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USS Arizona

There is no Alternate History this year, just straight up remembrance.  76 years ago the world changed (for the better I would say).  It was a major event, and even now people are second guessing the circumstances that eventually led up to it.  But I have this much to say.  Don’t judge the past on the knowledge and morals of the present.  That should be remembered by everyone.  A great tragedy happened early that Sunday morning.  A great many lives were lost, and a great many more had their destinies forever changed.  Read up on it, remember it.

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Remember, Remember

The 7th of December

When the Japs secured their fate

The years numbered four

But we evened the score

And it was surely worth the wait

That’s a good version of the The fifth of November poem.  Sure there are more lines that I’m not adding to, but honestly, who else remembers anything except the ones I’ve got above?  Stop lying.

Any Hootie and the Blowfish, I am as close to Pearl Harbor as I have ever been on Pearl Harbor Remembrance day.  Would you look at that.

Take a moment to reflect on the massive amounts of history that were effected today.  And remember, we’re the greatest.

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Attack on Pearl Harbor

Another year has gone by, another few gallons of oil have seeped out of The Arizona, but still, time marches on, and still we remember.  The people effected might no longer be with us, but the memories of them, are still.  And the actions, both directly, and indirectly, changed the course of history.  All of us alive now owe it to the Japs for making that poor decision 74 years ago.  Remember that.

But also, remember the thousands of soldiers killed in the attack that changed the world.

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Alternate History Thursday: Pearl Harbor

Did you honestly think that I would forget this day?  Honestly?  Come on now, don’t be silly.

USS West Virginia
USS West Virginia

There’s not much to say regarding this event in our alternate timeline.  Well, there is one major difference, the attack wasn’t on America, it was by America, on the peaceful nation of New Zealand.  New Zealand, being allied with Australia, which in turn was allied with Great Britain, was a dangerous staging post in the Pacific.  You may remember that Britain was determined on world domination, but the world had had enough.  Hitler in Europe, and FDR in America decided to team up against Britain.

Britain wasn’t convinced that America could harm them, afterall, they were surrounded by oceans, but the Communistic American Military was no match for the puny Pacific ocean. They paved the way across the ocean finally landing on New Zealand, and decimated the British outposts there.  Unlike our present reality, in this alternate one, the attacked doesn’t turn around and claim victory a few years later, they stay down.

But, that’s all in another timeline, in this timeline, thousands of Free Americans died on this unprovoked attack by the Empire of Japan.  Remember them, remember the day, let’s make sure it never happens again.

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Pearl Harbor…

Today is one of 2 guaranteed days to get a post, the other being April 20th.  Over the years I’ve done many different themes, this year I’m going to keep it simple.  I’ve told you the history of events, and the alternate history of events.  No need for that, let’s keep it simple.

Remember that ship that’s resting at the bottom of the sea, and the countless men who died on that day.

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Yesterday, December 7, 1941

Listen to this, or read it, whatever you want:

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives: Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces—with the unbounding determination of our people—we will gain the inevitable triumph—so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

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The Day of Infamy

The world was changed forever 70 years ago.  I’ve written before on the drastic changes to the world had that event not have happened.  I’ve also never finished that story, oh well, maybe I’ll continue on.

This unprovoked attack rocketed American support of World War II, and jump started the American economy.  Never before, (and so far never again), has the nation been so fully united.  Everything was diverted towards the war effort.  Everything was diverted towards defeating the Japs & Nazis.  Everything.

This is not new information to me in any sense, but to alot of other people it might be enlightening, but this recent xkcd comic shows just how much America contributed to the war effort.  4 trillion dollars.  Trillion with a T.  And this was money we were happy to spend.  If I were alive, I’d gladly pay all my taxes better the war effort.

But I digress, this post is about history and sacrifice, not money and politics.

Pearl Harbor was an important day, not just in American History, but rightly so in world history.  It is a day of Infamy, it is a day to be remembered, it is a day that changed the world.  Take time out of your busy life and remember those who fought on this day and in the following 4 years.  Those who gave their lives to make the world a better place

We didn’t start the fight, and we wanted to mind our own business and stay out of it, but when we got forcibly thrown into the ring, we stuck to the end, and won.  Total and complete victory.  The world was a better place.

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Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941, a day that should be remembered far more then it currently is, now adays.  Youngsters have little regard for WWII except in an overload of great to horrible video games set in that era (because let’s face it, killin’ Nazis’ will never get old).  Take some time out of your day to reflect on the gravity of the event.  And remember the USS Arizona.

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Exactly 67 years ago to the hour the Japanese launched their surprise attack on the United States Naval base at Pearl Harbor Hawaii.  This attack launched the nation into World War II, and changed the course of the world.

The USS West Virginia explodes after being hit.

The explosion and sinking of the USS Arizona, which alone cost over 1,100 lives.  The Arizona has been left at the bottom as a memorials to the lives lost and the entire attack.  This is what it looks like now:


Here is the famous speech made by FDR the next day (right click to save, OOG).

The Attacks on Pearl Harbor were the starting point for America’s entrance in the War, and the turning point for the nation as a whole.  All in all, 3 cruisers, 2 destroyers, and 4 battleships were sunk or damaged.  2,400 people killed, and 1,200 wounded.  Had things gone differently, particularly, had any carriers been left in port, the War would have gone very, very differently.

Remember this day, as so few people in today’s world do, for it is one of the 5 most important days of the last century.

Images and speech from Wikipedia.