I was in a machine shop yesterday when Pearl Harbor Day was mentioned. I know its been 71 years since it occurred but I feel the event is fading from most American’s memory. My co-worker’s father was is a Pearl Harbor Survivor. Since I am a big WWII buff, I had him sign a replica Remember Pearl Harbor poster. I was pleasantly surprised to find the little note he wrote. About a year ago, I talked my co-worker Dan into videotaping his then 92 year old Dad. This family military service history can now be past down to future generation. I did the same for my Uncle who died last February. I took the audio tape, added pictures and came up with a great tribute book in his memory.
About 15 years ago I was leaving the gym and noticed a Pearl Harbor Survivor license plate on a car. I approached the older gentleman, introduced myself as a WWII buff and asked if he would be willing to talk about his military experience. He invited me to a Pearl Harbor Survivor meeting a few days later. It was great to attend. The man introduced me to everyone. One man told me never to be on the same ship as another member as the two ships he had been on had been sunk. It was a great experience just to sit and watch the members of the greatest generation. How I wish I had brought an original Pearl Harbor posted and had each man sign it. That would be hanging on my wall today. Most of those men are gone now….
Thanks Jim for this thread!!
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From one veteran to all the others. Thank you for your service. To all those of the greatest generation you are truly a rare breed. My great uncle still lays on the USS Arizona to this day. Please don't ever feel as if your sacrifice has been forgot. Your fire still burns in a few of us to this day.
My wife and I went to HI on our honeymoon in 2005. We made it a point to visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial. What a sight! Even though I wasn't born in this country, I had grandfathers and family that fought in WWII in Russia. The memorial at Pearl Harbor was really moving to myself and my wife.
A few years ago I came upon a stack of original WWII newspapers. I bought them and display the one below with my Airflow at every show. Every one that sees the newspaper, young and old, always has a memory to go along with that day whether they were directly or indirectly affected by it.
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GREAT VIDEO! Try to get old people to talk to you about those times. The last time I visited with my dad before he passed away in 1990 he told me stories I had never heard before. Some were eye openers. My father in law came for a visit this summer. My sons (both adult) and I sat with him and just asked him to tell us about his youth and his service in the Korean war. Again, the stories that we had never heard and would have been lost.
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Pearl Harbor Day remembered. Had a chance while in HI 25 years ago to visit the Arizona Memorial and the Punch Bowl as well as a few other places of historical military significance. If you ever make it to Hawaii you need to put these things on your "to do" list.
What interests me about WWII is what it was like to have your everyday life effected by the war effort. Production of cars stopped to build war related products. I have heard there were collections of scrap metal picked up from residents to help fullfill the requirements of metal.
Today we have ongoing military efforts happening and it is really easy to not even realize it.
When operation Desert Storm went down, it was a big thing, then it sort of just faded away in no time.
I have no personal sacrifice from any recent war type military operation.
But do think about it alot.
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