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    Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941 - Never Forget

    Pearl Harbor commemoration to focus on US response - Yahoo! News

    Of course, the bombing of Pearl Harbor happened 30 years before I was born, so I don't have any personal experiences to share. However, my late Grandpa Rex had enlisted in the US Army in 1939 and served in WW2. As well, my late Grandmother worked in Army Hospitals during WW2.

    9/11 is the "Pearl Harbor" of our generation.....

    Thank you to all those that served and continue to serve our Great Nation. May we never forget Pearl Harbor.


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    Re: Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941 - Never Forget

    Thanks for the reminder. My grandpa is also a WWII veteran.
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    Re: Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941 - Never Forget

    My Dad enlisted in the Navy when he was just 17. He was sent to Punene Naval Air Station on Maui to be an Aviation Radio Man Striker. He was at the radio on August 15, 1945 when the news came in from Central Command that the war was over. After he informed his Commanding Officer of the important news, my Dad asked him if he could have the flag that hung outside on the pole that day. I have that flag now.


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    Re: Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941 - Never Forget

    I should call my grandpa. It's getting harder and harder to find vets from WW2, so if anyone knows one, talk to them and learn from them.

    This is Pearl (named after the USS Pearl Harbor, which was named after duh...) with Pearl Harbor vets.

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    My grandpa enlisted after Pearl harbor. It's an important day to remember.

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    Re: Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941 - Never Forget

    Quote Originally Posted by knittingknerd View Post
    I should call my grandpa. It's getting harder and harder to find vets from WW2, so if anyone knows one, talk to them and learn from them.
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    This is SO true. They were "The Greatest Generation". My dad was also in the Army from 1941 - 1961. His stories were very interesting, so, we have a lot to learn from this generation that is quickly becoming obsolete.

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    Re: Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941 - Never Forget

    Both of my grandpa's were in WWII, one never talked about it and threw overboard on the way home everything he had earned while over there. The other doesn't remember too much but occasionally tells a story or two about it. He found a flag (Japanese flag) that was decorated with names and drawings (How I don't remember) when he was over there and he gave that to us.
    I also have 1 brother overseas now and 1 family member going in January.

    I still thank them for serving our country.
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    My uncle served in WW2, My father served in Vietnam, and my husband currently serves and will be deploying in less than a month.


    Seeing people thankful for past service and present service, brings joy to my heart. It takes something special to serve your country, and I am truly, truly thankful for those who have and those who do. God bless you all.




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    My son Steven serves aboard the USS O'Kane, which is home ported at Pearl Harbor. The ship left just a week after he reported for duty, so he didn't have time to find a place to live. The O'Kane is currently in the 5th fleet area of operations (Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, etc.) and is due back at Pearl in February.

    After he gets settled in, we'll have to pay him a visit.

    My dad, uncle, and stepfather all served in the Navy during WWII, but I have few details, other than the first two were doctors and the third was on a minesweeper.
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    Re: Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941 - Never Forget

    All such interesting stories - indeed.

    As I stated, my Grandpa Rex (1918-2000) served in the US Army from 1939 until 1944 when he was honorably discharged because of hearing loss. my Grandma Ginny (Virginia) (1919-2002) served in an Army Hospital in the 1940's up until she 'made a break for Hollywood', as I used to say - she moved to Los Angeles in 1945. My great Uncles all served the country during World War 2.

    My wife's late Grandpa Robert was actor, Victor Mature's commanding officer. Her other Grandpa (passed on) was friendly with Error Flynn during WW2 - we have photos of both Grandpa's with both movie stars during the war. Interesting....

    I don't know of any Actors these days willing to risk their lives and serve there country. The WW2 Generation was a very special generation, indeed.

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    I vividly remember going to visit Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1990 (the day after Pearl Harbor day). Even to a 15 y/o kid, it had a VERY profound effect on me.

    I think the thing I miss most about having my grandfather, and Belle's grandfather around are the stories about their experiences in WWII. Both were stationed in the pacific. I could just sit for hours and hours and listen to these two incredible men tell their stories. Even when they started repeating the same stories in their later years, they were still great.


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    My grandfather served in europe, he jumped out of planes..."paratrooper" IDK, he dosen't talk much about the war and the few stories he has shared were absolutely horrifying. I feel bad for him.

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    Re: Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941 - Never Forget

    ^^^ ^^^

    Points well taken, DD.

    My best friend's father was part of the D-Day invasion. I would have loved to hear some of his stories. But he long before had stopped talking about it...the memories, still too painful.

    We must never forget the meaning of dates like December 7, 1941.

    And if you've never read "Flags Of Our Fathers" or seen the movie, I heartily recommed both.

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    Re: Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941 - Never Forget

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    I vividly remember going to visit Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1990 (the day after Pearl Harbor day). Even to a 15 y/o kid, it had a VERY profound effect on me.

    I think the thing I miss most about having my grandfather, and Belle's grandfather around are the stories about their experiences in WWII. Both were stationed in the pacific. I could just sit for hours and hours and listen to these two incredible men tell their stories. Even when they started repeating the same stories in their later years, they were still great.
    Please! Get a journal and write down every story you can remember, so that you'll be able to give that to your children and they to thiers. That's what my father did, and I treasure that journal with all my heart.

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