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Seventy years ago today Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Though the number of people alive today who were serving at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 are dwindling, it’s my hope that the memory of the attack, subsequent American resolve and the reminder that freedom isn’t free will never be forgotten.

This week, some Pearl Harbor veterans are returning a final time to where they served:

Five ash scattering and interment ceremonies are being held for five survivors whose cremated remains are returning to Pearl Harbor after their deaths.

On Tuesday, an urn containing the ashes of Lee Soucy was placed on his battleship, the USS Utah, which is lying on its side near the place where it sank 70 years ago. The ashes of Vernon Olsen, who was on the Arizona during the attack, will be placed on his ship late Wednesday.

Time Magazine has an interesting archive of photos and stories they published in the days following the attack.

Here’s one I hadn’t heard before — a live broadcast of the Eagles/Redskins game being interrupted for an announcement of the Pearl Harbor attack:

Update: Think Progress uses the anniversary of Pearl Harbor to remind everyone of the dangers of… global warming.

“December 7th, 1941… a carbon footprint that will live in infamy.”

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12 Responses to “Pearl Harbor: 70 Years Ago”

  1. Dexter_Alarius on December 7th, 2011 1:31 pm

    Remember Pearl Harbor, and the sacrifices our men and women made for the next four years after that. Thank you. And God Bless you.

    We also need to remember the lessons from that day. Ignore the signs of a belligerent power to our peril. We can't afford an attack on the scale of a hundred Pearl Harbors from a missile lobbed at us from North Korea or Iran.
    Appeasement is weakness.

  2. Marshall_Will on December 7th, 2011 2:27 pm

    "At 9:05 a.m., according to Navy records, the Curtiss tagged a Japanese plane on a suicide mission. The plane crashed into the ship’s No. 1 crane on the starboard side and disintegrated."

    A wrinkle I hadn't heard before? Interesting use of the term "suicide mission". It was no secret Japanese pilots were trained to deliver their payload if the aircraft became disabled but the report implies it was intentional. Who can say.

    We need to make up pins we can wear on our lapel and break them out once a year. Hopefully someone in the elevator or cafe will ask us what it's 'for'?

  3. SignPainterGuy on December 7th, 2011 3:14 pm

    +1000 !

  4. SignPainterGuy on December 7th, 2011 3:15 pm

    Good idea !

  5. Joe Redfield on December 7th, 2011 4:04 pm

    "Climate Pearl Harbor"? In this analogy, who plays the part of the Japanese, Martians?

  6. Hyperfobea on December 7th, 2011 4:16 pm

    Heartbreaking, all of it, and wholly undeserving of the desecration brought by using it as a plug for political gain. Shame, shame. (Remains to be seen if they'll use the 70th anniversary of the strikes on Nagasaki and Hiroshima to further their climate fraud as well. Or is it just dead American servicemen that deserve to be mocked?)

  7. SignPainterGuy on December 7th, 2011 4:34 pm

    Mostly, YES ! The only two uses of nuclear weapons and the resultant horrors is to be used only to discredit the USA and even peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It will probably be OK for Saudi Arabia to have nuclear power, since they`re muslims.

  8. Marshall_Will on December 7th, 2011 4:54 pm

    Amends for Hiroshima: Obama To Bomb Two U.S. Cities

    "In a belated expression of remorse for the nuclear strikes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki sixty six years ago, President Obama has authorized the Army to launch apologetic nuclear strikes on two American cities. The selection of cities is not final, but they will most likely be Dallas and Houston in a nod to the Democratic desire to attack cities in a "red" state prior to national elections."
    http://thepeoplescube.com/current-truth/amends-fo

  9. SignPainterGuy on December 7th, 2011 5:06 pm

    Let`s hope The Cube isn`t as prophetic as Rush; he has made absurd jokes about what the dems will do next and lo and behold, they`ve broken their necks tripping over each other to do precisely what Rush "joked about" ! Countless times.

  10. ScottyB on December 7th, 2011 6:22 pm

    Referring to "Think Progress uses the anniversary of Pearl Harbor to remind everyone of the dangers of… global warming. 'December 7th, 1941… a carbon footprint that will live in infamy.'

    If I remember some of the Left's charts for this 'Warming' stuff, with all that WWII going on (tanks, planes, Jeeps, etc) belching carbon into the atmosphere, how is it that there wasn't so much as a 'blip' on their rising Earth Temperature charts during the 1940's and 50's? They certainly weren't Prius tanks or Hybrid Jeeps at that time…

  11. backwoodsconsr on December 7th, 2011 9:00 pm

    The hardest blow the US military ever suffered, and the biggest mistake the Japanese ever made.

  12. D.K on December 19th, 2013 2:37 pm

    that was the worst day ever. they came home for the holidays and then had to go to war again.

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