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DAY OF INFAMY; 70 Years have passed!!!


On December 7th, 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. I recently discovered some hand written notes my Dad made about December 7th. He and his fellow soldiers were cleaning the barracks before church. He heard the Bugle play "Church Call" and stood on the second floor balcony of Schofield Barracks to listen. While he stood there, the first wave of Japanese airplanes made their pass. Some of the planes strafed Schofield Barracks on their way to both Pearl Harbor and Wheeler Field. Dad wrote that he saw the first bombs dropped.


As I have posted in years past, December 7th involved more than just the attack on Pearl Harbor! My Dad spent many years researching the Japanese attacks in the Pacific on December 7th, 1941. Below is the result of my Dad's research. 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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Incidently, U.S. Flags should be flown at Half Staff on December 7th!!



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Dad as a young soldier in Hawaii (photo taken October 1940)



 


Dad several years later, at one of many Veterans Ceremonies



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I am honored to own a flag that was flown over the the battleship, U.S.S Arizona.


I know that this posting will not reach national attention or be within the global 24-hour news cycle. However, whoever reads this, consider these thoughts:


1. It has been 70 years since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. As strongly as we embrace the 'Never Forget' mantra of the 'bombing' of the World Trade Center, aka "9/11", it has been only a mere 10 years. Who will remember 9/11 in 70 years. Who is remembering Pearl Harbor?


2. A stunning decision was made: The national Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will disband at the end of this year, 2011. It was founded in 1958. It's end comes as a result of the continued loss of survivors. Remember, Pearl Harbor was 70 years ago. I do no believe we have even one PoliceLink member who was 'there'. Again, who is remembering Pearl Harbor?


3. Friends, ... Hawaii, (The United States of America) was bombed as a result from an air strike. New York City (The United States of America) was attacked as a result of an air strike.


4. There were souls lost in the bottom of those ships. There were souls lost in the 'downstairs' area of the WTC.


5. In 1941, we had a President who brought an immediate response against the enemy. In 2001, we had a President who brought an immediate response to the enemy.


Spend some time on the internet and look into Pearl Harbor. Many of you have visited Hawaii. Many of you have been to the memorials. If you cannot wrap your head around feeling anything regarding a place called Pearl Harbor, just think of it as bombing Hawaii.


Thank you Tim, for your thoughtful, introspective and moving post to launch this topic. I feel especially privileged that you posted your dad's notes.


My flag will be flown at Half Mast.


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I was only one year old at thetime but a friend was three.His mother drug him under a car when they were straffed while shopping at the Px. at Hickam met him years later while our fathers were stationed in D.C.I was a dependant when my father was stationed in Guam in 1952 and 1953.There were still some estimated 50 Japenese soldiers on the island who refused to give up.We would hear from time to time of civilians disappearing and later being found dead.We dependants were warned to stay out of the boonies.

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Thank you for these articles, very moving.

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Thanks for your insight, Sarge!!!


I had heard that the Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association will disband, also. Think about it.. even if someone lied to get into the Military and were a mere 15 years of age, they would be 85 now. The last Pearl Harbor Survivor living in my area was 93 when he pased away in July of this year. He and Dad were both at Schofield Barracks, 7-Dec-1941.  We are losing more and more WWII Veterans every day. If you know any Pearl Harbor Survivors, or even any WWII Veterans, talk to them. Tell them you do not forget.


To coin a phrase from Tom Brocaw, They truly are "The Greatest Generation"!!


 


My Flag will also be at Half Staff.


GOD Bless America!!!


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Gone but not forgotten. Your sacrifices will be remembered always!!! 


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 My wife's step-dad is 91. He was on his way to Pearl Harbor when the attacks happened. 


I will not forget what happened at Pearl Harbor or 9/11. 


Thank you to all those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.


May GOD BLESS YOU ALL...


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I had the honor of meeting Pearl Harbor survivor Al Gaskell in March of 2008 at the groud breaking of the Veterans Memorial in Warren OH. He is only 1 of 2 Pearl Harbor survivors in the Mahoning Valley area and I am glad that I meet him.

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2 of my uncles were in the Pacific Theater, my dad and 3 other uncles as well as my father in law were in the European Theater. We don't forget.


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My father was not at Pearl Harbor but he was sent to the European theater shortly after.  He spent the next two years there fighting for our Country.  My father passed in March of last year, but his service along with all of the others during this time will never be forgotten.

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Salute to the survivors and their families and to those who are buried there for their gallant defense of America


The last numbers I heard is we are loosing 2,500 WWII Vets a day.  Our Korean War vets are in their 70's and early 80's and the Vietnam vets are are in their 60's and 70's, just a reminder that time moves on and the faces may change, but the names are the same. It's our duty to educate the younger generations to never forget. 

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Map of Battleship Row after the attack.......



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Patriotism; The love of ones country, loyalty to ones country.  Just in case any one did not know the defination from Webster's. 


Thank you 36TR and the Sarge for being out there on you sleeve.  That's a Patriort !!!  God Bless you !!  Where do you think we would be today if the people had not made a stand.  Let us know that you understand make this a statement from the Law Enforcement Community. We are citizens of the GREATEST nation in the world.  (This is for you dad!!)

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Messages from CINPAC (Commander in Chief - U.S. Pacific Command) and OPNAV (Operational Navy; aka Office of the Chief of Naval Operations)


(Unpublished Photo Courtesy of LIFE.com)



CINCPAC: "Your conduct and action have been splendid. We took a blow yesterday (Sunday). It will not be a short war.We will give many heavy blows to the 'Japanese'. CARRY ON"    (Keep Smiling)


OPNAV: "While you have suffered from a treacherous attack, your Commander in Chief has informed me that your courage and stamina remain magnificent. You know you will have your Revenge. Recruiting Stations are jammed with men eager to join you." OPNAV


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Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Field: 7-December-1941



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Captured film from a Japanese Airplane. Photo taken during the attack on Pearl Harbor.



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Pearl Harbor Casualties and Damages; 7-December-1941:

 
(Info Courtesy of The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association - 2011)


Personnel:


US Army: 218 Killed; 364 Wounded (Total 582)

US Navy: 2008 Killed; 710 Wounded (Total 2718)

US Marines: 109 Killed; 69 Wounded (Total 178)

Military Total: 2335 Killed; 1143 Wounded (3478 Total Military)


+ Civilians: 68 Killed; 35 Wounded (Total 103)


GRAND TOTAL: 2403 Killed; 1178 Wounded (3581 Total People)


Damaged/Lost Ships (18)


9 Battleships
3 Cruisers

3 Destroyers

1 Mine Layer

1 Seaplane tender

1 Repair Ship


Aircraft (347)

US Army: 96 Destroyed; 128 Damaged (Total 224)

US Navy: 92 Destroyed; 31 Damaged (Total 123)


 


Japanese Task Force:


6 Carriers

1 Light Cruiser

2 Heavy Cruisers

2 Battleships

9 Destroyers

3 Submarines

8 Tankers


PLUS:


1 Freighter at Takan Bay (Rendezvous Point)

28 Submarines in Pacific (watching US Fleet Movement). 5 of these Submarines were at Pearl Harbor and carried Midget Subs which were launched to join the attack.


353 Airplanes were used by the Japanes in the Attack. 79 Additional Planes were in Reserve and used for Air Patrol.


1st Wave (0755 hrs) Consisted of 183 Planes:
40 Torpedo Bombers

49 High Level Bombers

51 Dive Bombers

43 Fighters


2nd Wave (0845) Consisted of 170 Planes:

130 Bombers

40 Fighters


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Although the 7th is officially over,as of approx. three hours ago I believe none of us will forget the brave ,young men and yes women,who  contributed to our liberty.We also owe a great deal of thanks to "Tim"--36TR,our brother who provided the important data,info for our use.Unfortunately it won't be long before they,our w.w.2 heros ,are all gone.I wish to take this opportunity to personally thank all of our fathers,mothers,grandfathers and grandmothers who sacraficed so that we may still enjoy the awesome site of "Old Glory" stll flying proudly....Dave

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Although the 7th is officially over,as of approx. three hours ago I believe none of us will forget the brave ,young men and yes women,who  contributed to our liberty.We also owe a great deal of thanks to "Tim"--36TR,our brother who provided the important data,info for our use.Unfortunately it won't be long before they,our w.w.2 heros ,are all gone.I wish to take this opportunity to personally thank all of our fathers,mothers,grandfathers and grandmothers who sacraficed so that we may still enjoy the awesome site of "Old Glory" stll flying proudly....Dave



Dave, I guess you could say I'm following in my Father's footsteps in keeping these events alive as much as I can.  Thanks for the compliment.


And BUMP the rest of Dave's post!!! THANK YOU to ALL of our Veterans for giving us our Freedoms!!!


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2. A stunning decision was made: The national Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will disband at the end of this year, 2011. It was founded in 1958. It's end comes as a result of the continued loss of survivors. Remember, Pearl Harbor was 70 years ago. I do no believe we have even one PoliceLink member who was 'there'. Again, who is remembering Pearl Harbor?


 


This breaks my heart - My grandfather at almost 96 - a POW and one of the last remaining WWII survivors ( USAF - Pacific Arena, Ret LT. Col) in our area still cries and salutes when he sees these "boys" laid to rest at an alarming rate.  Thanks to all our Veteran's out there!


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A couple of years ago, I danced with an elderly gentleman at the Veteran's Day BBQ nearby.  Navy.  91 years old, as I recall.  He was a survivor of Pearl Harbor.  A strong lead.  Lots of fun.


It makes me very sad to know we are losing so many voices who went through that day.  Not too long ago, I heard Army Nurse Corps nurses interviewed about their experiences after the attack.   I've been looking for a good article to transcribe.


Found one in The North County Times, an interview in Fallbrook, CA with Harriet Moore Holmes, about her experiences with fellow Army Corps Nurses when she served at age 22 in Tripler Hospital just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.


U.S. Army Nurse Corps 2nd Lt. Harriet Moore recalls:


"Tripler General took the brunt of burn victims and those needing surgery.  Nurses at Schofield Hospital and Hickam Field, as at Triper, all faced supply shortages.  The attack lasted until 9:45 a.m.  


"My first three patients suffered burns over most of their bodies and shortly died," Holmes said.  "When I tried to swab ones with alcohol for an IV, his entire forearm skin came off.  As I recall, my next three patients survived."


Sometime during the day, her roomate found out her fiance, a B-17 pilot, had gotten his plain airborne but was shot down and killed during the attack.  


"She was very shook up when she found out he was killed, but she kept right on working," Holmes said.


The calm response and skill of the nurses contributed to low post-injury mortality rates during the war, and 1,619 medals, citations and commendations were awarded according to an Army Nurse Corps web site.


The Corps, which listed fewer than 1,000 nurses on Dec. 7, 1941, had 12,000 women in uniform six months later.  


Blackout


In the weeks after the attack and declaration of war by the United States against Germany and Japan, the hospital staff worked in nearly complete darkness at night.  In fear of another attack, black curtains were hung over windows at night and the lights were kept low.  Corpsmen held flashlights so the nurses could work on patients, Holms said.


"Sometimes we even had to hold blue paper over the lights, and it was hard to work with light like that.  But we got used to it," she said.


A nearby theater became a makeshift morgue.  Holmes recalled a military policeman who heard moaning from inside and discovered a man thought dead was still alive.


"The man recovered and I don't think he ever knew he was found in a morgue," she said.


     


Wiki lists one of our beloved veterans without naming her, only "WWII Army Nurse Veteran of the Battle of the Bulge."  The photo was taken during an honoring ceremony with 21 gun salute.  Does anyone know her name?