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Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary Editorial

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A Day That Will Live In Infamy

Pearl Harbor

70th Anniversary

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

The Folded Flag Of A Grateful Nation - Photo by Samuel E Warren Jr

I grew up hearing my mother remark, “Sunday, December 7, 1941. I will never forget that day. I was in a theater in Springfield, Missouri. They shut off the movie and the house lights came up. They announced over the loud speaker the attack on Pearl Harbor.” Opal M. DeLong Warren always told the same story every time anyone mentioned, “Pearl Harbor” or “World War II.

She later got on a Greyhound bus, on a whim, and got off in Houston, Texas. It was during the war and she knew no one. She saw a newspaper ad for welders. In a few days, she was a welder at the Todd-Houston Ship Yard in Houston, Texas. “We were always sad when we launched out a new ship. We were proud to see the ship finished, but it was sad to think of the boys who would serve on that ship were sailing off to the war,” Opal said. She helped to build United States Navy and United States Coast Guard Ships.

Samuel E. Warren was a short-haul truck driver and the son of an east Texas farmer, until December 7, 1941. After that day, Uncle Sam “drafted” Sammy and he served in the United States Army Signal Corp in the European Theater of Operations and the Pacific Theater of Operations.

The attack on Pearl Harbor signaled the United States active involvement in World War II. The attack on Pearl Harbor changed lives long after the war ended. My father never spoke of his service in World War II, I got my information from my mother and my dad’s military records.

On active duty, in the United States Air Force, I had the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor and read the names on the wall. To stand at the site of the sinking of so many American battleships is an experience, even years later, that I can only describe as filling you with “a sense of humility.”

Standing at Pearl Harbor, made me extremely “proud to be an American.” As an American, on active duty and in uniform, standing at Pearl Harbor, reminded me that freedom and liberty are living ideals that have to be defended everyday in peace or war, in uniform or out. Many men and women from my father’s generation paid “The Ultimate Price For Their Nations.”

In my generation, many men and women have paid “The Ultimate Price For Their Countries,” in Vietnam, Panama, Granada, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

If human civilization sincerely believes that a nation should defend the ideas, concepts and ways of life of a democracy in the interest of freedom and liberty, then, Pearl Harbor will always serve as a reminder that a nation’s blood and treasure will be required to defend that way of life. A nation’s sons and daughters will have to be willing to put on the uniforms and take up arms to defend freedom and liberty. Seventy years after, The Attack On Pearl Harbor, the United States Naval Base remains an active reminder of the commitment and professionalism required to protect and defend freedom and liberty with each rising sun of a new day.

God Bless The Men And Women Who Gave Their Lives In Defense Of Their Nation A Pearl Harbor, Sunday, December 7, 1941

God Bless Our Allies Who Share Our Passion For Freedom And Liberty

God Bless The Men And Women Of The United States Armed Forces Who Maintain The Legacy And Vigil Of Freedom And Democracy.

Sam

World War II Military Trivia – During World War II, The United States Government in the Philippines had 26 bases. United States Army Fort Stotsenberg and United States Army Air Corps Airfield, Clark Field would eventually be combined into Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines. One of those bases was a United States Coast Guard station at Capas Tarlac on the island of Luzon.

Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary Links

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/pearl-harbor-attack-remembered-at-70th-anniversary-ceremonies-120-survivors-to-participate/2011/12/07/gIQAzLukbO_story.html

http://www.pearlharborevents.com/pearl-harbor-day-70th-anniversary-commemoration.html

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/12/06/photos-archival-footage-reveals-horror-of-the-pearl-harbor-on-70th-anniversary-of-the-attack/

History Link 101

http://historylink101.com/index.htm

(Editor’s Note: In your prayers for men and women in uniform, remember the military historians, who chronicle the deeds of America’s sons and daughters. If you have the time, you might want to remember those American military combat photographers that document the actions of America’s sons and daughter in peace and under fire in the heat of combat. Sam)

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Written by samwarren55

December 8, 2011 at 2:29 AM

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  1. Keep up the good work!

    to day news

    December 8, 2011 at 7:51 PM


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