Never Forget Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Ago Today

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Battleship USS West Virginia sunk and burning at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. In background is the battleship USS Tennessee.

God bless our military. There is no amount of gratitude that could be enough.

On December 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor suffered a sneak attack by the Japanese. Pearl Harbor was home of the US Pacific fleet and the largest concentration of U.S. forces in the Pacific.

They almost succeeded in wiping out out fleet.

The day after the attack, President Roosevelt declared war describing the attack as “a date which will live in infamy.” Germany then turned around and declared war on the United States.

Roosevelt talked of the character of the enemy because he knew what the Japanese did in China in the 1930s. They raped, pillaged, it was horrific. He said clearly we will have absolute victory which is what we don’t hear from Barack Obama against the same enemy, ISIS. President Obama does not see evil for what it is.

America’s entrance into the war was welcomed by the embattled European nations.

A total of 2,403 died as a result of the attack and almost two-thirds died within 15 minutes of the bombing of the battleships Oklahoma, Utah and Arizona: US Navy – 2,008, USMC – 109, US Army – 218, Civilians – 68.

We could have lost our entire fleet, but the U.S. carriers were not at Pearl Harbor. On 28 November, Admiral Kimmel sent USS Enterprise to deliver Marine Corps fighter planes to Wake Island. On December 7 the task force was on its way back to Pearl Harbor. On 5 December, Admiral Kimmel sent the USS Lexington to deliver 25 scout bombers to Midway Island. The last Pacific carrier, USS Saratoga, had left Pearl Harbor for upkeep and repairs on the West Coast.

The USS Arizona battleship took a direct hit from a Japanese torpedo dropped from a plane, which caused the ship to explode in a massive inferno which killed many of her crew in just a few seconds.

The USS Arizona sits at the bottom of Pearl Harbor with the 1,177 souls who died seventy years ago.

The ship is the site of a memorial. When you visit the memorial, you are asked to remain respectful and silent, which is something that no one needs to be told once in this solemn environment.

To this day, bubbles from the ship continually appear on the water surface above the Arizona, providing visitors with a haunting, moving image that brings history into the present day.

The bond formed among these men on the ship was so strong that many survivors have chosen to be cremated all these years later, having their ashes scattered at the site. Still others have their ashes placed in an urn and taken down to the ship by Navy divers.

Pearl Harbor, Rare Color Film

 

Did FDR know the Japanese would attack Pearl Harbor? No matter what you think of Dick Morris, the following video he produced is very interesting:

This World War II veteran today doesn’t like the “liberal stuff that is going on now.” The Fox News host quickly ended the conversation.

As usual, Obama commemorated the day with a photo of himself.