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Old 12-04-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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A day in infamy

This Sunday, is a very special day.

First, it's a Sunday

Second it's December 7th.

Third, it's Pearl Harbor Day.

Fourth, it's a day where all Americans, need to bow their heads, and say a silent pray, for those that perished that day.

That day was 73 years ago.

I visit that Memorial usually 2 to 3 times each year. Yes, oil still surfaces every single minute. Sometimes, a person can actually smell it. AND, guestimates are that it will continue to surface, for another 20 years.

Survivors of the Arizona, can be cremated and buried on that ship, to be with their fellow mates. That still happens, not that often, but to this very day.

Let all of us REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR.


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Old 12-04-2014, 03:36 PM   #2
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Andy,

Hoooah!

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Old 12-04-2014, 04:06 PM   #3
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Hi from AZ. . . good call Andy, thanks ! My wife's step father was there that day, in the Army air corp. He's gone now, but had been back to the 50th & I think one other time. He said having a conversation with a Japanese pilot who had been on that mission was one of the most interesting things that ever happened to him. Remember Pearl Harbor ! regards, Craig
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My father signed up the following week. Was at Okinawa...almost at the end, when his destroyer was hit and subsequently sunk. He turns 95 next Tuesday. Not many of these heros left. As a matter of fact, he's the last one left of the survivors who reunioned annually until about 10 years ago.
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I will be forever grateful and in awe of that whole generation.
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God bless them!
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God Bless the "Greatest Generation"! My WW2 patients are special to me and I make sure they know my gratitude for their service.

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Old 12-04-2014, 07:01 PM   #8
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I remember "manning the rail" coming into Pearl Harbor. Dead slow past the Arizona Memorial on an aircraft carrier--it felt like walking quietly into a church with 3000 of my shipmates. Very moving, and I think about it every year.


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My wife's father was a PHS. He told many stories as we sat around the camp fire.

He came home from the war, got a job, and lived his life. He told me he was not a hero; he was just doing what had to be done.

A few years ago, Joyce took him back to Hawaii. They went all over, seeing what was left of what he knew back then.

While on the Memorial, the man in charge of the presentation noticed his PHS hat, and asked him if he would would raise the flag. Joyce said there was not a dry eye on board, and many came up to get his autograph.

Those guys were, indeed, the Greatest Generation.
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Thanks Andy, and remember the fight still rages, new enemy of our Freedoms but our fighting men and women of today just as brave and just as giving as those throughout the history of the US.
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My father was a Marine and served in the South Pacific during World War II. Never spoke about what happened on those islands. Never considered himself a hero but I did.
I served during the Vietnam era. Not in a war zone. Luckily.
Thanks to ALL who have served. And especially to those serving today.



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Thanks, Andy, right you are.

One of the best ways to thank our veterans for their service is to ensure they get the care and respect they deserve.

Here is just one recent example of embarrassing failure: VA delay triggers $6,324 bill for dying veteran who got married | Local News | The Seattle Times

I'm not casting aspersions on any particular party here because I don't want to spin up a political argument. I just know we can do better than this.
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My dad came home from the war on December 7, 1945 to marry my mom. She died and went to him on December 7, 2007. He was Merchant Marine.
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My dad was merchant marine as well. Met my mom on her way back from Europe in his ship in 1945.

She's still very much alive. He left us 20+ years ago, and I still miss him.


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