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Today is Pearl Harbor Day
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Willy-N    Posted 12-07-2004 at 07:06:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just a reminder that a lot of Soldiers died on this day and started WWII. Mark H.

Zenia    Posted 12-07-2004 at 16:28:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I heard a very, very touching interview on the radio this morning, with a Pearl Harbor survivor. The old man's voice was a little shaky. He talked about seeing the first plane, not knowing what it was until the first explosion, and then seeing more planes and the Japanese markings on them. He and two other navy crewmen spent the entire day rescuing men from the water, while bombs were still being dropped. He talked of being covered with blood and oil, and that most of the men in the water were already dead. He said the night before in Honolulu, the military had a battle of the bands. He choked up and stopped talking for a moment, when he finally said all the band members of the winning band were killed that day.

Red Dave    Posted 12-07-2004 at 07:52:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another day we should never forget.

Something over 2,000 soldiers, sailors & airmen died that day (I don't remember the exact number).
Still a lot of controversy over that day. There was a show on the History Channel not long age that went over the conspiracy theories, both old & new. Gave a nice overview of both sides points, both conspiracy believers and non-believers.
I am one of those that don't believe there was a conspiracy, just a lot of heads-in-the-sand, wishful thinking and downright incompetence in the intelligence gathering community. Sounds like not much changed, doesn't it?

Worst movie depiction of the event- "Pearl Harbor" Just an awful movie from any historical perspective.

Best movie - "Tora, Tora, Tora" Stayed very close to the factual record with little "Hollywood" nonsense added. And the Japanese scenes were done by a Japanese director using Japanese actors and production facilities.

Best book of it I have read is "At Dawn We Slept" by Gordon Prange.
Also good is "And I Was There" by Edwin Layton.

According to a news snippet I saw last night there are more Japanese visitors to the Arizona Memorial than any other nationality, including U.S. citizens. They didn't say why. I don't know what to think about that.

At least in my opinion

Zenia    Posted 12-07-2004 at 08:59:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
My sister & her husband spent a year teaching English in Japan. I spent only three weeks there.

My sister's take is that the Japanese have a very homogenius, insular, nationalistic society. They were warriors, that managed to keep the Koreans and Chinese from ever dominating them. My sister says the Japanese have tremendous respect for the Americans, who beat them in the war.

Not to mention, Hawaii gets more Japanese tourists than tourists of any other nationality, including Americans. I have been to Oahu 6 different trips, but never made it to the Arizona. In fairness, though, I was working most of those visits, not touring.

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