A Date Which Will Live in Infamy — the Attack on Pearl Harbor Revisited

Big Red Car here in a somber mood.  This post was first made last year on Pearl Harbor Day and I cannot improve upon it.  So here it is again.

This is how World War II started for the Americans.  The English and French had been fighting the Germans for some time now.

It was a devastating attack and almost destroyed the entire American Pacific Fleet.  But the Japanese failed to send in another wave (or two) and failed to destroy the fuel dump on Ford Island, the submarines and the aircraft carriers at sea.  The Japanese then turned tail and ran back to Japan.

In the horror and suspended belief of it all, the American Nation came together.  The American Tiger was awoken.  Slow to anger but fierce in battle when aroused.  America quickly replaced its Pacific Fleet and took the fight to the Japanese at Guadalcanal on the long road to victory.

America’s industrial might was expanded and the Arsenal of Democracy provided the manpower and the weapons to defeat the Japanese and the Germans.  Good triumphed over evil.  The flickering lights of freedom were returned to their full throated glory.

Less than four years later, the Americans would have their final revenge when the Japanese surrendered unconditionally in Tokyo harbor on the deck of Admiral of the Fleet Halsey’s flagship, the USS Missouri.

This is how wars are supposed to end with America’s enemies vanquished.  We Americans must never forget our history and when we were and continue to be the world’s best hope of freedom.  God bless America and may He always keep her strong!

The Attack

 

Declaration of War

 

Surrender Ceremony

Every man, woman and child in the United States should review these films once a year on Pearl Harbor Day and honor the sacrifice of our fathers to preserve and protect our Nation.  Thank you and Godspeed.

Be kind to a Veteran on this day.

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