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Old 12-07-2008, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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My Dad told me about that day. He was home when the news came over the radio. He and Mom knew right then that their lives were changed. Working class folks and children of the depression, they had managed to buy a nice house and had lived there happily for a couple of years. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, the house was sold and Dad had been drafted. Mom lived in a tiny apartment and worked for the US Army in Washington DC. Dad went to Europe and "worked for" General Omar Bradley starting at Utah beach and finishing his time up in Paris. In Quartermaster, he had to stay extra long after the surrender in Berlin, as part of the effort to feed the devastated population in Europe.

Remembering Pearl Harbor @ nationalgeographic.com
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Old 12-07-2008, 12:53 PM
 
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My flag is flying today in rememberance of what a generastion did for this country.God bless them.
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Old 12-07-2008, 01:34 PM
 
Location: St. Joseph Area
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I was thinking about it today too. That day did change America forever. Has anyone seen Roosevelt's speech before congress? It's pretty amazing.
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Old 12-07-2008, 01:38 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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"....a day that will live in enfamy"

My daddy has taught me about WWII since childhood, and I'll always remember.
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Charlotte area, NC
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Don't forget this tragedy either: OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS BY THE SURVIVORS OF THE USS LIBERTY « USS LIBERTY (http://ussliberty.wordpress.com/2007/12/26/open-letter-to-the-united-states-congress-by-the-survivors-of-the-uss-liberty/ - broken link)
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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"Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date that will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."

President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a joint session of Congress. Perhaps the most often quoted and instantly recognized speech in US history. The events of the day are still vivid in the minds of many Americans, not only the few surviving veterans of that horrible day, but in many others both young and old.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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I like to tell people...."I was at Pearl Harbor."

Of course I omit the part about how this was 1981 and I was a tourist.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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There was a great documentary on the History Channel about the first 24 hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor. I learned a lot that about what happened and what the president went through after he found out about the attack.

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Old 12-07-2012, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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I like to tell people...."I was at Pearl Harbor."

Of course I omit the part about how this was 1981 and I was a tourist.
I was alive on that day, although as just a very young child have no direct memory of the event. Later on, during my active service in the US Navy, and which continues to this day, I felt a kinship and a bond to those that died that day, and feel that they were my shipmates even though I never knew them. My visit to the Arizona Memorial was an emotional experience. To this day, whenever a US Navy vessel enters or leaves Pearl Harbor they render honors when passing the final resting place of the USS Arizona and the 1177 men that died there.
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