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December 7 – God Bless The American G.I.

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by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Sunday, December 7, 1941 – The Attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II.  “I’ll never forget Sunday, December 7, 1941,” said Opal M. Warren.  “I was on a date.  We were in the movie theater in Springfield, Missouri.  They stopped the movie and the house lights came up.  A voice came over the loud speaker and told us about the attack on Pearl Harbor,” said Opal Warren.

My mother never did forget the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Every December 7, for as long as I can remember, Momma always seemed “down in the dumps” on that day.  She always told me, every Dcember 7th reminded her of “all the young boys, who died in the war.”

She left Springfield, Missouri and ended up in Houston, Texas.  She got a job as a welder in the Todd- Houston Shipyard, where she met a painter, who had served his tour of duty and got discharged.  The painter was Samuel E. Warren. a U.S. Army Signal Corps lineman, who stretched telephone wires through the Philippines and other islands in the Pacific.

Samuel E. Warren U.S. Army Signal Corps lineman. This is the official U.S. Army "boot camp" photo taken at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. U.S. Army Photo.

The East Texas farm boy had become a short haul trucker making deliveries between Mount Pleasant, Tyler and Gilmer, Texas until Uncle Sam “drafted” him.  He served in the European Theater of Operations and the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Samuel E. Warren was one of many men and women G.I.s in World War II who did their duty.  Without their dedication and devotion to duty, life today would be different.  Christmas 2010 might be totally different or there might not even be a Christmas holiday if the  “other sides” had one.

Christmas is the time that we all begin to think of our fellow human beings and we believe that “Peace On Earth” might be possible.

For now though, “Peace On Earth” relies on the devotion and dedication of men and women in uniform.  Whether you celebrate Christmas or get the “Bah, Humbug Blahs,” it is that man or woman in a military uniform standing post, sometimes in the most God forsaken parts of the world, that provides you the choice to “celebrate or ignore the holiday.”

One of Samuel E Warren's Unit Insignia. To identify this insignia, a reader will have to research U.S. Army history archives.

Time passes and generations forget the sacrifices of previous generations.

Already people are holding fewer and quieter September 11 observances.

The Vietnam War is already The Ghost Of A Christmas Past remembered only by the veterans, or those of us who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s.

World War II is a distant event that lives only in the gathering Mists Of History.  Perhaps, we have already forgotten or chosen to ignore the lessons of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Good Conduct Medal awarded to Samuel E. Warren. This is the World War II version of the medal.

The sacrifices of Samuel E. Warren and the men and women of World War II, in and out of uniform, is the reason why we can look forward to Christmas 2010.  Meanwhile, The American G.I.s, on duty today, around the world, are the “Centurions of Freedom, ” who will be on duty Christmas Day, to protect the nation and their fellow Americans and our allies.  They are the living guarantees that some future December 7 can serve as a Pearl Harbor observance and will not result in American G.I.s scrabbling to deploy to a part of the world to face a new enemy.

Momma never did forget December 7.  And it looks like I will not be forgetting December 7 anytime soon.

To the American G.I.s on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and the other military installations and assignments in the continental United States and around the world,  “Thank You and Merry Christmas,”

Thank God for the American G.I.

Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Samuel E. Warren's lineman's bag used during World War II in the Pacific.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:

This story was written and originaly published on Tuesday, December 7, 2010.  The majority of the photos were taken Tuesday, December 7, 2010 by Samuel E. Warren Jr.  Naturally, the “boot camp” photo was taken in the 1940s.  For whatever reason the Word Press system keeps putting a December 8, 2010 date to the story. Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Written by samwarren55

December 8, 2010 at 6:54 AM

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  1. Nice piece, Sam.

    I think as young G.I.s become old G.I.s these dates carry far more significance, since many of us have (hopefully) gained the wisdom of reflection along the way.

    Yet many schoolchildren were never told anything about this day in the classroom today. That’s a shame.

    Gary J. Kunich

    December 8, 2010 at 8:49 AM

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