Pearl Harbor remembered 70th anniversary!


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Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 6, 2013 - 04:03pm 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
Dec 6, 2013 - 04:35pm PT
they never even tried for the canal attack as it was determined that its suscess would have had no effect on the war in the pacific

they diverted to a planned attack on the ulithi atolls base

you know that the us continued to ship war materials and fuel oil to japan for years after their rape of nanking?

we only cut them off when they put their foot down and wouldnt allow us access to the chinese 'market' they had created...


they had any right to treat that hemisphere like it was their own!!!

in line with our continuing to supply german with war materials through spain after brittian and france had declared war against them

we were still hoping beyond hope that the axis was going to do what we built it for... crush the soviets

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 6, 2013 - 04:43pm 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 - 04:45pm 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 - 09:40am PT
Pearl Harbor remembered 71th anniversary!

Credit: Park Rat

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.

Credit: Park Rat

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.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Dec 7, 2013 - 10:00am PT

And as long as we continue to glorify war, young men will continue to line up at the recruiting stations when old, powerful men create the right circumstances.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Dec 8, 2013 - 10:30am 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.

Trad climber
Dec 8, 2013 - 11:04am PT

brought to you curtesy of throwing all the socialist writers in prison in 30 years before then egging the japs on while giving em all the planes and oil they would promise to use on the mainland!
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Dec 8, 2013 - 11:05am 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?"

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