Saturday, December 7, 2013

December 7, 1941
A Day of Infamy

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Why isn't this anniversary splashed all across the news? This was a major event as it brought us smack into WWII, a war we had been reluctant to get involved in. It should be remembered and described in our national media for posterity.
Our WWII veterans are dying off. My Dad who had the bad luck to win the draft lottery in early 1941, told me all about his experience on that day. He was on a train traveling, care of U Sam, across the country that Sunday morning. He could not believe his eyes. People were up early and moving about. He did not know why and when he found out, he was just as surprised as all other Americans.
Of course his army life changes dramatically after that day. He was no longer serving in peacetime but in war. His life was scripted by the US Army for the next 4 and 1/2 years. Little did he know that he would serve in the Pacific theater for most of those years.

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