Pearl Harbor….Not forgotten, even though the libs wish it to be….

Today, is the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the day that brought the United States into World War II. Sadly, like 9/11, the left leaning side of this country has been trying for years to make us forget. But, even though we do not hear of it in the new anymore. Even though the papers don’t mention it anymore, we are still remembering what happened that day and the many Americans that were slaughtered by the Japanese on their surprise attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor that sunny Sunday, 68 years ago today. So, here is a little history, for those of you who may have forgotten, the original day of infamy. They day that brought the United States into the Second world war. this article is from USA Today, on December 7th, 2001:

PEARL HARBOR — Harold O’Connor, 88, was a Navy Fireman First Class on the USS Thornton, a destroyer seaplane tender, in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked.

“All the torpedo planes were coming right off our fantail,” O’Connor recalls. “I watched the West Virginia go up from two torpedoes that were dropped. All hell was breaking loose. I saw the bombs that hit the Arizona.”

That’s just one of O’Connor’s World War II stories from the Pacific. The Hawaii man was again on the Thornton in 1942 taking Marines to Palmyra Atoll, when the ship ran aground on New Year’s Eve. There he saw two torpedoes streaming toward where he stood.

“I said, ‘Goodbye world,’ and I hit the deck,” O’Connor said. “Nothing happened. I got up, and here come two more torpedoes. They came right under where I was standing.”

O’Connor’s recollections go beyond Japan’s 1941 attack on Oahu and so will the new $58 million Pearl Harbor center under construction for the USS Arizona Memorial here, says Daniel Martinez, chief historian for the emerging World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

President George W. Bush set that change in motion last year when he proclaimed the Arizona Memorial and visitor center part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, which includes nine sites: five in Hawaii, three in Alaska, and one in California at the Tule Lake Segregation Center, which was where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II.

The challenge for the National Park Service, which runs the Arizona Memorial, is to expand its exhibits to incorporate the new Pacific mandate, Martinez says.

“We’re at the beginning of trying to interpret how we’re going to carry this out,” Martinez said. “There are other ways to communicate this story besides traditional exhibits, so we’re looking at ways to do it on the Web, we’re looking at ways to do it through interpretive programs, we’re looking at ways to do it through education.”

A visitor center had been planned long before Bush’s announcement. The existing facility, which was built in 1980, was sinking. It was too small to accommodate the more than 1.3 million people who visit the state’s No. 1 tourist attraction each year.

Visitors who arrive today at the center for the boat ride to Kilo pier on the Pearl Harbor Navy base — where a commemoration ceremony will be held —will be greeted by a circuitous path of 12-foot chain-link fences covered in black fabric batting, a construction barrier separating older buildings still in use at the visitor center from their new replacements.

The new facility will occupy 24,000 square feet and have nearly double the current museum exhibition space, according to the Arizona Memorial Museum Association. The campuslike design spreads new buildings and shaded walkways over a much larger area than before.

“You feel kind of confined here,” said visitor Shannon Howland, 50, of Seattle, who was waiting last week in the visitor center courtyard for the movie and boat trip to the memorial. “The more open they make it, the better it will be — just for the flow of people on a busy day.”

Construction began about a year ago, and the first phase, which includes an education center, restrooms, a bookstore and snack shop, is scheduled to open around Feb. 16, project director Tom Fake said.

The exhibits Road to War, Oahu 1941, and Attack and Aftermath will be part of the second phase, which is to be completed by Dec. 7, 2010.

The “attack” gallery will have an 18-foot mural depicting Battleship Row off Ford Island on Dec. 7, 1941. A one-third scale model of a banking Japanese torpedo plane will be hung overhead, and the roar of passing enemy planes will be heard in the exhibit, Martinez said.

An anti-aircraft gun that came off the sunken USS Utah, a 5-foot-by-9-foot riveted slab of the USS Arizona’s superstructure, and an oscilloscope showing the radar picture before the attack, also are included in the exhibit plan, he said.

Today’s events for the expected 2,000 people in attendance, will include a moment of silence, a “missing man” flyover, wreath presentations, featured speakers, a rifle salute and taps. The 7:55 a.m. attack killed 2,390 people.

It’s funny how, some of the survivors of this horrific attack on this country are still alive, and yet, you do not hear of anyone talking of this event of our past anymore. We have to remember this. It is like I have said many times before, and I will say it again. Forget your past, and you are doomed to repeat it. And my fellow Americans, we are forgetting. And we cannot afford to do that. Just like we cannot afford to let Obama get his way. America is too great for this.

God Bless America, her troops and her people
God Bless my readers, my listeners on BTR and my viewers on You Tube….


About Robert P. Garding

I am a Reagan Conservative, who is very alarmed at the Liberals who have just lost their majority over our government, but continue to act like it never happened. They have to be stopped. NOW or even sooner.
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3 Responses to Pearl Harbor….Not forgotten, even though the libs wish it to be….

  1. Edisto Joe says:

    Yesterday I posted on this topic. I relayed how the attack effected my family and has stayed with us through the years. It truly was a hard Christmas for many that year as well as for years to come. With an all volunteer military and the way we fight today it is so unlike anything seen in WWI or WWII when a nation put its entire industrial and civilian might behind defeating the foe.
    reply from Robert: Well said my friend.

  2. Seane-Anna says:

    I found it interesting that when Obama was in Japan a couple of weeks ago he said he was willing to visit Hiroshima but didn’t suggest that the Japanese prime minister should first visit Pearl Harbor, something no Japanese prime minister has ever done. Not only is our history being forgotten, it’s being rewritten. An attack on America is insignificant, but our response to that attack is made out to be a crime we, as a nation, should be forever ashamed of. We are living in Orwellian times, my friend.

    reply from Robert: You are so right. Where is the justice for America when it comes to what has been done to us? When it comes to this administration, there is none because none is deserved. We were wrong therefore we were attacked. That is how the left and Obama see’s this whole thing. And for that reason alone,*treason* they need to be replaced with someone who will be proud of this country, and not be afraid to stand up for her in times of need. Obama and his administration are nothing but America hating cowards. Plain and simple.

  3. familyforest says:

    You are so right. I get so tired of all the talk about us Americans always having to be politically correct. Even when it comes to the attacks here on our soil on 9/11
    and 12/7/1941 at Pearl Harbor.
    Honor our Veterans and proudly fly the American Flag today the 69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor!
    Journey Back to Pearl Harbor:
    reply from Robert: I didn’t get on the computer yesterday in remembrance to that, so thanks for the link, will use it in a Pearl Harbor Remember post later today.

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