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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Never Forget

54 years ago this morning, as my great Uncle Fred was returning aboard the USS Portland on a darkened flotilla en-route from Midway and two days out of Pearl Harbor, the little nip bastards struck.

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Here is a picture of the Portland he painted.
It is actually the front plate on his car.
He spent nearly the entire war serving aboard the Portland.

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Early in the morning of December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy issued a surprise attack on almost the entire the US Pacific Fleet while it lay in dock at Pearl Harbor.

At 6:00 a.m. an initial wave of 181 planes - including torpedo bombers, dive-bombers, horizontal bombers and fighters and kamikazi's - launched from six Japanese carriers. They arrived at Pearl Harbor nearly two hours later and their surprise attach was so overwhelmingly devastating that a significant portion of the U.S. Fleet was destroyed.

Had it occurred today, the moon bats on the left would have demanded the impeachment of Roosevelt and urged Peace and "No Blood For Revenge." Our women would have been turned into sexual slaves to the Japanese and the men who were allowed to survive would continue to be brutalized, tortured, and worked to death as the Imperial Japanese Army engaged in an orgy of rape, murder, theft, and arson.. Luckily though, America was a strong and mighty place in 1941 with a general population, a media, and most importantly politicians that possessed significantly more character and clarity of vision than we do today. Rather than scream for passive resistance or hear the delusions of a traitor - who was nominated to be president - calling our soldiers terrorists, the nation came together and focused on winning the war however long it took and at whatever cost (even if it meant declaring war on Nazi Germany, a regime that brutally murdered millions of innocent people but had not declared war or attacked the United States).

Let Us Never Forget
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