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(Wikipedia)   "A date that will live in infamy." Tag for the people on the island that day   (en.wikipedia.org ) divider line
    More: Hero, Pearl Harbor, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. War Plan Orange, U.S. Naval, Emperor Hirohito, military operation plan, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Douglas MacArthur  
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2013-12-07 01:26:14 PM  
6 votes:
I hate to be that guy, but being on an island that gets bombed doesn't instantly elevate one to hero status.
2013-12-07 04:55:34 PM  
2 votes:

JesusJuice: BumpInTheNight: You know what other island had gigantic civilian losses due to a couple dick move offensive strikes?

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified if they saved saved a single American life.

Don't start wars of aggression.


Since its creation, the US has had to defend itself once, and that was the War of 1812. Even in that one, we tried to take over Canada. And we've been at war, overtly or covertly, for over 200 of our 230 years.
2013-12-07 10:13:45 PM  
1 vote:

hardinparamedic: They attacked the United States to bully them into reopening the flow of raw metals and oil into the home islands


Close to correct, but not quite. They had no illusion that the US would reopen the flow of oil. They realized that if the US cut them off, their only choice was to get it from Southeast Asia. But they also realized that was stomping on the US's allies, and that the US would retaliate, so they decided to strike the US first, to knock out their ability to wage war. They hoped to give themselves at least six month's breathing room, to consolidate their hold on the region, before the US could get back in the game.
2013-12-07 02:00:54 PM  
1 vote:

BumpInTheNight: You know what other island had gigantic civilian losses due to a couple dick move offensive strikes?


The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified if they saved saved a single American life.

Don't start wars of aggression.
2013-12-07 01:55:06 PM  
1 vote:

Bonzo_1116: Wasilla Hillbilly:

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.

Lucky on the first and ultra sad on the second.


Yeah. I guess we was no hero, but I did learn much about life from him.
2013-12-07 01:54:27 PM  
1 vote:

BumpInTheNight: You know what other island had gigantic civilian losses due to a couple dick move offensive strikes?


The Phillipines? Granted they are a bunch of islands.
2013-12-07 01:52:22 PM  
1 vote:
Was stationed there during the 50th anniversary of the attack. Volunteered for every detail I could get--flags, color guard, driving, you name it.
Got to raise flags on the Arizona (LOTS of them), color guard for the submariner's memorial (during which I cried), got to meet the Prez, and drove a bunch of drunk brass around in the afternoon.
Was a day I'll never forget for sure.
2013-12-07 01:43:21 PM  
1 vote:

BumpInTheNight: You know what other island had gigantic civilian losses due to a couple dick move offensive strikes?

westcoastfishingclub.com

2013-12-07 01:40:37 PM  
1 vote:

BumpInTheNight: You know what other island had gigantic civilian losses due to a couple dick move offensive strikes?


England?
2013-12-07 01:38:25 PM  
1 vote:
December 7th, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii -- There was a nip in the air.
2013-12-07 01:29:36 PM  
1 vote:
My wife and I got married on Dec 8th, but in the Philippines; they were attacked at the same time but since they are across the international date line it was Dec 8th.  Being a Navy man she swears I did that on purpose so I would have a one day warning reminder of our anniversary.
2013-12-07 01:20:49 PM  
1 vote:
This is why I'm not buying a PS4.....those bastards.
2013-12-07 01:20:08 PM  
1 vote:
gothamist.com

Lest we forget.
 
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