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Old Dec 7 2021, 11:55 AM   #1
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About an hour from now, is the time Japan bombed Pearl Harbor!!
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Old Dec 7 2021, 08:43 PM   #2
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My Grandfather had a family and served on the home front, he was too old, but he and his kin, made the wooden blanks that become the gun stocks during the war. My dad was born a few days before its Anniversary in '44, he was drafted during a different war, a uncle whopassed away served in Korean dad was in the the one after that.

I think my Uncle my mom half-brother served durring that time too or around it, I was young before my time.

Sorry for thrambling here, my mind is not stayon topic for long,
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One time, ( in the 80s) my parents went to Hawaii and visited the Arizona memorial (among other activities). After they returned, mom told me, "To this day, the Arizona is still bleeding (leaking oil)."
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I was just reading that Edgar Rice Burroughs was there on Oahu that day. He and his son ended up serving guard duty for several days. ERB went on to be a war correspondant and his son joined and was a war chronicler.

I had two family members in active service. One in the Army Air Corp. He crewed a B-18 which sank a German U-boat off the coast of Panama and then went on serve on the B-29. His plane/crew completed one bombing mission before their plane was lost over the Himalayas. He is MIA. The other, his cousin, was a foot soldier in the Pacific theater and participated in the Island Hopping campaign until he was injured and sent home. He was unable to have children. My grandfather was of age, but had been shot in the head prior and was ineligible due to the metal plate in his head.
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I just finished a book and they said something like 600 planes and crews were lost during the war flying through/over the Himalayas.
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My father served on the aircraft carrier Yorktown until it was sunk.

I have always thought it to be somewhat ironic that the 3 carriers in the Yorktown class were Yorktown, Enterprise, and Hornet, but the Enterprise name was chosen by Gene Roddenberry for Star Trek. Probably because she was the only one of the three to survive the war and was the most decorated carrier of WWII.

Yorktown was affectionately known as "The Grey Lady". My dad once told me he was in every major battle of the South Pacific except Guadalcanal (The Lady had been sunk by then). Yorktown had been bombed and torpedoed in the Battle of Midway, June 4th and 5th, 1942. She was first abandoned on June 5, when she had lost power and was listing at 26 degrees. She was left to drift out of control. But she remained afloat overnight and was re-boarded the morning of 6 June in an effort to save her. By about 3:30 that afternoon (actually 15:36) they had managed to reduce the list by about 2 degrees, but she was discovered by a Japanese submarine and hit with 2 more torpedoes. She still floated through the night of June 6 and the morning of June 7, but she finally succumbed to the damage and rolled over onto her port side. At 7:01 hours she rolled upside-down and sank stern first in 3,000 fathoms of water with her battle flags still flying. To most who witnessed the sinking, the Yorktown went quietly and with enormous dignity- "like the great lady she was," as one of them put it.
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One time, ( in the 80s) my parents went to Hawaii and visited the Arizona memorial (among other activities). After they returned, mom told me, "To this day, the Arizona is still bleeding (leaking oil)."
A USA Flag at Full then half staff, here in WI. HHeard about that on my
local News hhere in WI, and early on via DNA three brothers were broght home from the Unknown in Washington DC, they died during that time,, but it tnewer technology to bring them home,PBS NOVA has a bit about that, too,

Sorry my ability to shared links is still not ttthere. that Flew over that place, Flew
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