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2013-12-08 12:28:51 PM

Dr Jack Badofsky: Wasilla Hillbilly: Bonzo_1116: Wasilla Hillbilly: I hate to be that guy, but being on an island that gets bombed doesn't instantly elevate one to hero status.


True, but the folks who lived through the bombing are lucky as f*ck.  My grandad would have gone down in the harbor, but his squadron was the one that was flying patrol on the other side of the islands that morning.

My grandma got to see the zeros buzz town while she was hanging up the wash, and hauled ass back into the house when she saw the planes had red dots on the wings.  She never did say what happened to my auntie's diapers that she was hanging on the line.

My grandfather was there as well. His story is kind of sad. There are two specific occasions that plagued him for the rest of his days. The first event was when he was a couple hours late for his duty (mechanic's assistant Army/Air Force) and when he arrived the spot had been bombed killing a few of his friends/associates. Basic survivor's guilt there. However, the second incident I could more understand his anguish. He apparently went awol for a few hours, left the light on, and returned to find his barracks had been hit, killing everyone inside. He assumed they were targeted by the light, but I suppose you can't be 100% certain he was the catalyst for that.

But it was sunrise, almost 8am Hawaii time when the bombing started.  I am not sure the light would have been enough of a beacon to draw attention.

/ Very sad story
// salute to EVERY WW2 vet, alive, passed, or KIA,, your efforts are definitely appreciated.


Interesting. I know it was dark when he left, but didn't realize the timing was that close to daylight. Better odds that it was just a coincidence. Thanks.
 
2013-12-08 01:40:45 PM

Wasilla Hillbilly: Dr Jack Badofsky: Wasilla Hillbilly: Bonzo_1116: Wasilla Hillbilly: I hate to be that guy, but being on an island that gets bombed doesn't instantly elevate one to hero status.


True, but the folks who lived through the bombing are lucky as f*ck.  My grandad would have gone down in the harbor, but his squadron was the one that was flying patrol on the other side of the islands that morning.

My grandma got to see the zeros buzz town while she was hanging up the wash, and hauled ass back into the house when she saw the planes had red dots on the wings.  She never did say what happened to my auntie's diapers that she was hanging on the line.

My grandfather was there as well. His story is kind of sad. There are two specific occasions that plagued him for the rest of his days. The first event was when he was a couple hours late for his duty (mechanic's assistant Army/Air Force) and when he arrived the spot had been bombed killing a few of his friends/associates. Basic survivor's guilt there. However, the second incident I could more understand his anguish. He apparently went awol for a few hours, left the light on, and returned to find his barracks had been hit, killing everyone inside. He assumed they were targeted by the light, but I suppose you can't be 100% certain he was the catalyst for that.

But it was sunrise, almost 8am Hawaii time when the bombing started.  I am not sure the light would have been enough of a beacon to draw attention.

/ Very sad story
// salute to EVERY WW2 vet, alive, passed, or KIA,, your efforts are definitely appreciated.

Interesting. I know it was dark when he left, but didn't realize the timing was that close to daylight. Better odds that it was just a coincidence. Thanks.


Either that or this is one hell of a dark way to teach a youngster about wasting electricity.  Does he have a one-armed friend named J. Walter Weatherman?
 
2013-12-08 01:42:24 PM

Bonzo_1116: Wasilla Hillbilly: I hate to be that guy, but being on an island that gets bombed doesn't instantly elevate one to hero status.


True, but the folks who lived through the bombing are lucky as f*ck.  My grandad would have gone down in the harbor, but his squadron was the one that was flying patrol on the other side of the islands that morning.

My grandma got to see the zeros buzz town while she was hanging up the wash, and hauled ass back into the house when she saw the planes had red dots on the wings.  She never did say what happened to my auntie's diapers that she was hanging on the line.


I hope she got some sweet Michael Bay money then.

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