Pearl Harbor remembered 70th anniversary!


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Social climber
So Cal
Dec 6, 2013 - 05:52pm PT

Social climber
Dec 6, 2013 - 06:30pm PT
I posted these photos before but whatever. Pulled my kid from school to show him these planes. There were old guys who had clearly flown in them in World War 2 who were having trouble moving around, touching stuff, etc. All quite heavy.

Credit: ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Credit: ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Credit: ontheedgeandscaredtodeath
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 6, 2013 - 07:02pm PT
Didn't the Japanese build some huge submarine floatplane aircraft carriers with the intent on bombing the Panama Canal?

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Yup. Its one of 'em.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 6, 2013 - 07:03pm PT
Toker, that was the I-400 I mentioned up thread. It carried three aircraft!
However, a little birdie is telling me they used a smaller one that only
carried one or two on that Panama Canal fiasco.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 6, 2013 - 07:43pm PT
My mother told me that she heard about Pearl Harbor just as she was watching me use my twin brother as a stepping stone to get out of my crib.......what were YOU doing?
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 6, 2013 - 07:45pm PT
What were YOU doing when Garfield was shot?

(and how come yer email's no good)
Park Rat

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2013 - 12:40pm PT
Pearl Harbor remembered 71th anniversary!

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There are fewer WWII vets left each year to remember DEC 7th.

We should not ever forget those the men & women who fought in this war.

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The moment people heard of the attack on Pearl Harbor they knew we were at war. The next day millions of Americans lined up at recruiting centers to volunteer to go to war.

So many people came forward that they were not able to process many of them into the various services for many months.

America was not prepared, even though the war in Europe had been going on for several years. Overnight we had to plan for new military bases and training.

The real problem was that we did not have the ships or airplanes that we would need to reach the enemy. Much of our military was using World War I equipment at the beginning of the war.

The real story of how quickly we reacted and turned from an isolationist, post depression country into a superpower virtually overnight is the great miracle of World War II.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Dec 8, 2013 - 01:30pm PT
In Hong Kong, it happened on December 8th. Here's a post about how war came to Hong Kong, and about how the Japanese attacked "my" airline, the China National Aviation Corporation, with their first wave air attack on the morning of December 8, 1941. It's one of my favorite episodes in my book, China's Wings.

Pearl Harbor Day in Hong Kong.
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Dec 8, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
I was about 10 when we heard it on the radio. It scared us all, but the "Japs" were immediately classified in everyone's mind as subhuman and we'd beat them. Then I heard on the radio that Germany had declared war too and that scared the sh#t out of us.

We learned how to identify all the major axis planes from flash card silhouettes, and there were civilian spotters on the mountain tops in California. I can still identify quite a few.

I still get seriously introspective and a little sick every time a WWII documentary comes on. What we do to each other is unthinkable, and I wonder if we deserve to survive as a species.

But there was a humorous incident a couple of years after the war which still makes me laugh. I was walking down the street in Calistoga with my younger brother Bill, who was about 8 years old. A couple went by talking in German. Bill asked who they were, and I said they were Germans. He went pale, looked back, and asked me, "Are they tame yet?"


Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 7, 2014 - 06:29pm PT
Boys became men.......

Dec 7, 2014 - 06:51pm PT
Credit: Gene
And the boys who became men will always keep the memories of their shipmates alive.

Ice climber
BrujÚ de la Playa
Dec 7, 2014 - 06:54pm PT
Day of Infamy - Indeed

Are there some others?


Social climber
So Cal
Dec 23, 2014 - 04:51pm PT
One more, 16 days later.
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Dec 23, 2014 - 05:21pm PT
wow interesting

There were some trapped in the USS OHLAHOMA as well


Big Wall climber
Dec 7, 2015 - 08:12am PT
Credit: pyro


Social climber
Hell is empty and all the devils are here
Dec 7, 2015 - 08:56am PT
I still get seriously introspective and a little sick every time a WWII documentary comes on. What we do to each other is unthinkable, and I wonder if we deserve to survive as a species.

There is a scene in Victory at Sea that gives me hope.

It's short, and towards the end, Iwo Jima or Okinawa maybe. There is a small Japanese girl, maybe 4 years old, sitting on a curb shivering in fright. Next to her stands some GI with the most miserable expression on his face. He's clearly torn. Does he join up with his fighting buddies? But how can he abandon this poor little girl?

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Dec 7, 2015 - 09:24am PT
Living side by side with ideological differences, learning to share limited resources, can be excruciating.

But war is hell.

I'm sorry for the soldiers and military support personnel living in Pearl Harbor who experienced such trauma. And the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And countless others across religions and cultures and countries on our planet, most of whom just want to make a better life for themselves and their families, and yet are caught up in the games of powerful and rich men who don't feel powerful and rich enough.

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Dec 7, 2015 - 05:27pm PT
My dad was rejected after trying to enlist after the Pearl Harbor attack. The U.S. had other work for him, trying to protect the physicists who were trying to build the "ultimate" weapon which ultimately ended the war.

First A-bomb test in New Mexico, 1945.
First A-bomb test in New Mexico, 1945.
Credit: BooDawg

When the war ended, my Dad refused to work on the hydrogen bomb project, thinking that it was NOT a project of national security...
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Dec 7, 2015 - 06:05pm PT
My Dad, who is still with us, thinks the atomic bomb saved his life. They were on ships off the coast, waiting to invade Honshu - the big island. They did still invade. They were scared sh!t, remembering the way it flew in the other places. So my Dad, thanks your Dad.

Social climber
Dec 7, 2015 - 07:55pm PT
And Boo and John , both your Dad's helped my Dad not go. He was training on Lancasters with the intention of being deployed the winter of 45/46 but it all ended.

Thanks to all veterans then and now.
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