events in North Platte, NE – my aunt was busy helping out with that one.
        For some families, helping out was an all family event.

  5. 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!

    Very sad. Thanks LL

    • The lack of proper education will be our downfall. It can be reversed, but not with the large number of communist and anti-American teachers and professors.

    • “Perhaps grandfathers for some of this blog’s readership?”
      Or great-grandfathers. My own granddads were Korea and Vietnam era military service, respectively. Both had (have) great-grandchildren.
      I’ve known a few WWII vets, including one Flying Tiger. They were all if age to be great great grandfathers.
      Some of your readers (including me) are young codgers indeed. And even then, I’m far closer to 40 than 30.

  6. I can just imagine the morning security briefing a week before the attack:

    ‘As you recall gentlemen, the President blockaded Japan’s trade in oil with America, the only source. In other news, this morning I can no longer tell you the location of the Japanese fleet, because we’ve stopped sending spotter planes out to save avgas; but I’m not sure who issued this order.’

    Both Pearl Harbor and 9/11 were made militarily possible by the treason (constitutional definition, making war) of insiders at the highest levels. Focusing on Japan as the enemy by using the FDR framing language is missing the more important point.

  7. One of my grandfathers was drafted and became a mule-skinner for the Quarter Masters in WW1. He was too old for WW2 at 43 years old. I don’t think my other grandfather served in WW1 and he died in 1936 so he was not around for WW2.

    My dad was too young for most of WW2 and didn’t get drafted in 1946 when he turned 18. However he served in Korea as an AT-6 pilot spotting targets for Fighters and Bombers and chasing Bed-Check Charlie.

    As children my brother and I were reasonably impressed both at home and at school about this date. I wouldn’t be surprised though, if many in current academia believe we should have rolled over and let the Germans and Japanese split our country between them because we are so horrible and awful a people.

  8. Been to the Arizona memorial in late fall, back in 1971ish. Hot on shore, cold around her. And she still cries tears of oil for what happened to her and her crew.

    I will never forget.

    And “Tora, Tora, Tora” is still the best movie treatment of the attack.

  9. I grew up when December 7th was a solemn day. My Dad all five of his brothers went down the next day to enlist. Dad went in the Navy, two went in the Army, one was too old, and the last was a railroad worker, and told he was exempt “For The Duration”.

    I, too, have been on the Arizona memorial. It’s a very quiet, somber place. As we were leaving I noticed the oil, and lost it. SLW had to help me get on the boat back to shore.

  10. My father and all but one of his brothers served in WWII. The one who didn’t had cognitive problems but worked in war industry. The words, “Pearl Harbor” brought a lowering of vocal volume from a group who always tried to talk louder than the other. We sons noticed.

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