Posted By: Ernie B

IN MEMORY OF - 12/07/07 12:21 PM

Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941
Posted By: NYgal

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/07/07 02:51 PM

I thought about that early this AM too, Imp.
Posted By: elbert

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/07/07 03:04 PM

I had a business in Memphis Tn. back in 1980 it was at the corner of Madison ave. and December 7th st. Just for entertainment I would ask people visiting, even though I knew, 'why was the street named December 7th st.'. I Couldn't ever get anyone to say why or what for about the name.
Posted By: Bobber

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/07/07 03:33 PM

Being ex-navy, and a WWII history buff for awhile, this day always makes me start thinking about Pearl Harbor. One memory is always of the early 80's when we visited Hawaii and naturally had to tour the monument. We(wife and 2 friends) stood there, watched the little drops of oil bubble up, looked at the plaques, and then looked around at the other 15 Japanese tourists on there with us. A different time, a different place and circumstance. A blessing on them, and all our boys and girls in uniform at this time.
Posted By: captjeff

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/07/07 04:10 PM

bobber ,we both have that in common ,us navy ,and WWII buff. how soon we all forget .Went to france ,to normandy ,went to the beaches ,walked among the graves in the cemetary .You see the ages of young men killed 18 /19 20 ..War is hell ...lets us not forget those who made the ultimate sacrafice [EVER]!!!!!!!!
Posted By: Danny2

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/07/07 04:20 PM

Posted By: azbob

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/07/07 04:38 PM

I'm ex-Air Force (8 years in the 60's)and I will never forget those that have given there lives and those that continuing to fight for our freedom.

May God Bless.
Posted By: Bobber

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/07/07 04:39 PM

EVER. I've been to Nagasaki and Hiroshima and the north of France. War is bad, bad, bad, for all concerned. No one knows this better than the warriors, yet we must have them at the ready.
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/07/07 08:26 PM

Posted By: JRinSC

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/07/07 10:34 PM

Hey Bobber,

We may have been on the same boat out to the Arizona! We did a week cruise around the islands in 1984 and then 3 days on land. I still tell people about the same, erie feeling, watching the short movie showing the awful attack and then sharing the boat out with many Japanese. Seeing the shean of the slowing escaping fuel oil as it comes to the surface.

I came to the same conclusion you did -- can't blame the kids for what their folks did. But it was still an interesting trip.

Oh, went on Google Earth this morning and finally found the memorial and when I zoomed in -- at a certain altitude -- you can clearly see the etire USS Arizona under the water. Over 1000 men still inside her!!

God Bless America
Posted By: Bobber

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/07/07 11:01 PM

We were there in '82. 5 days on Oahu and 5 on Kauai. I remember my buddy there (also ex-navy) commenting on the somewhat eery feeling that we all had. I imagine it would now be called the twin towers syndrome. The silence is so deep you can hear the voices. This same buddy was on a carrier that was a stand in for an enemy carrier in Tora Tora Tora.
My Navy days were spent in southern Japan, and I had a lot of time to talk to people who were then the enemy.
Posted By: JRinSC

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/07/07 11:31 PM

Haven't been further west than Kaui, but I would love to visit someday.. right now I'm financing our first trip to AC in 8 short days.

I also am ex-navy ET1 (SS)1968 - 72 and spent 4 years on the USS RAY (SSN 653) - a fast attack nuclear sub out of Norfolk. Luckily we did spend several weeks each Feb at St. Croix which was wonderful.
Posted By: Bobber

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/07/07 11:40 PM

There's a coincidence. I was an ET also, 66-68 in Japan. USS Ajax (AR-6). We did the Japan-Subic-Taiwan-Hong Kong circuit.

Hope you enjoy your trip, the place gets into your blood, as well as the people. And the beer. And the food. And the everything else.
Posted By: Barnacle

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/07/07 11:52 PM

another coincicdence,, i was a boiler tech from 76-80, two destroyers out of yokusuka japan. i ate meals on the ajax once, when our mess decks caught on fire and was being repaired.
while visiting the memorial, i was taken by how many boiler techs were listed!
it was a very moving experiance for sure.
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/08/07 02:04 AM

I was a Chief Sonarman- 1955- the Pineapple Fleet out of Pearl Harbor for several years. We always rendered honors to the Arizona when leaving or returning to always moving experience.
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/08/07 03:15 AM

Jesse, do you mean you were a CPO (Chief Petty Officer)in 1955? Geeze you are older than dirt!
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/08/07 03:20 AM

No I started out in the Navy in 1955, working my way up to Chief in 1962. Why do you have a problem with that? I respect your military service in the Marines and expect you to respect my service too.
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/08/07 04:09 AM

Sorry, Guess I got confused.
Posted By: Richard Chambers

Re: IN MEMORY OF - 12/08/07 02:05 PM

Good to see some oldtimers still kickin, i was an Airdale 56 - 60,
A tin bender, AM2. Spent 2 years at Atsugi, 57 - 59.
Spent a few days at Pearl enroute to Japan and was deeply moved by a visit to the Arizona site.
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