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This Friday will mark the 71st Anniversary of the attacks by the Imperial Fleet of Japan on the Pacific Islands, the morning of December 7, 1941. These attacks include the Naval Bases of Pearl Harbor, Military Airfields at Wheeler Field/Hickam Airfield and Schofield Army Barracks, Hawaii.


Join me in Remembering those Killed, Injured and Affected by these unwarranted attacks. Take a moment, say a Prayer in their Honor and just remember what they sacrificed. If you know ANY Member of the US Military that served in WWII, escpecially those that were stationed near the attacks, PLEASE - TAKE A MOMENT OUT OF YOUR DAY TO STOP AND THANK THEM!! It will only be a matter of a few years before we lose all of our World War II Veterans. 


Fly your American Flag at Half Staff (Sunrise to Sunset) proudly at your Home or Office. If you have a fixed Flag, a black streamer attached to the Flag Staff is appropriate.


 


R.I.P., Dad!! Love You!!


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**My Annual December 7th Post:


 


 


DAY OF INFAMY!!!




 


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. After Dad's death, I 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 3:30am 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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Will definately do this my friend.Never miss doing so.Was alive at the time.My father was skipper of a destroyer in the Pacafic Theater,at the time.My family is also of Hawaiian decent(partly) and will never forget.

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In the event you have never heard it, you should consider listening to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech regarding the attack:


youtube.com/watch?v=CrVI6ENDL8Y


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(as I posted last year):



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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(photo courtesy of CNN.com)


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Sadly, as TheSarge posted last year, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association disbanded on December 31, 2011. This was an Organization (founded in 1958) recognized by Congress and was made up of Veterans (both Military and Non-Military) that were present in Hawaii on December 7th, 1941. My Dad was a proud member!


To quote PHSA National President Bill Muehleib:  "With most members in their 90s, the national Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will disband on Dec. 31, 2011. Members will still be encouraged to take part in commemorations and ceremonies and to meet socially, but the official association will shut down at the end of the year. We’re recognized by Congress and we’ve advised Congress of our intention to disband," he said in a telephone interview. "It’s just a matter of age and health with so many of our members and we want people to make the best use of the time they have left."


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 Your Dad and all those who served in WWII deserve the undieing thanks of the American public. Thanks to all of them for preserving the freedom we hold so dear.

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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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Thanks for the thread Tim.We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our heros.Brought the country together.Even the Hollywood types joined the service rather than "bad Mouth" our country as they have for years.-I docked in Pearl en route to Guam in Jan."52" and again en route back to the states in Jan "53".Hawaii was not yet a state then and the Arizona monument had not been constructed yet.Would love to return to the home of my ancestors just to throw a lei in the water,by the Arizona,to honor our service people.

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Tim. Thanks for posting. I also want to thank you for your military service as I have the highest regards for all our military personnel. I appreciate the service of your father. I would like to add a tribute as my father was a Marine who fought in Saipan in WWII. He was awarded two Purple Hearts. He passed on December 7, 1984. My son is a career soldier in the U.S. Army and turn 41 years of age on December 7th. Things happen for a reason. I love and miss you Dad. R.I.P.

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I am humbled, fellas. Wonderful and heartfelt tributes to your dads. And to the fellas and gals who were involved in Pearl as well as your son, Shet.


I might suggest to our readers to do something not usually associated with Dec 7th.


Fly your flag on Dec. 7.


People will wonder.


Then they will remember.


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Map of Pearl Harbor (Battleship Row) after the attack.....



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Thanks to all who served. My father served in the intelligence services during WW II and immediately following. He never talked about what he did, but as a runt I rummaged through his stuff (yes, shame on me) and I would find fascinating tidbits that suggested he was involved in smuggling dissidents out of enemy territory (German territory and then Communist-bloc countries after the war).


I thought I'd mention that tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the iconic blue marble image snapped by Apollo 17 as it was leaving Earth--an image that came to represent hopes for peace and a powerful statement that told us, unequivocally, that we all live on the same planet.





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Thanks for the tread Tim. Thank you to all who served.

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Thank you also for this thread Tim and all our military, past and present.

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Many thoughts crossed my mind today.


Most assuredly, those sailors and military people who died that day will not ever ever be forgotten.


I visited the Arizona Memorial many years ago.


It was a quieting event. I was also able to pick up a flag that was flown on the memorial. I keep it in a very safe place.


Later on, this topic will come to a close.


Thank you, Tim, for your dedicated partiotism. It seems we have grown close to your dad, if only by you talking about him.


You had a good dad.


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Thanks, Sarge!! Yeah, he was a Great Dad!! And the Ultimate Patriot. I could tell you stories for hours about my Dad!


Many thoughts went through my mind today, too. We are losing more and more of our WWII Veterans every day. With the end of the World War II being 67 years ago, the WWII Vets are in their 80's. Talk with these guys and gals!! Let them know they are not forgotten. Get their stories for generations to come. And above all, THANK THEM!!!


Sarge, in reference to the USS Arizona Memorial, My son said the same thing. He went to Hawaai a few years ago and visited the Memorial. His words: "It was very moving and heartbreaking!" He also had the opportunity to see the barracks his Grandfather was at on December 7th, 1941.


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Bueno, Tim.


This article was closed on 12-8-12


10-8.


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Bueno, Tim.


This article was closed on 12-8-12


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