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**Edited for December 7th, 2010**


Today, our Nation pays tribute to the Infamous Attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; December 7th, 1941. As some of you know, my Father was stationed at Schofield Barracks, on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii (right up the hill from Pearl Harbor) on that morning. Dad spent the latter years of his life researching the events of December 7th, 1941. His reason? "December 7th involved more than just the attack on Pearl Harbor!" It upset him that most of America was oblivious to the other attacks on that day. Dad finally conceded when the US Government made December 7th "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day", stating that even though there were other attacks, Pearl Harbor and the island of Oahu suffered the biggest US Loss. However, he continued to teach the young school students about December 7th, World War II, The US Flag and Patriotism. Sadly, Dad passed away February 18, 2008. He is but one of a multitude of World War II Veterans that we are losing every day. It will only be a matter of a few years, and they will all be gone. Cherish these brave men and women while they are still among us. They truly were: "The Greatest Generation".


Below is the result of my Dad's research on the Japanese Attacks in the Pacific. This is from a Timeline Board that he made for his school and Special presentations, which I inherited. Please note, that all of these attacks occurred between 10:00am, December 7th and 3:00am December 8th, Washington DC time: a period of less than 24 hours.


TIMELINE: DECEMBER 7TH, 1941
(Local times are areas of attack: involving both sides of International Date Line)
 
Local Time                                                                                                                          Washington DC Time
 
12/7 – 05:00    2 Heavy Cruisers launch scouts to Pearl Harbor and Lahaina     12/7 – 10:00
                           Last of Midgets cast off
                           Instructions sent to Japanese Embassy to deliver 14 part
                                    message at 1:00pm DC Time
12/8 – 00:30    Kota Bharu Malaya Attacked by Japanese                                          12/7 – 12:30
12/7 – 07:55    Oahu – First Wave: Pearl Harbor, Hickam Field, Ford Island          12/7 – 12:55
12/7 – 08:02    Oahu – First Wave: Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Field                    12/7 – 13:02
12/7 – 08:54    Oahu – Second Wave: Pearl, Hickam, Wheeler, Schofield              12/7 – 13:54
                        Washington, DC: Part 14 of 14 Part Message Delivered Late           12/7 – 14:00
                                    (Message was to be delivered prior to Oahu Attack)
                        Luzon attack aborted due to fog at Army Air Field
12/8 – 04:00    Singapore Air Attack                                                                                 12/7 – 15:00
12/8 – 05:30    Batan Island, Philippines; Luzon                                                           12/7 – 16:30
12/8 – 06:12    Davao Harbor, Mindanao Island                                                            12/7 – 17:12
12/8 – 08:27    Guam Repeated Air Attacks                                                                   12/7 – 17:27
12/8 – 10:58    Wake Island Attack                                                                                   12/7 – 17:58
12/8 – 08:00    Peiping – Tientsin Embassy Guards Captured                                  12/7 – 19:00
12/8 – 08:00    Hong Kong Air Attack and Invasion                                                        12/7 – 19:00
12/8 – 12:35    Clark, Nielson, Del Carmen Airfields Attacked                                    12/7 – 23:55
12/7 – 21:30    Midway shelled by 2 Destroyers                                                             12/8 – 03:30


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Very interesting, thank you for sharing this.  I'm sure you are truly proud of your father and I'm sorry to hear of his passing.  This country owes an enormous debt of gratitude to all of our service men and women in WWII, as well as the other wars this country has engaged in, currently and in the past. Your father was obviously dedicated and loyal to his country when he decided to do his research and create his presentation.  He wanted people to not forget that our country was invaded and our very way of life and liberty was attacked.  I get so disappointed when our citizens don't realize what sacrifices have been made over the years by people like your father, and those before and after him.  I hold a special place in my thoughts to the "greatest generation of Americans" during that era of war.  People forget that not only our soldiers and sailors fought and died everyday, but the people at home struggled and sacrificed to make the war effort a success.   We can probably never repay them, but we can thank them.  Thank you again for sharing this and God Bless you and your father, a true American Hero and Patriot.    

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Thanks, dstar.


What amazed me about Dad, all of his research was done without the aid of a computer or the internet. He did it by visiting veterans, historical places and by sending letters. When he left Hawaii in March, 1942 (went to OCS and Flight School), he never returned to Hawaii. We offered several years ago to send him and Mom to Hawaii for a vacation, and so he could continue his research, but he said "I've been there and have no interest in returning." It had that deep of an effect on him.


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May God Bless every Mothers Son and Daughter that were part of that "WORLDS GREATEST GENERATION". My Father and three brothers enlisted, and my Father and two brothers came home. My Uncle Eddy was a tail gunner in b-17's for the Army Air Corps and was killed during the Normandy Invasion. The big thing that I observed in my lifetime is the collective INABILITY TO WATCH WWII MOVIES from anyone who participated. I remember an interview on TV with Audie Murphy about his move "TO HELL AND BACK" , and he said he had never seen the movie in spite of having the staring roll , he had done everything in his power to finish the movie but every night during the filming he went back to his trailer and cried himself to sleep because of the loss of all his friends. He said the only reason he kept it up was for the dedication of his fellow combat veterans who deserved to be recognized.


Back in the 50's and 60's , those returning Veterans NEVER ASKED FOR ANYTHING , NOT PITY FOR LOSS OF LIMBS , NOT THE TRAUMATIC LOSSES THEY HAD TO DEAL WITH ( NIGHTMARES EVERY NIGHT). They just went back to home town U.S.A. and picked up where they left off.


But they really didn't. They became self medicated and almost to a man and women that served , the had drinking problems. I know my Father and his brothers never drank before entering the Service because they were athletes and did not smoke either. When the cam home they did both and sometimes to excess. I just cant imagine the 13 Assault Landing my Father did under fire in the Pacific. He was with the 77th. Combat Engineers (Army) and they were attached to the 3Rd. Marine Division in MacArthur's Island Hopping Campaign. Each and every landing they were the first Landing Craft in under fire and had to live the rest of there lives with the visions of there dead and dismembered buddies laying there.


I CAN ONLY PREY THAT THEY ALL HAVE A VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN HEAVEN FOR THERE DEVOTION TO THERE COUNTRY. I have to stop now because it upsets me to know what they lived and died for , and I see what has happened to there efforts in todays Politics.


Glory earned on the field of battle , can never be taken away , you take it with you to the grave. Quote by General George Armstrong Custer

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Thanks, Champ!! Of the 4 Rader boys that enlisted around the WWII timeframe, 3 came home. My Uncle Norman's plane went down in action over the Soloman Islands. My Uncle Ben (WWII Vet) returned to Action during the Korean Conflict, and his plane went down somewhere over the North Korean area.


During WWII, all 4 Branches of the Service were represented by the Rader Boys: Uncle Norman (given name Calvin Norman): US Marine Corps; Dad: US Army; Uncle Ben: US Army Air Corps ( became US Air Force); Uncle Don: US Navy.


GOD BLESS ALL OF OUR VETERANS!!!!!


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My grandfather was a youg sailor at the beginning of his career (retired as a Lt. Cmdr.) in 1941. One of his first assignments was Pearl Harbor and he was there at the time of the attack, but he never talked about it. When people scream about us dropping the bombs at the end of the war, they dont seem to consider all of the atrocities that the Japanese committed such as the unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor, Luzon death march, Nanking, the overall treatment of our pows and the list goes on.


In California we have several license plates denoting veterans status, purple heart awards, pow and Pearl Harbor survivors. When I'm stopped at an intersection  and I see one of those plates on a car next to me, I make it a point to acknowledge that person to show respect for the sacrifices they made so that I could have the life I have now.


All veterans deserve our thanks and respect !

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My father was in New Guinea until the islands were declared cleared of troops and then went on to the Phillipines where he finished out the war in the Air Corps.


My oldest uncle was at the Battle of the Bulge and fought until their division reached the Elbe River. (He won a Silver Star at the Bulge but I didn't know about it until it was published in his obituary.)


Neither would talk about it until the 2 of them got together and then I would sneak in and listen to their experiences.


Now, in Virginia, we have some weak spined, lily-livered group of liberals in a homeowners association that are demanding that a 90 year old Medal of Honor winner take down his flag pole from his yard....the same flag pole that he has flown the American flag from since moving to that neighborhood.


Thank God that we had men like these and all of the others when the call to duty came.  If they were like our present cast of liberal apologists (does Neville Chamberlain ring a bell?), we'd all be speaking German on this side of the globe and Japanese on the other.


May the Grace of God accompany all of these men when their time to depart this world arrives.

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thanks for sharing this. my uncle, who just recently passed @ 88, served in WWII and then in Korean War conflict. so proud of him and countless others who served, some as young as 14 years old (yes, that young   - lied about age to go to war )


there are so many amazing stories that have unfolded recently from WWII. many vets didn't like talking about the indicents until recently. glad they are talking because their stories are inspiring.

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God Bless all of our military .. who have served in defense of our country.  My father was a bomber pilot in WWII, flew in over Italy, the B-24s.


Do Not Fear The Enemy,
For They Can Only Take Your Life.
Fear The Media, For They Will Destroy Your Honour

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I watched History Channel's "World War II in HD" recently, and learned an interesting thing.


I knew of the 14 part message from the Japanese Government to the American Government, and even knew that part 14 was delivered late (learned that from my Father). But I learned the reason it was late was the employees of the Japanese Emabassy in DC were not skilled typists. Because of their inability to type proficiently, Part 14 was delivered more than an hour late.


The pilots and sailors of the Imperial Fleet were told that the Japanese Government had declared war on the American Government, and Pearl Harbor was to be the target. Pilots interviewed on this History Channel special all told the same story. They also stated that since Part 14 was late, Pearl Harbor was in essence a "Sneak Attack". The Pilots further stated "Their is no Honor in a Sneak Attack. We have lived our life without Honor."


Part 14 of the 14 part message was a Declaration of War against the American Government, ending with the paragraphs:


"Thus the earnest hope of the Japanese Government to adjust Japanese-American relations and to preserve and promote the peace of the Pacific through cooperation with the American Government has finally been lost.


The Japanese Government regrets to have to notify hereby the American Government that in view of the attitude of the American Government it cannot but consider that it is impossible to reach an agreement through further negotiations."


 


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God bless the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who gave their lives to protect Hawaii that terrible day.  May their memory always remain in our hearts and minds forever!

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R.I.P. All service people and civilians victims of this massacre. Good thing the Imperial Japan got a lesson that was well learned

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Do you know what I find to be very disturbing?


This morning before I sent my daughter to school, I asked her if she knew what today was...I told here it was the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that got the United States involved in World War II. So I told her that when her teacher asked about it, she would know what it was for class room discussion.


THEY DIDN"T EVEN TALK ABOUT IT.


PUBLIC SCHOOL DIDN"T EVEN TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE DEADLIEST DAYS IN OUR HISTORY!!!


WHAT KIND OF CRAP IS THAT?


I asked my son about it when he got home from school...he's a Sophomore in High School, so they would have discussed it right?


WRONG!!!


CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT...A HIGH SCHOOL NOT EVEN TALKING ABOUT IT!!!!


If this stuff isn't talked about in our schools, then eventually it will DIE along with our BRAVE men and women that lived that history.


We need to do something about this. These important events in our history need to be discussed before we lose them forever!

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Tim thank you for sharing this with us.  Your Dad was truly an American Hero!  I know you are proud.   God Bless him and all of our brave soldiers.  Past and future.  But most especially all of those past who have given all Americans, and so many others, their freedoms.

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Thanks to all those that have given the ultimate sacrifice!  I come along line of military vets, from the american revolution to desert storm. lost to many family members both fisically and emotionaly. heard some horrify stories but they didn't talk about it much. my papaw always told me and my brothers when asked about his in the navy during WWII he would just say, " i hope and pray that yall never have to see or experince that in your life times" then he would just look away and stare. My dad spent 18 months in Nam, he will not talk about it at all. he got several medals while there but keeps them hide. we used to ask about them and he would say there is no glory in war. he would say that to alot of americans when he came home he was a blyt on them. so I get very emotional when I see the people doing what they are doing to our vets who served in the past and to those that are serveing now, its a disgrace to the this country and those that have given their lives and those that are willing to face death now. And yes the history lesson need to be changed back to were these things are taught in schools!

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I blame the lack of passing the history of Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941 on the educational system and also on the people who are to damn dumb to remember. Hell a lot of people have forgotten 9 /11.


It is a wonder the dumb businesses havent started a Dec. 7 sale like there is a sale on Memorial Day or Veterans Day.


I remember one guy wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day. One WW2 Vet. immediately said that there is nothing happy about Memorial Day and that it is a day of mourning and rememberance.


 


That was a good article and historic and sad. Thank you for posting it.

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Do you know what I find to be very disturbing?


This morning before I sent my daughter to school, I asked her if she knew what today was...I told here it was the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that got the United States involved in World War II. So I told her that when her teacher asked about it, she would know what it was for class room discussion.


THEY DIDN"T EVEN TALK ABOUT IT.


PUBLIC SCHOOL DIDN"T EVEN TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE DEADLIEST DAYS IN OUR HISTORY!!!


WHAT KIND OF CRAP IS THAT?


I asked my son about it when he got home from school...he's a Sophomore in High School, so they would have discussed it right?


WRONG!!!


CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT...A HIGH SCHOOL NOT EVEN TALKING ABOUT IT!!!!


If this stuff isn't talked about in our schools, then eventually it will DIE along with our BRAVE men and women that lived that history.


We need to do something about this. These important events in our history need to be discussed before we lose them forever!



Shane, my Dad knew that the schools would soon leave World War II out of it's curriculum. That's why he spent so many of his twilight years visitng the schools and teaching the kids about the World Wars, The US Flag, Patriotism and the meaning behind Freedom. Believe it or not, the kids came to know him as "The Flag Guy" and looked forward to his visits. There were several that even came to his viewing when he passed away.


I believe it is up to us to not let those lives go in vain. WE need to push the issues with our local schools to keep American History lessons alive. Too many American lives were lost defending our freedom to ever forget them!!!!!


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Your father's time line is pretty good but he left out 2 items.


At approx 0600 hrs Hawaii time, the USS Ward shelled, dropped depth charges on and sank a Japanese midget sub just outside the entrance to Pearl Harbor.


At approx 0700 hrs, 2 radar operators manning a portable radar unit on the north end of Oahu picked up a large flight of aircraft on their radar screen.  They telephoned the duty officer at Fort Shafter and were told by him to not worry about it.  The duty officer thought that the flight of aircraft that they picked up on the radar was a flight of American B-17 bombers that was due to arrive that day from California.


I asked my wife what today was and she did not know.  When I told her it was Pearl Harbor day, she asked me why do we celebrate it.  I told her that we don't celebrate, we mourn and honor the people who died.  God bless your father and his service to out country.

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As a veteran myself, I don't know how the elder generations dealt with the hardships they had. God bless them, and thank you to all of you that paved the way for the younger generations of military, and kept us safe at home.

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Your father's time line is pretty good but he left out 2 items.


At approx 0600 hrs Hawaii time, the USS Ward shelled, dropped depth charges on and sank a Japanese midget sub just outside the entrance to Pearl Harbor.


At approx 0700 hrs, 2 radar operators manning a portable radar unit on the north end of Oahu picked up a large flight of aircraft on their radar screen.  They telephoned the duty officer at Fort Shafter and were told by him to not worry about it.  The duty officer thought that the flight of aircraft that they picked up on the radar was a flight of American B-17 bombers that was due to arrive that day from California.



Thanks, Mike!! Sounds like someone else knows their History.


Actually, those are on Dad's timeline, along with The British Recon plane that was downed at 0830 DC time (I left it off: unknown location), Honolulu Western Telegraph Office Received 1:00 message (at 11:33 DC Time),  FDR's speech declaring War and a few other items in the timeline. What I posted above was just the Japanese Actions. So many people do not know the magnitude of the Japanese Attacks: more than just the Hawaiian Islands.


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Tim -


Thanks so much for the research and information to remember our honored veterans from this fateful day.  It is every American's duty to pass on to their children the reasons for not only national celebrations but also national days of rememberance and honor to our older generations.....and the reasons why history happened like it did. 


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PFC Wayne Rader: Hawaii, October, 1940



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My Dad at one of the many "December 7th Remembrance Ceremonies" he attended.........



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May all be forever remembered who served.

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Land of the free, because of the brave....God Bless America.

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I was on deck leaving Pearl Harbor and sailing past the USS Arizona in January 1958. The oil was still bubbling up. We came to Attention and saluted. The Monument had not been built yet.


Yes, there were many other outposts attacked that day. Not much said about that on the news. My Dad first worked for Higgins Boats and then joined the US Navy CBs. I was just 3 years old. I remember the postman delivering Victory mail. Dad was at Saipan. He saw the B-29s. Dad was mustered at the US naval Air Station Lakefront New Orleans, La. About 10 years later that was where I joined the USMC Reserve in 1956.

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