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Pearl Harbor-December 7th 1941- A Day that will live in infamy- It was the worse naval defeat that the United States ever suffered . Learn about the events of day. See photos and first hand accounts of the day. Pearl Harbor the true story is presented here.
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Spaghettios Honors Pearl Harbor with a Tweet That Will Live In Infamy
It was a day that will forever live in infamy. One of the worst attacks on American soil took place 72 years ago, which, of course, the minds at SpaghettiOs decided was a perfect marketing opportunity.
It was a day that will forever live in infamy. One of the worst attacks on the American soil took place 72 years ago today, which, of course, the minds at SpaghettiOs decided was a perfect marketing opportunity.
Late Friday night, the official SpaghettiOs Twitter account touched off an imbrogli-O with this post of its anthropomorphic noodle mascot smiling like an idiot and clutching the American flag as if at Iwo Jima:
The tweet lasted more than 10 hours before it was unceremoniously deleted, but those who have seen it remain perplexed. There has been no comment so far from parent company, Campbell's, although a former director of digital marketing and social media for the company tweeted that the post was a "mistake."
I find it fascinating and sad how the social media community turns on their own, when a brand makes a mistake. Don't throw stones.— Adam Kmiec (@adamkmiec) December 7, 2013
Of course, this is the worst kind of opportunistic "real-time" branding that has become all too familiar in our new media age. For every perfectly timed, spur-of-the-moment tweet during a Super Bowl power outage, there are dozens more that feel prepackaged and tired. And then for everyone of those, sterilized by teams of experts and crowd-tested to the hilt, there's one that's in incomprehensibly bad taste, like the tweets by Gap and Urban Outfitters, among others, that encouraged shopping as a balm for Hurricane Sandy.
It brings to mind that old adage that any publicity is good publicity, but it becomes difficult to justify if the brand is derided on social media and comes off as completely tone-deaf and insensitive. (It was also technically posted on December 6.)
Of course, this is also when Twitter's response machine shines.
"You want a date which will live in infamy? I'll give you a date which will live in infamy." [email protected] social media team
— Daniel Radosh (@danielradosh) December 7, 2013
So yes, there are easy jokes to be made here. But it's also as good an opportunity as any to remember, even without this Spaghetti-Uh-O, what Pearl Harbor means to the United States. Even though our national memory is short and it happened 72 years ago, Pearl Harbor was for a very long time the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil. That still means something, even if there are fewer and fewer people around who can remember that terrible day.
So if you do what SpaghettiOs asks and actually remember what happened at Pearl Harbor, you might remind yourself exactly why it's wrong. Know that the weirdly terrifying O would not have been smiling had it known that 2,403 Americans were killed that day. Pore through Life magazine's fairly incredible collection of photos from the assault and see that any American flags struck by the attack would have been in tatters. Know, too, that the people who lived through that tragic day are getting older, and we owe it to them to remember. Know it, and remember it, because tragedy is wasted if it isn't.
In Hawaii and the rest of the USA, the attack took place on the morning of December 7, 1941. This is the date used by historians today. In Japan and the rest of Asia, though, the attack actually took place on the morning of December 8, 1941.
This refers to the Z flag, a signal flag used internationally to represent the letter Z when using flags to communicate at sea. In Japan, the Z flag has historical symbolism going back to the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 to 1905. Admiral Heihachiro Togo used the Z flag as his personal standard during the Battle of Tsushima, where Japan defeated Russia.
This led the Z flag to become a symbol of victory in Japan, so the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) used the letter Z as part of the codename for the attack on Pearl Harbor. To them, the attack would ensure victory against the USA, so it only seemed fitting to use such a codename. Definitely one for ironic Pearl Harbor facts.
Why we must remember the ‘date which will live in infamy’by The BDN Editorial Board December 7, 2020 December 7, 2020
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Accounts, comments and reminiscences of that terrible morning 79 years ago give dramatic emphasis to America’s need to commemorate Pearl Harbor. Dec. 7, 1941, was a colossal lapse and failure militarily, and a tragic awakening to the realities of war and, eventually, to a new era in international relations.
Seventy-nine years later, it is remarkably easy for those who were there to remember the details of that Sunday morning in Hawaii. Flames, noise, diving planes, exploding magazines and smoke, men entombed in their ships — for the generation of World War II, it is a searing memory, an event that thrust America into global conflict.
So it was for Robert Coles of Machias. Coles, who enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17, was finishing his breakfast on the USS Bagley, which was docked at Pearl Harbor, when he saw planes, emblazoned with red circles, overhead. Then, bombs began to fall, and he was soon surrounded by explosions. Although he was not trained to use them, Coles ran to the ship’s .50-caliber machine guns, broke open an ammo box and began firing. He hit two planes before the ship’s chief runner ran onto the scene and assigned Coles to be a plane spotter.
“I was breathing heavy, but I wasn’t scared because everything was happening around me and nothing was happening to me,” he said. Coles later learned that the entire attack lasted less than two hours.
“Two thousand, four hundred and three people lost their lives in that one hour and 50 minutes,” said Coles, who died in 2017 at the age of 93.
Most Americans noting the observance in 2020, which are scaled back because of the coronavirus pandemic, were not alive on the day of infamy, when Japanese dive bombers and torpedo planes ravaged the battleships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. To remember Pearl Harbor, for the overwhelming majority of people on this anniversary, is to echo a rallying cry and to rediscover a focal point for war, a war very different from the one in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Pearl Harbor has been taught in schools as an example of lack of vigilance and unpreparedness. America wasn’t ready. America was caught napping. Two thousand men had to die to remind a country that it should never let down its guard.
On reflection and after Sept. 11, 2001, it is apparent that Pearl Harbor also taught lessons, long in the learning, about isolationism, xenophobia, honesty and directness in international relationships, and, most pointedly, about the ultimate folly of warfare and violence as a solution to political and economic problems. These lessons are as appropriate today as they were in 1941.
Both sides of the long-ago attack have since practiced revisionist history. Japanese and American accounts of the war conveniently overlooked the period of imperialism — the subjugation of whole continents by British, Dutch, French and U.S. interests in pursuit of resources. Germany, but especially Japan, got into the game late. There was worldwide depression and anger. The stage was set for conflict. Nations that appeared aggressive grossly underestimated their adversaries and the terrible destruction their weapons would unleash upon all humanity.
Americans, nearly eight decades later, have lost the immediate threat of World War II and the gnawing threat of the Cold War that followed. More recently, terrorism was such a concern that Washington remade the government to prevent the nation from napping again. And this year, a global pandemic has reminded us of the interconnectedness of our world and that we remain vulnerable to unseen threats. Unfortunately, the pandemic has once again revealed a federal government unprepared to combat those threats.
History repeats itself endlessly and is another reason to remember Pearl Harbor.
Japanese aircraft appeared over Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m. and opened fire on the airfields, preventing any significant air resistance. Meanwhile, bombers and submarines focused on the harbor, sinking the USS Arizona in a deadly explosion and capsizing the Oklahoma, California, and Utah. An hour later, a second wave of Japanese planes wrecked the remaining five battleships.
Japanese forces withdrew shortly after 9:00 a.m., leaving 20 naval vessels and more than 300 aircraft damaged or destroyed. 2,403 people were killed, and over 1,000 injured.
The following day, U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the famous speech that called 7 December “a date which will live in infamy.” Congress declared war against Japan, and the U.S. officially entered World War II.
Pearl Harbor and 9/11: A fleeting day of infamy
If you Google “Pearl Harbor and 9/11,” you get more than 4 million hits. In George W. Bush’s 9/11 interview on the National Geographic Channel last week, he said Sept. 11, 2001, eventually will be marked on calendars like Pearl Harbor Day: a day never to be forgotten by the people who lived through it. But on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it’s instructive to consider the way Pearl Harbor Day was remembered on its 10th anniversary.
In fact, on Dec. 7, 1951, Pearl Harbor wasn’t remembered, at least not prominently in the major newspapers and magazines. There was a reason why the Japanese attack in 1941 received so little commemoration on its 10th anniversary: In 1951, the U.S. was fighting a new war on the Korean peninsula, and had just signed a security treaty with Japan, which made it a crucial ally and staging base for the Korean War. Remembering Pearl Harbor could interfere with the nation’s new mission.
The spirit of the 10th anniversary of Pearl Harbor was best expressed by the Washington Post in its lead editorial that day, which discussed the importance of Japan as an ally in the struggle against communism in Asia. Because of that struggle, “the Japanese American alliance ought to be maintained in harmony,” the editorial concluded. “It is to this future rather than to the past that thoughts should be directed on this anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.”
In other words, don’t remember Pearl Harbor. Think about the communists in Korea instead.
The L.A. Times front page on Dec. 7, 1951, made no reference to the anniversary. The lead stories reported on new “atomic artillery” that could be used in the Korean War, and heavy snow on the ridge route. The second section did have a column on the Pearl Harbor anniversary, which opened, “This is the day on which innumerable Americans . will be tempted to go about boring other Americans to death with their reminiscences of where they were and exactly how they heard the news” a decade earlier. Of course this form of boredom could be avoided — by not reminiscing about Pearl Harbor.
The New York Times had nothing about the anniversary on its front page on Dec. 7, 1951. The news there was of a possible truce in Korea, and street fighting in Tehran between thousands of communists and “anti-Red civilians.” It did run an editorial. The meaning of Pearl Harbor, the editors wrote, was that, since Dec. 7, 1941, “it has not been possible for us to deny our historic mission in modern history” — resisting “aggression.” In 1951, that meant fighting the communists: “Over vast areas where hundreds of millions of people live, the human spirit is still enslaved . and the aggressors are as furious as ever Hitler was.”
But of course Hitler didn’t attack Pearl Harbor. The country that did attack is barely mentioned in the editorial.
As for 10th anniversary commemorations in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor itself, an Associated Press story was headlined “War Noises Again Mar Peace of Pearl Harbor” and reported that “the sprawling naval base supplies men, ships and ammunition to today’s area of combat in Korea.”
Life magazine’s cover story that week was “Harry Truman’s wardrobe,” a nine-page photo essay. Time magazine’s cover story was about the rise of the Reader’s Digest. Life did not run a story on the anniversary, but Time did. It reported that “for the foreseeable future, Japan is solidly encamped with the free world,” and “the U.S. must recognize that full and equal partnership is the only basis for mutual, long-term friendship in the face of a common enemy.”
Thus on the 10th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Americans were told it was time to forget about what happened on Dec. 7, 1941, because we needed Japan’s help to fight communism in Asia.
As UC Irvine historian Emily Rosenberg explained it in her book “A Date Which Will Live,” historical memory is not fixed. Lessons that seem crucial at one point can be ignored at another. Memory, even of the most unforgettable events, is unstable and can be transformed by new circumstances.
No doubt this is as true for Sept. 11, 2001 as it was for Dec. 7, 1941.
Jon Wiener teaches history at UC Irvine and writes for the Nation magazine.
BY DAN VALENTI
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 7, 2020) — Today, THE PLANET somberly notes, is the “day that will live in infamy”+ 28,855.
That many days have passed since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dc. 7, 1941, a day Franklin Roosevelt and the military got what they wanted: World War. Of course, since Germany’s invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, there had been a state of war, but can you call it a “World” war if the U.S. doesn’t participate? Prior to America donning helmet and clip-belt, you’re dealing with a regional conflict.
Pearl Harbor, under attack 12/7/41
Roosevelt wanted war for the Depression-dazed economy. He knew the fighting would lead to two fronts: Europe and the Pacific. Only America had the resources to fight such a war. Germany thought it did, but that was Hitler’s big mistake. In the words of Japanese admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the attack on Pearl “awakened a sleeping giant.” The United States mobilized to feed the war machine.
Factories across the land amped up to three shifts, including General Electric and Naval Ordnance in Pittsfield, where employment peaked at 14,112. The mind boggles.
America’s reign as sole superpower lasted from 1945 to the outbreak of COVID-19 … or should we call it COVID-1984 for the Orwellian allowances made.
Following V-J Day in August 1945 and the declaration of peace, the U.S. did something it had never done in its history. It ended a war and did not return to a peacetime economy. A Doris Day economy could not feed the awakened economic giant with enough input at the manufacturing end. The situation created an interesting problem that a dying FDR, an overmatched Harry Truman, the military, and the nascent “national security” apparatus were eager to solve. Their solution remains to this day: Perpetual war.
And it came to pass that the national security state was born. This new cottage industry found a willing partner in keeping war perpetual, Josef Stalin.
They milked that one until the fall of the Soviet Union, helped along with two wars-by-proxy in Korea then Vietnam. The strategists then instituted an even-more ingenious plan, the “War on Terrorism.” We’re still fighting that one in the Middle East, going on 30 years and $30 trillion dollars.
Let history’s rewrite show that in defeating Hitler and the Axis Powers, America, left alone as the undisputed heavyweight champion, decided not to lead the world to a better tomorrow but to use its invulnerable status in a foolish odyssey of foreign adventurism, hegemony, and a sanitized form of imperialism — not the colonial kind loved by the Brits but a thrust disguised as bringing “freedom and democracy” to the rest of the world. In short, as Peter Fonda says to Dennis Hopper at the end of the magnificent film Easy Rider, “We blew it.”
Perhaps America will find it easier to be a second banana after China completes it plan to become the new superpower.
THE PLANET marvels at the unprecedented rise of China from a backward, agricultural wasteland to its present-day position. China emerged from the smoldering in 1949 and floundered until 1972, when President Richard Nixon met Mao. After the fossil Mao died, a new and more progressive leadership realized the path forward was in Best Practices. From America, China introduced a form of free enterprise into its system. It also adopted a form of totalitarianism that acceded to authoritarianism. Then, as history often does (Putin in Russia), the forces of change produced the prototypical Great Man.
Xi Jinping has known struggle. His family was caught up in Mao’s insane Cultural Revolution. His father was paraded through the streets as an enemy of the people. His mother was forced to denounce him in public. One of Xi’s sisters committed suicide. Xi worked in a factory and for a while lived in a cave. Seven times Xi applied for membership in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Seven times the party rejected him.
There was no keeping this young man down, however. He obtained a university degree in chemical engineering, entered politics, and quickly rose through the ranks on the basis of his ability in problem-solving, pragmatism, and a love of hard work. Since taking over as CCP General Secretary November 2013, Xi has elevated China’s global position through a series of reforms that highlight his practical approach to leadership.
His policies have stressed internal unity and economic reform, including emphasis on profit motive and free trade. His anti-corruption campaign has been successful.
Kim Jung Un had our dessert.
Xi will be hosting the banquet.
Good luck to Syracuse Joe Biden dealing with this formidable foe, a man who should actually be America’s faithful friend.
It’s a long ways, baby, from Dec. 7, 1941. In some ways, that date was the beginning of the end of America’s best shot at the brass ring.
“Life can get so interesting that we forget to be afraid” — Author Dom DeLillo.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
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Thankfully, I don’t believe Dimentia Joe, the most corrupt V.P. in American history, will be the one dealing with the ChiComs. Trump will serve a second term as President. Wait for it…..patient now……
There is still mountains of dirt coming out on D-sponsored voter fraud. New stuff on Dominion machines in AZ, GA, MI.
They have felons caught on video tape in Georgia, who have connections to the DNC.
The 6000 vote Dominion Machine “glitch” in Antrim county Michigan was intentional and a Citizen suit is moving forward, by American Patriot Bill Bailey.
“CENTRAL LAKE — Bill Bailey, a Central Lake resident, has filed a lawsuit against Antrim County for voting fraud in the Nov. 3 general election, saying he has evidence to prove his point.
Bailey, in a statement he released over the weekend, says voting fraud may have happened in the county via the Dominion Voting Systems and other electronic voting equipment used by the county.
Because of the lawsuit Bailey could not provide much detail about the information he has, but he indicated that evidence he has obtained shows voting in the county may have been compromised.
“I do have evidence that you don’t know about, that you haven’t seen,” said Bailey on Tuesday. “I can’t go beyond that. It will be introduced into my case. My attorney’s working on it now. Everybody wants the same thing I want, it doesn’t matter — Democrat, Libertarian, Republican — we’ve got to know we can trust our electoral process. It’s really that simple.
“I can tell you I have evidence that points to a pretty serious issue.”
Won’t you come home Bill Bailey, Trapper moans the whole day long
Keep up the name calling. It makes you feel better knowing that the scorekeeper didn’t keep the count all the runs you. Mr. Fritz, the baby on the playground.
Gee Tommy, your society/Amistad Project is doing such good work covering the massive voter fraud, why are You so upset? They are going great work, real American Patriots!
“Actions by National Conservative Organization Follow Rigorous, Multi-State Investigations Since 2019, Trump Campaign Joins Filings
Amherst, VA – A national conservative legal organization, the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society, today announced that it will file federal and state lawsuits challenging the presidential election results in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada, Georgia, and Arizona.”
Link to Thomas More Society Amistad Project
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In a white paper released today, The Amistad Project of the non-partisan Thomas More Society is arguing that the current Electoral College deadlines are both arbitrary and a direct impediment to states’ obligations to investigate disputed elections.
The authoritative research paper breaks down the history of Electoral College deadlines and makes clear that this election’s December 8 and December 14 deadlines for the selection of Electors, the assembly of the Electoral College, and the tallying of its votes, respectively, are not only elements of of a 72-year old federal statute with zero Constitutional basis, but are also actively preventing the states from fulfilling their constitutional — and ethical — obligation to hold free and fair elections. Experts believe that the primary basis for these dates was to provide enough time to affect the presidential transition of power, a concern which is fully obsolete in the age of internet and air travel.
More, the blog bully and resident grouch.
Ralph Jones, Sr. was identified as the third suspect in the Fulton County Georgia suitcase scandal.
** Ralph led a team of criminals in carrying out a massive voter fraud scandal on election night at the State Farm Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
** Ralph and his team plotted to remove ALL elections observers (Republicans) from the counting room so they could roll out their suitcases full of Joe Biden ballots and run them through the machine.
** Ralph Jones told local Atlanta news channel 11Alive that a water main broke at the State Farm Arena and counting would be suspended. — This was a lie.
** Then Ralph Jones, Sr., Ruby Freeman and her daughter Shaye Ross went to work rolling out the hidden suitcases of ballots stashed under the table and hidden from view.
** It was their criminal act that gave Joe Biden the spike in unexplained votes in Georgia on Wednesday morning.
** It was a conspiracy to lie to the public including local news, to remove observers from the center and then to commit their hidden suitcase ballot fraud.
Fulton County election officials said they are behind – possibly by about two hours – counting absentee ballots after a pipe burst near a room at State Farm Arena where some of those ballots were being held.
According to election officials, none of the ballots were damaged in the process. No voting equipment was effected either, officials said.
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Fulton County Registration chief Ralph Jones said that the pipe burst just after 6 a.m. Tuesday in the room above where they ballots were being kept, and water was draining down to the left side of the room where the ballots were.
State Farm did come to fix the issue – which was repaired by about 8 a.m. – but there was a brief delay in tabulating the absentee ballots while the repairs were being made, Jones said.
We know this was a lie because there was NEVER a work order filed and the water department never received a call.
It never happened!
But it gave Ralph and Ruby and Shaye cover to complete their scam on Georgia and America! “
But I believe the coup will be exposed and Trump will begin term #2.
And Harrington and Tyer et al thank you…..And I thank Harry Truman, every day. Greatest President since Lincoln.
Change Orders at the Sewage Plant. Dan could you get your eye spies to check this out?
Payed my water bill Friday. HORSESHIT!
Heroes don’t seek attention, they give attention! Our men and women of the armed forces are the best.
Speaking of Covid, I see Tricia Bouvier on Facebook as usual spending time blaming others while not offering any solutions or assistance. She blamed restaurants for the explosion of cases at Hillcrest, I wonder why she wouldn’t actually name which restaurants? I don’t know if she has been in a restaurant since Old Country closed, but the majority of restaurants have been following strict protocols at a large increased cost to them. Funny, it seems most private industry is doing pretty well with keeping customers and employees safe, but when it comes to government run institutions like Hillcrest and other BHS owned facilities, it’s a disaster.
Tricia, I would also suggest practicing what you preach. You are no different then the rest of the democrats that want you to stay locked down in your home forever while going out to eat, traveling, getting your hair done, or having a dance party in a public park with 100 of your friends.
TFB would blame her forks and spoons, being obese.
Everywhere I go, I see protocols being followed to the hilt. Mask requirements, spraying surfaces, distancing, group restrictions, etc. Restaurants did a fine job since re-opening in Berkshire County. There was not a problem until there was. In reality, this was bound to happen if the virus is still circulating. Whether it be a restaurant, a party, the gym, whatever… The risk of contagion is present in any situation or environment in which an infected person comes in contact with someone else.
Trisha‘s statement was quite bizarre. It came off as what is commonly called a “sub” in which someone makes a passive aggressive post directed at someone/thing without having the balls to say it out loud. If Tricia has specific information regarding the infections at Hillcrest, she should be specific. “We know a staff member contracted the virus at a party and came to work with it, where he/she then infected others.” Passive aggressive subs are petty and unbecoming.
Lumping all parties and restaurant diners into a group of evil virus-spreaders is wrong. Because for every one single person who contracted the virus, there are hundreds, or thousands of others who didn’t catch or spread the virus and they and their contacts are no worse for the wear as anyone else.
More like it was very poor infection control that have 75% of 232 patients infected with COVID-19. That is an unbelievable number. BMC is no more advanced than they were in March or April for fighting this horrible virus. Remdesimir and steroids are all they are using in extremely frail elderly. Pneumonia is the major cause of death for the 24 patients from Hillcrest who have died from this virus. Too many patients are in Hillcrest and that needs to change in the future into having a much better patient to staff ratio so the sick and elderly receive better care. Bouvier should have been more worried about the safety of our frail elderly instead of illegal immigrants and we could have saved many of our elderly.
Quite interesting information about pneumonia. From WikiPedia but assumed to somewhat accurate nonetheless less:
Each year, pneumonia affects about 450 million people globally (7% of the population) and results in about 4 million deaths. With the introduction of antibiotics and vaccines in the 20th century, survival has greatly improved. Nevertheless, pneumonia remains a leading cause of death in developing countries, and also among the very old, the very young, and the chronically ill. Pneumonia often shortens the period of suffering among those already close to death and has thus been called “the old man’s friend”.
Pneumonia is a common illness affecting approximately 450 million people a year and occurring in all parts of the world. It is a major cause of death among all age groups resulting in 4 million deaths (7% of the world’s total death) yearly. Rates are greatest in children less than five, and adults older than 75 years. It occurs about five times more frequently in the developing world than in the developed world. Viral pneumonia accounts for about 200 million cases. In the United States, as of 2009, pneumonia is the 8th leading cause of death.
Dr. Mark Morocco, professor of emergency medicine at UCLA Medical Center, joins TODAY after California set an alarming new record for new coronavirus cases Sunday. “All of us in emergency medicine and critical care have been preparing because we could see that these numbers were possible,” said Dr. Morocco. “They’re actually worse than we thought were possible.
Will we be them? Are we them?
Why should the Chinese be our enemy though? For that matter, why should everyone who is not us be construed as a potential enemy? That has to be the first thing to go. Let’s work together to raise everyone’s standard of living everywhere. There should not be “Shithole countries.” There should not be starving people. There really is enough for everyone, unless the population continues to explode, and we face far greater problems than who our enemy du jour is.
I think you are right. We had better become friends because we need them a whole lot more than they need us. And right now they could squash us like a bug if they wanted to. China is moving to the future while the U.S. is going backwards.
People can hate China all they want but being their enemy is not going to work out well for us or anyone else.
Yes, yes, and yes. The U.S. has one major foreign policy need, before all others: Mend our relations with China. Xi is a pragmatic politician, a practical policy maker. He is not Mao or any sort of communist fanatic. We can work with him and he with us.
I don’t think they want to be friends or they wouldn’t have released the virus to the world while protecting their own country. Italy is definitely their friend. Many Chinese use Italy as their vacation choice and the ties between the two countries are close, but they didn’t think enough of their “friend” to warn them of the virus and try to contain the virus within China. China will participate in the world, but they will not change their ways. They look out for China first and always have done so. So many put down President Trump for wanting to make American great again, but China has always put their country first and they receive praise from so many for their policies.
Spoken like a true Globalist.
May our beloved country remain a sovereign nation!
The Cultural Revolution in China has an eerily similar parallel in what is happening now in the US.
In China, the Cultural Revolution was started by Mao because he had been ‘voted out’ by other senior leaders, and so Mao turned to the masses to foment unrest and rebellion to maintain his hold on political power.
If you are saying that President Trump is trying to bring unrest to our country, you couldn’t be more wrong. The violent riots, the changing of the voting laws and blanketing the country with mail-in ballots, the impeachment attempt, the phony Russia/Trump collusion investigation, and defunding the police are all being used by the radical Democrats to destabilize our country. So you have the right idea, but the wrong instigator. The Marxists in this country want total power and are in complete sympathy with everything that China is doing.
This is dumb right wing bs.Trump war on America from day one.I told you to read about Steve Bannon revolution on America. It’s a war on race and women.It is a war started by Trump.
and while they are becoming stonger we are becoming weaker. They hold most of the cards now and will be dictating terms down the line. By denying them access to what they needed from us has pushed them to learn how to do it themselves. By punishing them we have actually made them stronger and more self reliant. On the other hand, we have soiled our own bed and not too many other countries are going to want to help us do anything unless we can reprove we are worthy. And that may take a very long time.
If Democrats were really interested in our country becoming stronger, they would not have done everything they could to destabilize the presidency and the country for the last 4 years. Joe Biden’s administration wants to do the same. They are handing leadership over to China. They know their plans will weaken our country. I agree with Dan that we have had bad foreign policy for a very long time and we have our State Department to blame for that. Taking down America has been planned for a long time.
Destabilizing like bailing out of NATO? Or the World Health Org. during a pandemic? Starting a trade war with our largest trading partner? Making enemies of our two border countries? Being climate change deniers in the face of all common sense? Like that kind of destabilazation?
Why doesn’t WHO tell us what works with the virus instead of what doesn’t work like with their latest put down of Remdesimir as being of no help in the fight against the virus. OK fine WHO so maybe give us some of the secrets of what does work against the virus or will China not allow them to do that?
We want to get along with China. We don’t want to fear China or let China take advantage. The so called “Trade Wars” was trying to make things fair. Or is that not allowed now?
Humans cannot control the weather.
This was a new virus. The World Health Org. nor China nor Gov. Cumo knew exactly how to fight this in the beginning. It had a learning curve. Either way, for all we have learned, it is not helpful with all the mask deniers spreading it like an insecticide cloud.
I thought China didn’t have an issue with Wuhan Flu anymore. Why haven’t they been gracious and shared their success? Was their success really spreading it worldwide to cause this chaos while they are doing other nefarious things? Hmmmm
Cuomo dealt with the virus by warehousing the infected in nursing homes, with the most vulnerable section of the population, the elderly.
Mario’s buddies who run the nursing homes got a big kickback for each infected patient they took in.
He didn’t know how to fight the virus, but he sure knew what he was doing to the poor elderly folks killing them off.
Berkshire County people are actually pretty good about wearing masks. I haven’t gone to any sit down restaurants only take out places so I can’t say what is going on there, but every store I go into, everybody is wearing a mask, but it hasn’t stopped this latest uptick in the virus that has killed 24 so far in Hillcrest Commons.
If masks & social distancing work…….then why is the virus still spreading?
Masks and social distancing work at reducing, not eliminating the spread of the virus. If you want to see what happens with no masks and no social distancing, look no farther than the White House. What a pathetic example for a country in a pandemic.
Yes, JD. These preventive measures greatly increase your chances of staying safe (as does hand washing) but in and of themselves are no guarantee you won’t get sick. It’s all about increasing the odds in one’s favor.
Exactly. Like wearing a seat belt or wearing a helmet on a motorcycle. Or a cup so you don’t get your balls crushed.
Well check out the people in the Whitehouse who are actively discouraging those common sense measures. Check out his rallies. Check out his sycophat govenors making things much worse. There is one man responsible for the explosion of this pandemic in America. You know, the one who works for Putin.
If you think humans controlling the weather is what Climate Change is all about it shows apalling ignorance and you really should spend fifteen minutes getting up to speed on the subject.
I agree we need to prepare for higher temps in the summer, but we don’t need the government control of the Green New Deal to do it.
Trump says to inject cold water into our veins when it gets hot out. That man always seems to have the best advice for some reason. He is a freaking Jenius.
I guess your just a fossil fuel guy.
The Chinese leader is very smart and power mad and Joe Biden is no match for him especially since Biden had so many business deals with that country, he is compromised anyway. We are heading on a path to one leader being in charge of the world. Whether that is the leader of China or some yet unknown power mad individual, it will not be good.
Joe thinks he won the election against “Donald Reagan”.
If Biden gets inaugurated, it will be the same puppeteers that pulled Obama’s strings , running the show. Even if Harris takes over.
Live feed of Pearson, et al v. Kemp, et al
Northern District Court of Georgia website and on YouTube.
Sidney Powell arguing case
US Judge gave the fraudsters/defendants a victory.
Note that Youtube/MSM censored USA links to the proceedings. The above link had to come through China.
As far as I can tell, the voting machines were set with an algorithm to favor Biden, by 3% or more, it seems.
When the Trump vote overwhelmed the algorithm, they shit a brick and stopped the voting. Everyone out. GOP observers out. Lock ’em out. Block ’em out. Cover the windows. COVID! Oh, Dem. observer? Come on in.
Then you have the suitcases full of ballots, ballot dumps, vote spikes, ship ’em in from out of state, count ’em twice, thrice, and up to 10 times, flip ’em, glitch ’em, switch ’em.
TSC, Biden is so far up China’s butt, he poops fortune cookies!
The Eagle is in dire straights. Another group of potential layoffs. Reporters will now have to shoot more of their own photos. More news will be AP news and regional pick ups.
They’ve completely shut off free access to pandemic news. It used to be a community service to allow free access to breaking covid news.
The “online editor” has screwed up the security for the site and people are forever getting free access to the whole paper with a simple work around.
What did they do with all their covid money? Too bad their customer base lost faith in them as fair and balanced overseers of the public good. Did they shoot themselves in the foot? Did they believe being a political arm was more profitable than a real newspaper?
Good die on the vine,shoulda asked Dan to be the boss,dummies. When the Stooge gives you an hour,you’re finished. The ultimate jinx Boone tunes into. And Stooge,the beard looks pretty bad on you.
Keep us informed as this develops, ER.
How much have they been taking in by gouging on obituaries? That used to be a public service before they decided to take advantage of people grieving their loved ones.
There are other places you can list an obituary though. Not sure what IBerkshires charges but I will be damned if I am going to let any newspaper fleece me when a loved one dies. That’s just heartless and reveals a true soul or lack thereof.
Many funeral homes have websites where you can have the obituary for free if they handle the death of the deceased.
That is good information Pat.
Current libtard position, ever-evolving:
Enough fraud to reverse the current count in MI and PA, but no more states, or GA and WI, but not a third. In AZ and PA, but not a third. Or in NV and PA, but not a third.
And besides, we hate Trump, so there, nanny-nanny-boo-boo. And we’ll just censor anything we don’t like concerning the fraud, so there. And we’ll label anyone who disagrees with us as nuts, so there.
And if that still doesn’t work, we’ll beat you up and bomb your house and harass your kids and make sure you get fired, and never get another job again, nanny-nanny-boo-boo.
Sound about right, comrade?
I’ve got FDR in memory here:
“December seventh, nineteen forty-one, a date which will live in infamy, the United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the empire of Japan.”
Thanks for the info, we never would have known it. Did you make that “live in Infamy” up yourself or did you hear it somewhere?
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial was constructed above the battleship USS Arizona where 1,177 service members lost their lives. The Memorial was built to honor all of the 2390 Americans who died during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.
November 26th, 1941: Japanese navy left Japan
Adm. Chuichi Nagumo takes command of the Japanese First Air Fleet and begins moving towards Pearl Harbor. The movement was a response to the U.S.’s decision not to lift economic sanctions on Japan.
December 7th, 1941: The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.
Just before 8 a.m., a swarm of Japanese fighter planes descend on Pearl Harbor and begin dropping bombs. The attack destroys 20 naval ships and more than 300 planes, and more than 2,000 crewmembers lose their lives.
December 7th, 1941: News of the attack spreads.
Evening editions of daily newspapers spread the word. By evening, most of the country knows of the devastating attack.
December 8th, 1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks Congress to declare war with his Day of Infamy speech.
With a promise to “make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again,” President Roosevelt asks Congress to declare war on Japan. Congress approves, and three days later, Germany and Italy formally declare war on the U.S., bringing the country into World War II.
April 18th, 1942: The Doolittle raid attacks Tokyo.
Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle leads 16 American B-25 bombers on a mission to bomb Tokyo. The attack does little damage, but it does weaken the Japanese government’s prestige and shake their confidence.
June 3-7th 1942: Battle of Midway begins.
In a grueling four-day battle, the outmatched U.S. Pacific Fleet manages to destroy four Japanese aircraft carriers while only losing one of its own. The battle comes as a major U.S. victory, and it proves that the Japanese navy was not quite as invincible as previously believed.
August, 1945: Crew of Enola Gay prepares.
Twelve men on a top-secret mission begin preparing their plane, Enola Gay. They’ve been told their mission will either shorten or end the war, but none of them know the extent of the destruction the mission will cause.
August 6th, 1945: The U.S. drops the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Just after 8 a.m., the Enola Gay flies over the Japanese city of Hiroshima and drops the world’s first atomic bomb. About 80,000 people die from the bomb and another 35,000 are injured, but the Japanese do not surrender.
August 8th, 1945: The U.S. drops a second atomic bomb, this time on Nagasaki.
Another atomic bomb devastates the city of Nagasaki, and the destruction moves Japanese officials to action. Finally, they consider surrender.
September 2nd, 1945: The Japanese surrender on Battleship Missouri
Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemutsu signed a declaration of surrender on behalf of the Japanese government and armed forces. Supreme Commander Douglas MacArthur then signed the document of behalf of all the members of the newly-created United Nations.
To all of those brave men and women who have fought, and continue to fight, to protect our freedom.
Annie G. Fox
Countless stories of heroism surfaced after the Pearl Harbor attacks, including that of First Lieutenant Annie G. Fox (Army Nurse Corps), who received a Bronze Star for her courageous actions. The Bronze Star, when awarded for bravery, it is the fourth-highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Lt. Fox was the Station Hospital’s Head Nurse at Hickam Field. The 30-bed hospital opened in November 1941, with six nurses. Fox joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1918, at the end of WWI. Although she was no stranger to military service, the Japanese attack landed her in combat for the first time. The 47-year-old quickly took control of the situation as bombs fell on the base.
Accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack by hospital staff detailed a terrifying situation. Enemy airplanes flew so close and low to the ground that the nurses could see the pilots talking to each other. Then, the Pearl Harbor nurses heard explosions and plumes of black smoke after each airplane dive. Casualties flooded into the hospital within just minutes of the first bombing. Hospital staff jumped into action as the incessant sounds of torpedoes, bombs, machine guns and anti-aircraft guns choked the air.
As the attack progressed, bombs even fell around the hospital itself. The smoke and fumes became so horrible that the hospital workers put on gas masks and helmets as they tended to the wounded. The wounded patients suffered from serious shrapnel wounds in the abdomen, chest, face, head, arms and legs.
As Head Nurse, Lt. Fox coordinated the hospital’s response to the assault and rallied the nurses. The wives of officers and NCOs reported to the hospital to provide assistance. Then, Lt. Fox organized the civilian volunteers to fashion hundreds of hospital dressings and help with patient care. Lt. Fox herself participated in surgery, administering anesthesia. Afterward, she, along with the other nurses, tended to the wounded.
In recognition of her efforts, Lt. Fox became the first woman in American history to receive the Purple Heart medal on October 26, 1942. Part of her citation read:
During the attack, Lieutenant Fox in an exemplary manner, performed her duties as head nurse of the Station Hospital… [She] worked ceaselessly with coolness and efficiency and her fine example of calmness, courage, and leadership was of great benefit to the morale of all with whom she came in contact.
Four other Army nurses also received recognition for their performance during the attack. Captain Helena Clearwater, First Lieutenant Elizabeth A. Pesut, Second Lieutenant Elma L. Asson, and Second Lieutenant Rosalie L. Swenson each received the Legion of Merit “for extraordinary fidelity and essential service.”
Though at the time the Purple Heart award was most commonly awarded to service members wounded by enemy forces, it was occasionally awarded for any “singularly meritorious act of extraordinary fidelity or essential service.” The Purple Heart Award criteria changed in 1942 to remain limited to wounds sustained as a result of enemy action. On October 6, 1944, Lt. Fox was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in replacement for her Purple Heart, which was rescinded. The Report of Decorations Board cited the same acts of heroism as for the Purple Heart.
The Army Nurse Corps had fewer than 1,000 nurses on December 7, 1941. Furthermore, just 82 U.S. Army nurses were stationed in Hawaii serving at three Army medical facilities that day. By the end of WWII, more than 59,000 American nurses had served in the Army Nurse Corps. Nurses worked closer to the front lines than in any prior conflict, providing invaluable service at great personal risk. Nurses received 1,619 medals, citations, and commendations during the war, including 16 medals awarded posthumously to women who died as a result of enemy fire.
Lt. Fox and her fellow Pearl Harbor nurses exemplified the courage and dedication of all who served.
Teresa Stauffer Foster
Teresa Stauffer Foster was walking through a garden near Hawaii’s Tripler Hospital on a calm Sunday morning when a low-flying plane approached. The pilot waved in her direction, and the U.S. Army nurse waved back. Foster didn’t realize it at the time, but within minutes, that plane was one of the many Japanese bombers that pulverized U.S. battleships and aircraft.
“You hear stories about Pearl Harbor, and they’re all about the men. You hear very few stories about the women,” said Winnie Woll, Foster’s daughter.
Woll is named after two of her mother’s best friends from Pearl Harbor, who were also nurses. She now gives lectures to disseminate the stories of how they were truly pioneers of their time, having joined the services before the Women’s Army Corps and the Navy’s Women’s Reserve program (WAVES) were established in 1942.
When Woll’s mother joined, stringent rules existed for the women who wished to enlist.
“The women had to be single. The minute they were married, they were out the door,” Woll said, noting that the need for more nurses eventually led to a rule change. “In 1943, that was the first time you could marry and still legally be in the military — until you had your first child. Then you’re out again.”
Foster was sent to Pearl Harbor six months before the attacks. On the fateful morning of December 7, she was walking with other nurses who had finished their shifts when that plane flew past. The nurses immediately began helping patients who were carted in, often marking their foreheads with lipstick to help with triage. “If it was somebody they couldn’t save, they had to put them off to the side and go on and work with whoever they could,” Woll remembered.
Harriet Moore Holmes
U.S. Army Nurse Corps 2nd Lt. Harriet Moore and two friends weighed the option of being stationed for two years in the Philippines or two years at Pearl Harbor.
The decision was easy. So, on Nov. 9, 1941, the 22-year-old Moore arrived for duty as a registered nurse assigned to the maternity ward at Tripler General Hospital near Hickam Field in Hawaii.
“We thought we were having a two-year (holiday-style) tour of duty at taxpayer expense,” Harriet Moore Holmes said in an interview. “We were looking forward to it immensely.”
Less than a month later, on Dec. 7, the Pennsylvania native’s notions of a leisurely tour of duty had vanished.
There were 82 Army nurses working at three medical facilities in Hawaii on the day of the attack. None are known to have died that day, but more than 200 nurses died during WWII, according to Army Nurse Corps.
On the day of the Pearl Harbor attack, Holmes and her roommate, Marguerite Oberson, were expecting a half-day off from duty — which only came on Sundays. Saturday nights were reserved for dances. Moore and a friend stayed out late the night before at a dance in the Hickam Field officers club. Her supervisor woke her just after 7:55 a.m. and told her the base was under attack.
“I could see the black smoke streaming up from Pearl Harbor just over the hills and just then a Japanese pilot flew low over the hospital,” she recalled. “He waved at us. We felt lucky he didn’t want to bomb a hospital.”
Most of the enlisted men in Hickam Field were sleeping in their barracks during the attack and many burned to death in their bunks, Holmes said. Tripler General took the brunt of burn victims and those needing surgery. Nurses at Schofield Hospital and Hickam Field, as at Tripler, all faced supply shortages. The attack lasted until 9:45 a.m.
“My first three patients suffered burns over most of their bodies and shortly died,” Holmes said. “When I tried to swab one’s with alcohol for an IV, his entire forearm skin came off. As I recall, my next three patients survived.”
Sometime during that Day of Infamy, her roommate received news that her fiancé, a B-17 pilot, had gotten his plane airborne but was shot down and killed during the attack.
“She was very shook up when she found out he was killed, but she kept right on working,” Holmes said.
The calm response and skill of the nurses contributed to low post-injury mortality rates during WWII, and 1,619 medals, citations and commendations were awarded, according to an Army Nurse Corps.
In the weeks after the attack and declaration of war by the United States against Germany and Japan, the hospital staff worked in nearly complete darkness at night. In fear of another attack, black curtains were hung over windows at night and the lights were kept low. Corpsmen held flashlights so the nurses could work on patients, Holmes said.
“Sometimes we even had to hold blue paper over the lights, and it was hard to work with light like that. But we got used to it,” she said.
But Holmes recalled that not everything was bleak.
One day during her rounds, she noticed a “tall, lanky fellow from Tennessee.”
“I asked him where he was hurt and he said, ‘Ma’am, if you were shot where I was shot, you wouldn’t care none,'” Holmes said, putting her hand over her mouth. “I shouldn’t have told you that. But it was funny and we were all thankful to have someone around with a sense of humor.”
After her tour extended from two to three and a half years, Holmes received orders to report to Guam in 1945 and left Pearl Harbor. She took a short leave to Florida before heading to Guam, and during that trip, the war ended and she never saw Guam.
Ann Danyo Willgrube
Ann Danyo Willgrube joined the Navy Nurse Corps in 1940. She was an operating room nurse on the newly commissioned hospital ship USS Solace when the war started.
However, Willgrube never shared details about her military life with her family. Her brother, Joe Danyo, was eight years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed and didn’t even know his sister had been there until the late 1950s.
While cleaning out her house in the mid-1980s, he discovered a letter describing her experience on December 7, 1941. The letter was dated December 1, 1981 — almost exactly 40 years after the Pearl Harbor attack.
It was addressed to a high school student who was doing a report on Pearl Harbor and had discovered she was there during the attack. The teen wanted to hear her story, so it was then — in 1981 — that she finally decided to tell it.
In the letter, Willgrube wrote about being “the envy of all the nurses” because she was assigned to the Solace — a cushy assignment — only 18 months after enlisting. The ship arrived in Pearl Harbor in late October 1941 and was docked at Ford Island near several of the battleships. All was going well until 7:55 a.m. on Dec. 7, when Willgrube was jolted awake by what she first thought was a boiler explosion.
“The ship shook, and everyone ran out on deck to see what happened. I looked out the porthole in my room and saw smoke pouring out of the [USS] Arizona,” Willgrube wrote.
The Solace’s nurses worked tirelessly that day to care for more than 130 patients brought aboard, 70% of whom included burn victims. The nurses were too busy to worry about the noise of the guns, the planes flying overhead and the shaking of the ship.
The surprise attack destroyed the Arizona, the Oklahoma and the Utah, and also damaged several other U.S. ships and aircraft. More than 2,400 people were killed, half of whom had been on the Arizona, which still sits at the bottom of Pearl Harbor to this day.
“We never had disaster drills, yet when we realized that we were actually at war, every person on board that ship seemed to know instinctively what to do,” Willgrube said. “It simply proves how important discipline in the military is. It not only saves lives but wins wars, too.”
Willgrube was one of the first women to become a Navy shellback, one of many firsts for her over the years.
“When I entered the Navy, nurses had no specific rank but enjoyed the privileges of officers. In 1942, we received relative rank, and in 1947, we were classified as Nurse Corps with the same rank and privileges as the other officers,” she wrote.
After 27 years of service, she retired as a commander and married retired Medical Services Corps Cmdr. Wayne Willgrube, who was also aboard the Solace during the Pearl Harbor attacks.
Myrtle Watson, a 28-year-old Army nurse, was assigned to the orthopedic ward of Schofield Barracks Hospital at Pearl Harbor.
“I was the only nurse on that ward and we didn’t have a doctor to make rounds because there were no treatments — just essential medications given on weekends,” she said. “I was thinking, ‘I hope nothing unusual happens today that I can’t handle by myself’ because I was going to be on my own.”
It was football season in Honolulu — and most of the casualties Watson was accustomed to treating derived from sports injuries and other minor accidents. That Sunday morning, Dec. 7, was a routine one her assignment was to push patients’ beds out onto the hospital’s wrap-around porch, where they could watch the inter-regimental football game.
“And as we were in the process of moving the patients, we heard planes approaching — a lot of planes,” she said. “And no one had any inkling of exactly what was happening. But as the planes kept coming, we were standing out there on the porch, waving to the pilots, thinking it was one of our units on maneuvers. But around that time, we realized that the hospital was being strafed, that the plaster was falling off the walls and the patients that were out on the porch were saying, ‘Get us inside!'”
Although Watson had had no previous emergency medical training, she acted instinctively. She helped her patients out of their beds and onto the floor, where she surrounded them with mattresses. When she went back outside to see what was happening, she narrowly dodged a bullet herself.
“Someone called to me, ‘Look out!’ and pushed me out of the doorway,” she said. “And a bullet went right in the frame of the doorway where I had been standing. One of the patients later dug it out and gave it to me.”
Watson said the chaotic scene included massive casualties piled one on top of another — some alive, others dead — all arriving at the hospital, which had few medics or nurses on duty and severely limited supplies. For three days straight, Watson worked around the clock. At night, except for a dim flashlight, she was forced to work in the dark to avoid possible detection by the enemy. Ms. Watson says one patient in particular stands out in her memory.
“I very distinctly remember one young sergeant from Wheeler Air Force Base — good looking youngster — and I could see from his eyes he was trying to get my attention,” she said. “And he was bleeding so profusely I didn’t know how to check the wounds, he was so bandaged up from the operating room, across his abdomen and chest. The mattresses were very thin and I put a basin under there it was dripping through the mattress. I asked him what I could do for him. And he beckoned across the ward, he wanted me to go see his buddy. Even with life-threatening injuries they were more concerned about their buddies than themselves. Well, while I was checking his dressings and seeing what I could do to check the bleeding, he looked down at my hands. Well, on the night of December 6, I had given myself a manicure and put some light nail polish on. He could only speak in little more than a whisper and I held my ear to his mouth. And he said, ‘Who ever heard of a lieutenant wearing nail polish in the middle of a war?’ I did what I could for him and went across to see his buddy. And when I went back to him, he had stopped breathing. And I cried, it just seemed so unfair.”
Lt. Watson remained at Pearl Harbor for several months before being transferred to another base. She recalled that the 9/11 terrorist attacks brought back the memories of December 7, 1941 vividly in her mind.
To learn more about Pearl Harbor nurses and other heroes from that day, visit the Pearl Harbor Warbirds blog . See below for further related reading:
- : Marissa Colclasure : Rudy Martinez, 21
- Pearl Harbor Hero Stories: George Welch & Kenneth Taylor : 15 Medal of Honor Recipients
- Pearl Harbor Heroes: John Finn
- Pearl Harbor Attack Facts: Doris “Dorie” Miller
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11 Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivors (Updated 2021)
December 7, 1941 is a date that everyone in America has committed to memory. This day, which marks the attack on Pearl Harbor, has come to be known as the “Day of Infamy” (derived from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech the day after the attack). That fateful day led the United States to officially enter World War II, which had already been going on since September 1, 1939. Along with the rest of the Allied Powers, America was able to bring the War to an end on September 2, 1945.
After the dust had settled in Pearl Harbor, the total number of people killed in the attack was 2,403 – 2,008 navy personnel, 109 marines, 218 army, and 68 civilians. A majority of those killed came from the USS Arizona (1,177 crew members). Despite the devastation, many people did manage to survive the attack and went on to live long lives. A handful of people on this list are currently still alive (at the time of this writing) and may even go on to live for a few more years.
To help remember those who were lost at Pearl Harbor, the survivors formed a group called the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. Surviving members often make appearances at Pearl Harbor memorial events, speak about their experiences, and even write memoirs about what happened.
As of April 2021, the information on this list is as accurate as possible and will be updated as needed.
11. Donald Stratton (July 14, 1922 – Present)
Oldest Age Reached: 97 years, 7 months, 1 day on February 15, 2020
Place of Birth: Inavale, Nebraska
Military Branch and Rank: U.S. Navy Seaman First Class
Served Aboard: USS Arizona
photo source: DVIDS via U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Hilda Perez
Donald Stratton was the youngest member of the surviving group of USS Arizona crew members before he passed away at the age of 97 in early 2020. Stratton was only 19 on December 7, 1941. According to Stratton’s personal account, that fateful day started out normal but as soon as the attacks started, Stratton ran for his battle station. After fighting for awhile and helping as many people as he could, Stratton a few others were forced to flee as the Arizona burned up.
Stratton, along with still-living survivor Lauren Bruner and four other men, were saved when a sailor named Joe George threw them a line from USS Vestal. Due to severe burns and injuries, Stratton was medically discharged in September 1942. In 2017, Stratton and Bruner finally succeeded in convincing the Navy to posthumously award Joe George with a Bronze Star Medal for saving their lives.
Did You Know?
Although Donald Stratton was severely injured after the USS Arizona went down, he worked hard to regain his strength and convinced the draft board to allow him to re-enlist in the Navy. Stratton fought to the end of World War II and participated in the Battle of Okinawa.
10. John Anderson (August 26, 1917 – November 14, 2015)
Oldest Age Reached: 98 in 2015
Place of Birth: Verona, North Dakota – grew up in Dilworth, Minnesota
Military Branch and Rank: U.S. Navy Boatswain’s Mate Second Class
Served Aboard: USS Arizona
photo source: Wikimedia Commons via U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Laurie Dexter
John Anderson was one of a handful of USS Arizona survivors until he passed away at 98 years old in late 2015. While all of the Pearl Harbor attack survivors have harrowing stories, Anderson’s is one of the saddest as he wasn’t the only member of the Anderson family there that day. John’s twin brother, Delbert “Jake” Anderson, was also serving aboard the USS Arizona and unfortunately, he did not survive.
After a bomb hit Anderson’s turret before he could make it to his post, the explosion killed several crew members, including his brother. At the time, Anderson did not know that Jake did not survive and he ended up taking a small boat back to the wreckage to look for his brother. Anderson’s shipmate Chester Rose joined him and they picked up survivors, but tragedy struck again and Anderson was the only survivor when the small boat was hit.
Did You Know?
A year after John Anderson’s death, his ashes were interred in the remnants of his old turret at the USS Arizona Memorial, to be spiritually reunited with his twin brother, whose body was never recovered.
9. James Bilotta (January 5, 1920 – September 9, 2018)
Oldest Age Reached: 98 in 2018
Place of Birth: Somerville, Massachusetts
Military Branch and Rank: U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant
Served Aboard: N/A
photo source: Pearl Harbor Visitors Bureau
James Bilotta died at the age of 98 and is one of the few ex-Marines on this list. Bilotta joined the Marines when he was just 19 years old and two years later was eating his breakfast when the first bombs dropped on Pearl Harbor.
After surviving the attack, Bilotta stayed in the military until he was honorably discharged in 1945 at the end of World War II. Bilotta returned to Massachusetts and met his wife not long after. The couple eventually settled in Derry in 1985 and raised a family together. Near the end of his life, Bilotta said, “One thing I must say is that I have had a very good life and I don’t believe I would change any of it. I married a wonderful woman and I have wonderful children. What other man can be that blessed?”
Did You Know?
Before his death, James Bilotta was the oldest citizen of Derry, New Hampshire and had received Derry’s Boston Post Cane, which is given to the oldest resident of many New England towns.
8. Lonnie Cook (November 19, 1920 – Present)
Oldest Age Reached: 98 in 2018 – will be turning 99 later in the year
Place of Birth: Morris, Oklahoma
Military Branch and Rank: U.S. Navy Seaman First Class
Served Aboard: USS Arizona
photo source: DVIDS via U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Hilda Perez
Lonnie Cook was one of the few living Pearl Harbor survivors before he passed away at the end of July 2019. Cook had been facing increased health challenges and he started a GoFundM to help with his continued care. Due to his declining health, Cook no longer attended Pearl Harbor related events and the last time he visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii was on the 70 th anniversary of the attack.
Cook had just taken a shower on the USS Arizona and made plans to explore Honolulu just a few moments before the first wave of attacks at Pearl Harbor. Initially, Cook and his fellow crew members thought nothing of the rumbling as they were below deck, but chief turret captain informed them that the Japanese were bombing the fleet. Cook rescued as many people as he could as the Arizona sank and immediately volunteered the next day to go back to sea.
Did You Know?
Lonnie Cook had never received the 12 battle stars he earned from his time in the Pacific, but he was finally presented with them in 2018.
7. Lauren Bruner (November 4, 1920 – Present)
Oldest Age Reached: 98 in 2018 – will be turning 99 later in the year
Place of Birth: Shelton, Washington
Military Branch and Rank: U.S. Navy Fire Controlman Third Class
Served Aboard: USS Arizona
photo source: DVIDS via U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Hilda Perez
Lauren Bruner was one of the oldest and last living survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack before his death in the Fall of 2019, just a few months shy of his 99 th birthday. Prior to his death, Bruner and a team of researchers were working tirelessly to assemble a complete database of the USS Arizona’s crew members. Bruner and the team were compiling biographies, personal stories, and portraits and hope that one day visitors to Pearl Harbor will be able to access this information.
Bruner was only 21 years old when the attack took place and he was known for being the next-to-last man to leave the Arizona. In late 2017, Bruner released his memoir titled Second to the Last to Leave USS Arizona, which is one of the most detailed personal accounts of the events that took place on December 7, 1941. Bruner was living in Hawaii and often gave guided tours of the Arizona Memorial through Voices of Pearl Harbor.
Did You Know?
As part of Lauren Bruner’s final wishes, he was interred on the USS Arizona and according to a Pearl Harbor National Memorial spokesperson, Bruner will most likely be the last USS Arizona survivor to rest on the ship as the remaining survivors have made other arrangements.
6. Howard Kenton Potts (1921 – Present)
Oldest Age Reached: 97 in 2018
Place of Birth: Illinois
Military Branch and Rank: U.S. Navy Coxswain
Served Aboard: USS Arizona
photo source: DVIDS via U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Hilda Perez
Howard Kenton Potts, who prefers to go by Ken, is one of two living survivors who served aboard the USS Arizona. Unlike some of the other survivors, Potts is more reluctant to talk about what happened on December 7, 1941. Potts has told his story numerous times, but often won’t go into too much detail. He also rarely participates in Pearl Harbor memorial events, but did show up for the 75th anniversary because the family of another (former) survivor, Don Stratton, had worked so hard to organize the event.
At the time of the attack, Potts was a coxswain and was transporting goods onto the Arizona when chaos broke out. Potts was later assigned to the diving crew that was tasked with retrieving bodies from the sunken part of the ship. For the remainder of World War II, Potts worked in the port director’s office, delivering classified mail and documents to the captains of Navy ships. Potts currently resides in California and says that he is still in excellent health and that two members of his family lived to 100.
Did You Know?
After World War II, Ken Potts remained in the Navy as an intelligence officer and created the Navy’s first survival evasion resistance and escape program.
5. Louis Conter (September 13, 1921 – Present)
Oldest Age Reached: 97 in 2018
Place of Birth: Ojibwa, Wisconsin
Military Branch and Rank: U.S. Navy Quartermaster Third Class
Served Aboard: USS Arizona
photo source: DVIDS via U.S. Marine Corps Hilda Perez
Louis Conter is one of two remaining USS Arizona survivors. Conter joined the Navy just a few months after high school and was only 20 years old on December 7, 1941. According to an interview from 2016, Conter went to the Arizona right after boot camp.
Conter was on duty when the first Japanese planes came in and he saw the initial attack unfold before his eyes. After fighting for about 35 minutes, Conter and the crew members still standing saved as many injured men as possible and took them to the hospital when the bombings subsided. Before the attack, Conter had received permission to attend flight school, but his orders were lost during the attack. However, Conter was sent to flight school the following January and went on to serve went on to serve with Navy squadron VP-11.
Did You Know?
In early 2021, Lou Conter released a book titled The Lou Conter Story, which chronicles Conter’s military career, survival tips, and anecdotes of interactions with celebrities like Shirley Temple and Bob Hope.
4. Joe Langdell (October 12, 1914 – February 4, 2015)
Oldest Age Reached: 100 in 2015
Place of Birth: Wilton, New Hampshire
Military Branch and Rank: U.S. Navy Ensign – retired as a Lieutenant Commander
Served Aboard: USS Arizona
photo source: Wikimedia Commons via U.S. Navy
Joe Langdell was one of the oldest surviving member of the USS Arizona before he died in early 2015 at the age of 100. Langdell was not on the Arizona when the attack on Pearl Harbor started, but was asleep in an officers’ barracks because of his temporary shore duty. As soon as Langdell and the other soldiers in the barracks realized what happened, they rushed to shore and Langdell hopelessly watched as the entire USS Arizona was set ablaze.
Langdell continued his naval service until the end of World War II and retired as a lieutenant commander. About fifty years after the attack, Langdell took part in a reconciliation ceremony. Langdell and former dive bomber pilot Zenji Abe, who took part in the Japanese raid, visited the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor and placed a wreath at the wall that listed the names of the Arizona’s fallen crew members. The moment was captured in the documentary film, USS Arizona: The Life & Death Of A Lady.
Did You Know?
Joe Langdell was the last surviving officer of the USS Arizona.
3. Mickey Ganitch (November 18, 1919 – Present)
Oldest Age Reached: 101 years, 4 months, 25 days as of April 12, 2021
Place of Birth: Mogadore, Ohio
Military Branch and Rank: U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer – retired as Senior Chief Petty Officer
Served Aboard: USS Pennsylvania
photo source: Tampa Bay Times
Mickey Ganitch is currently the oldest living Pearl Harbor survivor at 101 years of age. Ganitch was aboard the USS Pennsylvania, which was dry docked on the morning of December 7, 1941. Because it wasn’t being directly attacked, the USS Pennsylvania was one of the first ships to return fire on the attacking planes. Although Ganitch survived the attack relatively unscathed, he said that a 500-pound bomb missed him by about 45 feet.
After World War II, Ganitch stayed in the Navy for over 23 years and retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in 1963. Ganitch currently lives in California and is still in good health and has a sharp mind. Since the mid-2000s, Ganitch has attended annual Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremonies, but it was not held in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ganitch and other Pearl Harbor survivors hope that it will be safe to gather in Hawaii, later this year for Pearl Harbor’s 80 th anniversary.
Did You Know?
Mickey Ganitch was dressed in his football padding and team t-shirt on the day Pearl Harbor was attacked because a football match between the USS Pennsylvania and USS Arizona was scheduled for that day.
2. Jim Downing (August 22, 1913 – February 13, 2018)
Oldest Age Reached: 104 in early 2018
Place of Birth: Oak Grove, Missouri
Military Branch and Rank: U.S. Navy Gunner’s Mate 1st Class – retired as a Lieutenant
Served Aboard: USS West Virginia
photo source: U.S. Department of Defense via Lisa Ferdinando
Before his death in early 2018, Jim Downing was known for being the second oldest survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Of all the survivors on this list, Downing made the most of the attention he received for being one of the longest-lived Pearl Harbor survivors. Downing wrote a memoir in 2016, titled The Other Side of Infamy: My Journey through Pearl Harbor and the World of War.
On the morning of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Downing was ashore at home with his wife. Following his initial shock, Downing bravely made his way down to his ship, the USS West Viriginia. As he was putting out fires on the West Virginia, Downing tried to identify every body he passed and after the attack he wrote to as many families of his fallen comrades as he could. Downing continued to serve in the Navy until 1956.
Did You Know?
Jim Downing wrote his memoir when he was 102 years old and was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest author ever (when Downing was alive he was the oldest living author in the world).
1. Ray Chavez (March 1912 – Present)
Oldest Age Reached: 106 in 2018
Place of Birth: San Bernadino, California
Military Branch and Rank: U.S. Navy Quartermaster
Served Aboard: USS Condor
photo source: U.S. Department of Defense via U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle
At 106 years old, Ray Chavez is the oldest Pearl Harbor survivor. Chavez is still going strong and continues to make public appearances at major events, such as a Memorial Day service earlier in the year in Washington, D.C.