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Thursday, December 07, 2006

December 7

"Sixty-five years ago, more than 2,400 Americans lost their lives in a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we think of those who died on December 7, 1941, and honor all those who sacrificed for our liberty during World War II.

"On that peaceful Sunday morning, our country suffered a vicious, unprovoked attack that changed the course of history. Though our Pacific Fleet was nearly destroyed, our citizens were inspired by the great acts of heroism from those who survived and from those who did not. In the days that followed, our grief turned to resolution, and America embarked on a mission to defeat two of the most ruthless regimes the world has ever known. We pledge to always remember the character and sacrifice of the brave individuals at Pearl Harbor. Their selfless service helped deliver a great victory for the cause of freedom and, ultimately, transformed adversaries into the closest of friends.

"After the devastating attacks on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared, "We are going to win the war and we are going to win the peace that follows." (From the White House, 12/1/06.)
National Geographic has the details on their Attack Map (hat tip to Jeff Nolan's Venture Chronicles).

Tennessee Representative Stacey Campfield posted some striking photographs on his blog site.

See also Tom Bevan'’s "Pear Harbor at 65."

To all Utahns who fought at Pearl Harbor, served in the Second World War, and to all those who sacrificed here at home to win the war and to win the peace that followed:

Thank You.


6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

U.S. military intelligence had good information that the Japanese Navy was en route to Pearl Harbor. The Japanese attack was the result of provocations orchestrated by FDR to enrage Americans sufficiently to acquire their support for U.S. involvement in World War II.

Political elites will sacrifice the lives of thousands of innocents to profit through war.

The fact that the Utah Senate Site -- and most right-wing radio media outlets that have been running tributes containing the "surprise attack at Pearl Harbor" theme -- shows their complicity with the military-industrial complex.

Just Google "Pearl Harbor" and Stinnett, who wrote the book Day of Deceit, for more about FDR's deception.

Here's one link:
http://www.disinfo.com/archive/pages/article/id1488/pg1/

12/07/2006 9:33 PM  
Blogger I am the Great Cornholio said...

Stinnett got it wrong. It was the Jews and the Freemasons that pulled off Pearl Harbor.

12/07/2006 10:21 PM  
Blogger Mark Towner said...

My Father, Mother, and my oldest brother were all at Pearl Harbor during the attack. My fathers ship was the Vestal, a fleet repair ship that had tied up to the Arizona to provide some repairs. In those days, Military crews worked on Saturday's until noon, then they were given leave. My parents lived in military housing a few miles from the base. My dad was an officer and did not have duty call on Sunday. My dad and his brother drove his convertible back to the base while Zero's straffed any moving vehicle heading towards the base. The Vestal was cut away from the Arizona, taking several bomb hits that actually went thru the deck, through the bottom of the hull, and blew up in the mud below the ship. The Vestal was beached and saved by the few crew members that were still aboard. After leaving my mom to return to his ship, my dad was unable to contact my mom for the next 3 days. Then they were seperated for the next 6 months with little word. My mom with other military wifes were then relocated back to San Francisco or San Diego.

I have some very interesting pictures.

This is to honor my Dad, Lt. Cmdr E.G. Towner, veteran of WWII and Korea.

Mark Towner

12/08/2006 12:58 AM  
Blogger Mark Towner said...

Here is my tribute to my Dad with the link to my Blogsite:

http://politicalspyglass.blogspot.com/2006/12/remember-pear-harbor-and-my-dad-hap.html

Mark (Mustang) Towner

12/08/2006 5:08 AM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

Wow Mark. Thanks.

I didn't know your father was there. Thank you for sharing that piece of history. Love to see those pictures someday.

12/08/2006 1:50 PM  
Blogger Mark E. Towner said...

Here are some pictures of Pearl Harbor

http://politicalspyglass.blogspot.com/2006/12/pearl-harbor-attack-pictures.html

Mark Towner, The Spyglass

12/27/2006 1:06 AM  

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