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Pearl Harbor: 70 Years Ago Today

December 7, 1941; 7:55am local time.

A day which truly has lived in infamy. A day to remember those that sacrificed everything, and gave so much...and all of those that still do.

Pearl Harbor has been on my must see list since 5th grade. I really wonder what it must be like for the survivors there today. I'll bet it doesn't seem like anywhere near 70 years to those fellas.

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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — The Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor and those who lost their lives that day are being remembered Wednesday on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack that brought the U.S. into World War II.

About 120 survivors will join Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, military leaders and civilians to observe a moment of silence in Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time — the moment the attack began seven decades ago.

About 3,000 people are expected to attend the event held each year at a site overlooking the sunken USS Arizona and the white memorial that straddles the battleship.

The Pearl Harbor-based guided missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon will render honors to the Arizona and blow its whistle at the start of a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. — the same time 70 years ago the first Japanese planes began to attack.

F-22 jets flown by the Hawaii National Guard are due to soar overhead in a missing man formation to finish the moment of silence.

Mal Middlesworth, a Marine veteran who was on the USS San Francisco during the bombing, will deliver the keynote address.

President Barack Obama hailed veterans of the bombing in a statement proclaiming Wednesday "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."

"Their tenacity helped define the Greatest Generation and their valor fortified all who served during World War II. As a nation, we look to December 7, 1941, to draw strength from the example set by these patriots and to honor all who have sacrificed for our freedoms," he said.

Also this week, five ash scattering and interment ceremonies are being held for five survivors whose cremated remains are returning to Pearl Harbor after their deaths.

On Tuesday, an urn containing the ashes of Lee Soucy was placed on his battleship, the USS Utah, which is lying on its side near the place where it sank 70 years ago. The ashes of Vernon Olsen, who was on the Arizona during the attack, will be placed on his ship late Wednesday.

The U.S. lost 12 vessels that day, but the Arizona and the Utah are the only ones still sitting in the harbor. The ashes of three others are being scattered in the water in separate ceremonies this week.

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Growing up asa kid, one of my Dad's drinkin buddies who lived across the street was in PH and he always hard a hard time on this day

Sad as we were totally caught off guard as a Nation

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I was given a WWII Medal of Honor book for xmas when I was a kid...it walked through the war chronologically. The stories were amazing, some of the best remembered were from that day. Some of the things those guys did for their mates was just unbelievable...and many of them from unexpected places. Bugle players, cooks...you name it.

True bravery.

EDIT: Ha! This is it...

http://www.amazon.com/Heroes-WW-II-E...269982&sr=1-15

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A time of tough Americans who didn't shirk from doing what had to be done.

Their diligence provided us all with the USA we know today and the incredible prosperity most of us have enjoyed.


Fuck the 99% 1% argument ..... they were the 100%. .... 100% United.



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.Fuck the 99% 1% argument ..... they were the 100%. .... 100% United.



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Bingo !! - Not a bunch of whimpering spoiled brats who think the world owes them something because their Dad forgot to pull out...

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A time of tough Americans who didn't shirk from doing what had to be done.

Their diligence provided us all with the USA we know today and the incredible prosperity most of us have enjoyed.


Fuck the 99% 1% argument ..... they were the 100%. .... 100% United.



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Yep. You're talking about a group of guys that grew up in many, many cases truly poor. My Grandfather used to say that no one even knew they were poor because everyone was! He didn't know that toilet paper existed until he went to the service (see Sears Catalog history ) and used to jump the freight trains off 47th street to grab coal to heat their home. THEN, after growing up in the Depression, they went to war...where 250,000 of them gave their lives. All, with unfettered grit, determination and honor.

Truly, the greatest generation.

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Bingo !! - Not a bunch of whimpering spoiled brats who think the world owes them something because their Dad forgot to pull out...
Probably one of the truest statements ever said.

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I visited the Arizona memorial over 20 years ago. It's an experience that will be with me for the rest of my life. If you've never been, go...it will be an experience that will stick with you, too. That's all I can say except Thank you to all veterans and those serving.

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I've been back and forth to Pearl Harbor 10 times this year because we have sustainment on a system out there.

There are actually still bullet holes in the flight tower and some of the buildings out on Ford Island. There is still a strong smell of diesel oil at several of sunken ships locations. They are getting ready to close the monument that sits above the Arizona because of safety is what I heard. The historical society out there is in full swing of restoring the old flight tower to. It's surrounded by scaffolding and every time I go back they have more done.

I can tell you guys one thing though. That base is still the strong hold for us in the Pacific and for PACFLT. From the top of the dive tower location where I have some equipment you can look down on the whole base. Monday they had several destroyer ships, 4 Ohio Class subs and I think I saw a fleet balistic missile sub to because it's wider and longer. There is a lot of activity for the airforce and navy at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH), which is what it is called now.

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