pearl harbor anniversary

Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by moreluck, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

  2. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    I asked my husband if he knew what his father or where his father was based on Pearl Harbor Day.
    He is a Navy Man.
    Tom didn't know.
    After spending 7+ hours in the WWII Museum in New Orleans and coming home deeply touched by the men and women which still serve Our Great volunteers in THEIR Museum.
    Tom decided it was time to ask.

    Please, we are losing this great generation at the rate of over a hundred a day.
    (If anyone knows the current stats, I would appreciate them to post this information and the source.)

    Please, ask these American Patriots.
    Please, ask your family members.
    Please, don't allow this important moment in history be lost because you may be afraid to ask.

    Think of them.
    Think of the service men that knew on this day, oh so long ago like it was yesterday in their mind...
    Think of the fear that entered the reality of all Americans

    The United States of America had no choice but to go to WAR.

    Then, please share these stories with us.
    Best regards, AJ
  3. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Pearl Harbor
    On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor , Hawaii By planning this attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in port. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island , where it had just delivered some aircraft. The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States )

    In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu , he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which struck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields in Hickam, Kaneohe and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets.

    At 0753 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2 'Kate' torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 'Val' dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the attack.
    When it was over, the U.S. Losses were:

    US Army: 218 KIA, 364 WIA.
    US Navy: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA.
    US MarineCorp: 109 KIA, 69 WIA.
    Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA.
    TOTAL: 2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA.
    USS Arizona (BB-39) - total loss when a bomb hit her magazine.
    USS Oklahoma (BB-37) - Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor.
    USS California (BB-4 4) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
    USS West Virginia (BB-48) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
    USS Nevada - (BB-36) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired.
    USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) - Light damage.
    USS Maryland (BB-46) - Light damage.
    USS Tennessee (BB-43) Light damage.
    USS Utah (AG-16) - (former battleship used as a target) - Sunk.
    USS New Orleans (CA-32) - Light Damage..
    USS San Francisco (CA-38) - Light Damage.
    USS Detroit (CL-8) - Light Damage.
    USS Raleigh (CL-7) - Heavily damaged but repaired.
    USS Helena (CL-50) - Light Damage.
    USS Honolulu (CL-48) - Light Damage..
    USS Downes (DD-375) - Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
    USS Cassin - (DD -3 7 2) Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
    USS Shaw (DD-373) - Very heavy damage.
    USS Helm (DD-388) - Light Damage.
    USS Ogala (center manager-4) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.
    Seaplane Tender
    USS Curtiss (AV-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.
    Repair Ship
    USS Vestal (AR-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.
    Harbor Tug
    USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.
    188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps.)

  4. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

  5. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

  6. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

  7. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

  8. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    I believe of the 60,000 + at Pearl Harbor there are 3000 or so remaining. So few that the Pearl Harbor survivors organization will vote on whether or not this is the last official gathering as many survivors are becoming too frail to travel, only a few hundred are expected to make the trip to Hawaii.

    A.J., here is a site your Father in Law may be interested in. My Father, father in law, mother in law, and brother are on there.
  9. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    I have visited the USS Arizona Memorial twice, its an extremely moving experience. There are still little drops of oil that float up to the surface from the battleship's fuel tanks. Everybody that walked through that white memorial building built over the ship was very quiet and respectful. At one end is a wall engraved with the names of all the crew that died that day. In the corner is a little plaque of all the survivors who passed away later and decided to have their remains added to the USS Arizona so they could once again join their crew mates.