War a very sad part of our species. Hats off and hoping the best of the best, to the ones that have fought for the good
Isn't it amazing that so few people know what today is.... or probably even care? Guess after 50 years, most that were there are not here anymore and those that weren't born until years later don't understand the significance of the day.
Thanks to all veterans who cared enough to give of their time and some to give their lives so we can be free. We should never forget their sacrifices.
Today.. N Dday.. pass with not much fanfare...
The photo is of the late David Thatcher. He's holding a watercolor of the Ruptured Duck, the B-25 he crewed with Colonel Doolittle in 1942. It was my honor to present the painting. I'm also responsible for the poor quality photo. My first photo using a cell phone
Apart from the disaster, Pearl Harbor was something of a relief to Churchill because he knew that now the U.S. was in all the way and Britain wouldn't be stuck out there all alone on the edge of Europe. Of course, who was to know that very soon two major British warships - the Prince of Wales and the Repulse - would be sunk by Japanese air power?
Just like the war in Europe, the beginning phases of the Pacific war were marked by blunders on the Allied side. Overconfidence and lack of preparedness cost many a good life.
Strangely enough, the last Japanese warship to be sent to the bottom in WWII was sunk by a Canadian flying an American aircraft (Corsair) from a British aircraft carrier. He was killed in the action.
I’m in my mid 30’s, and it is and has been an important day for me for a long time. Both grandfathers, and great uncles were WWII vets, all serving in the pacific theater. Our next door neighbor was a B-24 pilot shot down and who spent several years in a Japanese prison camp. My generation grew up with plenty of these men who engrained in us the meaning of sacrifice and devotion to country....all is not lost. Every Dec. 7th, us kids in the breakroom at the railyard discuss among each other what happened at Pearl Harbor and why. We care, and we recognize, and we “remember” because of the great ones. Now for the generation behind me....yeah....video games.
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