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Tomorrow will mark the 72nd 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.


For you, Dad!! R.I.P!! 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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(as I have posted every 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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Sadly, as TheSarge posted a few years ago, 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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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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Map of Pearl Harbor (Battleship Row) after the attack.....



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(photo courtesy of CNN.com)


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on another sad note this years remberance  day for Pearl Harbor there will be no survivor in Warren Ohio this year


 

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a date which shall live in INFAMY. lest we never forget.  This date not only signifies the tremendous loss of american life but the entrance in a WORLD WAR and a change in life as they knew it at the time. World war 2 brought on many changes in how the world fought wars.  The inhumanity, barbarism, the bombings of civilian populations, the holocaust, the introduction of Nuclear weapons, the mass slaughter of Prisoners of War,  yes indeed, a date which shall live in INFAMY.

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Godspeed Warriors


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Thank you, 36TR, for this fine tribute to the servicemen and servicewomen of Pearl Harbor, those who sacrificed their lives there and those who lived to tell the story, to go on and serve the United States in WW2.


Thank you, Veterans, for your role in WW2 to protect our Liberty and way of life from the menace of the Axis powers.


 

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MarlyB,


  I respect and agree with how you have given thanks to our veterans of our country.  I do have one comment I would ike to add:  There are many times that we move through our lives, and we do not recognize the sacrifice that occurred before we even existed.  I feel that many of our citizens in the US carry on with their lives holding expectation and speaking entitlement; yet ones 'like them' have never suffered as those of the past that have made the ultimate sacrifice.  I feel that our society is beginning to suffer in a different way, since we have not had so suffer as did the honorable men & women of WWII.


  Sometimes I am not clear with my words.  I hope this makes sense.


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