Skip to comments.Where we were when Pearl Harbor was attacked
Posted on 12/02/2005 5:57:53 AM PST by Moonraker
On December 7, future U.S. President George H.W. Bush was a 17-year-old student and captain of the baseball team at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. "I remember it well," he says. "We had just left church and started to walk across campus when someone shouted out, 'Pearl Harbor's been bombed.'"
On his 18th birthday, the following June, Bush signed up to become a Naval aviator. He completed flight school and earned his commission a few days before his 19th birthday making him the youngest aviator in the Navy at that time.
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Bush was stunned. John Kennedy asked, "I thought her name was Pearl Bailey?"
Thanks, that was a good, light, read.
It was my Mom's 21st birthday. Some way to remember it!
I was not around yet. But my mothers brother was aboard the U.S.S. Arizona. I never got to meet my uncle.
My GRANDMOTHER was 15 years old!
Just goes to show you, all age groups are welcome to FreeRepublic! :-)
Hey,C'mon...that's not fair.JFK(and his brother Joe,for that matter) served honorably in WWII,as did former President Bush and many others.
In fact,JFK was,IMO,the last prominent (influential) democRAT to be worthy of the respect of today's Republicans/ conservatives.
I don't remember. I was 2-1/2 months old at the time.
My dad was drafted near the end of the war, but didn't see any combat.
Since I was not yet born -- nor, I think, was my mother -- I cannot truly say.
Considering the time difference between Hawaii and MA, does this statement strike anyone else as...odd?
JFK was known for his pursuit of women of any age.
Help drive your local leftists further off the edge. ;)
Pearl Harbor Ping
Why should it? Around 1:00 pm MA time.
He left Church. Probably hanging out with friends awhile afterwards then walked across campus.
That's about right.
News of the attack on Pearl Harbor left an indelible impression on the minds of those people old enough at the time to understand the implications. Just like 911 is to more recent generations. My parents (Canadians) remembered precisely were they were when they first heard the news on that fateful Sunday in December 1941.
Where was I? Well, since my dad was only 1 1/2 years old, I was nowhere near Pearl so it wasn't my fault. But I'm sure the MSM could find some way to blame George HW for all of it.
In all seriousness though ... may God bless the souls of all of the men that died there on that fateful day.
It possibly would if satellite transmissions and CNN had existed back then.
My mom was born the next day (Dec. 8, 1941).
"I thought her name was Pearl Bailey?"
You can't do that joke in this time of metastasizing PC, but I remember Flip Wilson doing it on TV.
My Mom and Dad, not yet married, were at a Redskins game. My Dad died in 1977, but I remember him telling me that he thought something was going on when lots of young junior officers started coming into Griffith Stadium to tell thier boss what had happened. Of course, these officers and thier bosses immediately left the game. I don't remember if he said there was any PA announcement, or if he learned it for certain once they left the stadium. I'm sure all the papers ran extra's. He was a season ticket holder back then, and I still have them. After the last two weeks I am beginning to think I am out of my mind.
I wasn't born yet. I did have a great uncle who fought in WW2 and became a POW. He was held for a couple of months and my great grandmother received a telegram telling her he was MIA. Somehow he escaped and made it to American troops. Sent home. That is all I know. He would never talk about it. But his mom saved the telegram and she had his dogtags and picture.
I was in my crib, being only 27 days old; maybe my oldest sister was holding me, as she was a great help to my Mom.
Yes,that's the commonly held belief.Assuming that it's true it represents a serious character flaw.
But you have to admit that this country would be *much* better off if the leaders of today's democRAT Party had marital infidelity as their most serious character flaw.
Can you see any current day democRAT suggesting that Americans should "ask not what your country can do for you"? Or to declare that America should "suppport any friend and oppose any foe"?
I could go on,but I think you get the picture.
I have read many of the writings and speeches of JFK.
By today's standards the man was no Liberal. If he ran for office today, I'd likely vote for him.
I was eleven years old and living in Oasis, CA where my dad was a shift foreman at the Lady Easter talc mine.
My dad was an ensign on the USS Phoenix sitting in Pearl Harbor. He said it took them 30 minutes to build up enough steam before they could get underway. They did not get hit. Dad said the Phoenix was the luckiest ship in the navy.
Yes, those who died young and unmarried seem to sort of evaporate. But they gave all. My father was in the Navy and at Iwo Jima and Leyte Gulf, he survived. His first cousin was killed at Anzio beach in '44, we never knew him, nor anything about him.
Getting a package ready now for relative in Iraq.
I agree.In a book I read a few years back (can't recall the title or author) it was claimed that the Kennedy sons learned that stuff from their old man (who was a scumbag of the first order) and that,in fact,their old man used to try to scoop the sons' girlfriends for bed partners.
No,JFK was far from perfect but was,philospoically at least,a choir boy compared to today's democRAT leaders.
Dh's grandfather died there that day.
But my dad was a sophomore at The Citadel. He was sitting in the language lab, listening to a Spanish-language shortwave broadcast. When the announcer came on the radio and said that Pearl had been bombed, he wasn't sure he had heard it correctly - so he called the instructor over, and he listened, and told him that indeed he HAD heard it correctly.
Dad's mom had a friend on the draft board back home in Rome GA, who told her that his number would be coming up. So he didn't bother to go back to school for spring semester, figuring he would pay all that tuition and just get drafted and lose all his credits and his (or his mom's) money too. So he hung around home, got bored, and went down and enlisted! North Africa, Italy, Trieste, and the Greek elections . . . got shot at but everybody mostly missed, he was wounded very slightly but too embarassed to take a Purple Heart.
Yes, if the Dems would go back to that sort of Political course, instead of where they are now, trying to sink the ship to save their own politcal hides.
I had been conceived at that time, to be born on the birthday (June 12) of H.W. Bush. My Dad and his four brothers all served with four of them in hostle hell fire. I owe them so much. I hope the spelling is right, I am having trouble seeing, somebody left the water running.
Another relatively minor,but revealing,tidbit of info about what is rightly called "The Greatest Generation". Kerry,for one,wasn't nearly as easily embarrassed as was your Dad.
Sunday, December 7, 1941, was 'Bloody Sunday' for my dad who was a salesman in Shreveport, Louisiana at the time. He went on to serve in Euprope.
Sunday, December 7, 2003, was 'Bloody Sunday' for my son who was a soldier with the 101st in Mosul. An IED had killed his best friend just moments after they had parted on separate assignments. Later he helped wash the blood out of the Humvee and present the eulogy at the memorial service.
Both my father and my son have their on December 7ths to mark their lives and I sit here as a 'tweener'of sorts wondering at it all. My dad and my son are far better men than me.
There are things,IMO,that are more easily excused when one is 19 and single than when one is 40,married,with children.
I think it's widely believed that JFK was "gettin' it on" with Marilyn Monroe and Judith Exner while at the WH.If true,I think this goes beyond "youthful indiscrtions".
But,if true,JFK would *still* (IMO) be head and shoulders above the likes of Kerry,fitness-for-the-Presidency-wise.
I was around -- in Massachusetts. I was 10 and my family was visiting another family. When the news came over the radio, someone said ---"Where's Pearl Harbor"?. Julie, was the daughter of the family we were with, and when we were outside with some friends, she started to cry and wail, and carry on because she had relatives in California. My thoughts were that she'd do anything, as usual, to get attention. (nasty me)
Are you certain of that? After all,you *did* learn from your Dad.And from whom did your son learn?
My Dad was in the Army at the time, and most likely would have taken part in an invasion of Japan had we not dropped the bomb and forced their surrender. It is very possible that I am here today because of what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
My dad had his orders cut to proceed to the Pacific theater . . . that's bad enough . . . but my father in law had HIS orders cut for the invasion of mainland Japan! He was Signal Corps at that time (later Army Air Corps and Air Force . . . retired as a bird colonel) and had already been thoroughly shot at on Iwo and Saipan, had his jeep blown out from under him on Iwo without so much as a scratch sustained. But I think his luck would have run out in a mainland invasion . . .
...until it ran up against the British Navy in the Falkland Islands.
Was your father around when the Phoenix met her doom? Torpedoed by a British submarine with the loss of hundreds of lives in icy waters. Brrrr!
7:00 AM Pearl - 12:00 PM Boston
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