Discussion in 'Main Message Board' started by jimmymac, Dec 7, 2019.
..."a date which will live in infamy."
A Day Indeed..
The greatest generation.
Yup... I think that being thrown into the “deep end of the pool” early in life led many to realize their individual potential. I’m certainly not advocating for war, but it does force people to learn how to get along with those that are different to accomplish the common goals of freedom and liberty!
I was a child of five and remember the radio news broadcast. The horror on my grandmothers face and the conversations I heard that day. scared the hell out of me. I kept looking at the skies for planes dropping bombs on us. It was a frightening time to be a child.
Flags are to be flown half mast sunrise to sunset today. Mine will be.
That was my second birthday, which makes me 80 today. It don’t remember that day as well as Armistice Day. We went around the neighborhood with an old school bell on a framework in a wagon and ringing to beat the band. It meant dad and some uncles would be coming home. One didn’t come home and one came home without a leg, They were all Canadian Army. So it truly was a World War. I think the draft and military service is a good thing in most cases because the training comes at a formative time in your life. I wasn’t really doing anything constructive when I went in. I didn’t ever really thank my “Friends and neighbors” for selecting me. Maybe I should as they made me what I am today. What do you say?
Happy Birthday ^
Let's take a moment to reflect on all who have served, and those that continue to serve, and pray for those that gave all they had, so that we may have all we have.
It will never happen like that again.
Truly The Greatest Generation!
God Bless them All
I'm for conscription. It helped me know on what side my bread was buttered. Newton
a day that should always be remembered. wanted to share a very small personal connection to this day.
i am a big WWII history buff. i just retired from a long "career" as a Technical Diver. i was fortunate to have been able to travel the world to dive on many World War 2 era shipwrecks. my last big trip was the oddessy to Bikini Atoll to dive the "Nuclear Fleet". Operation Crossroads in 1946 saw a fleet of American, Japanese, and German ships anchored inside the lagoon. the ships were prepared as if on a war footing, with everything aboard including live ammo. even some animals were secured on the decks. an initial airburst test sank a few ships and damaged many others. a subsequent underwater explosion sank a bunch more. these were Hiroshima size weapons of about 23 KT of yield.
one of the ships in the lagoon was the IJN battleship Nagato. this 33000 ton displacement battleship featured 16 inch main armament guns. the Nagato survived the air drop test with heavy damage. it was sunk however by the underwater test. as top heavy battleships and heavy cruisers tend to do when sinking in relatively shallow water, it rolled over and turtled on the 180 ft deep lagoon bottom.
The Nagato was Admiral Yamamoto's flagship that was at sea and he was aboard when he ordered the attack against Pearl Harbor to begin.
it was an incredible feeling to dive this vessel back in 2014. it gave me a connection to this event that i could never hope to duplicate again. we explored a great deal of the ship and even worked our way up inside one of the 16 inch gun turrets to see 16 inch shells hanging, hopefully secured, above us. another highlight were the massive propellers. i have included a couple of pictures taken of me by my dive buddy.
Big counter punch 6 months later.
When someone thanks me for my service, I never know how to respond. You're welcome seems trite and dumb to me
I've taken to saying don't thank me, but remember and honor those that did not come back.
Now they don't know what to say, and I feel better. I could say more about how they gave up their tomorrows for us and more but that is preachy and usually takes longer than just in passing.
BYW my flag is out
Mt young neighbor asked me why I was flying the flag at half mast. When I told him he looked at me in a quizzical manner. He had no idea what Pearl Harbor meant. They don't teach these things in school anymore. During our conversation he did bring up that we dropped the bomb on them and that we were the only country to use atomic bombs during warfare. I ended the conversation quickly and walked away feeling very sad that history is being rewritten by our socialist schools. If you have children and especially grandchildren. it is up to you to feed them a taste of reality.
My flags are at half staff. Thank you all for your service! May God rest their souls.
When he says anything about the atomic bombs, have him read about the "Rape of Nanking" in China and see if it was justified.
Or the death march of Batan and a host of other atrocities.
Civics, American History, State history have not been taught in public schools for a long time.
Relevance! What is it good for? This is their thinking!!!
Jesus help us!
"Let's remember Pearl Harbor"
I remember this song and while playing war as a kid, we would sing it.
In moving rapidly towards a socialist, one-world government it is necessary to stop equating capitolism with good. Ditto with unlimited personal freedoms.
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