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Where we were when Pearl Harbor was attacked
World Defense Review ^ | December 2, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: 1941; army; attack; buckley; bush; destroyer; division; dole; harbor; ii; navy; pearl; pearlharbor; seal; seals; tuskegee; war; world; wwii
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1 posted on 12/02/2005 5:57:54 AM PST by Moonraker
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To: Moonraker
'Pearl Harbor's bombed.'

Bush was stunned. John Kennedy asked, "I thought her name was Pearl Bailey?"

2 posted on 12/02/2005 6:07:02 AM PST by theDentist (The Dems have put all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: Moonraker

Thanks, that was a good, light, read.


3 posted on 12/02/2005 6:08:12 AM PST by brothers4thID (Do you stand with us, or are you going to just stand in the way?)
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To: Moonraker

It was my Mom's 21st birthday. Some way to remember it!


4 posted on 12/02/2005 6:10:49 AM PST by COBOL2Java (The Katrina Media never gets anything right, so why should I believe them?)
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To: Moonraker
Every time I read something like this, I think of a picture from my great aunt's photo album - it shows a small baby boy smiling at the camera. It reads cousin Roberts adopted son - killed in WW2 - nothing else is written on the picture, And all of the older relatives have passed away, He's just a nameless young man who gave his life for America. When my cousin was in Iraq, I made sure he got a big package every 2 weeks from home.
Support our troops.
5 posted on 12/02/2005 6:12:16 AM PST by Waverunner
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To: Moonraker
This fellow looks a wee bit too young to be using the word "we" in the title...


6 posted on 12/02/2005 6:12:56 AM PST by COBOL2Java (The Katrina Media never gets anything right, so why should I believe them?)
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To: Moonraker

I was not around yet. But my mothers brother was aboard the U.S.S. Arizona. I never got to meet my uncle.


7 posted on 12/02/2005 6:13:22 AM PST by BigCinBigD (Merry Christmas!)
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To: COBOL2Java

My GRANDMOTHER was 15 years old!


8 posted on 12/02/2005 6:13:36 AM PST by RockinRight (Itís likely for a Conservative to be a Republican, but not always the other way around)
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To: RockinRight

Just goes to show you, all age groups are welcome to FreeRepublic! :-)


9 posted on 12/02/2005 6:15:27 AM PST by COBOL2Java (The Katrina Media never gets anything right, so why should I believe them?)
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To: theDentist
....John Kennedy asked, "I thought her name was Pearl Bailey?"

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.

10 posted on 12/02/2005 6:16:33 AM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: Moonraker
I am a generation away from these folk, but have known several who were on-site at the time.

A friend an former workmate was the flyweight boxing champion of Schoffield Barracks when the attack hit.

Another friend of the family was a young Army Air Corps wife living on base with her junior officer husband.

Another couple were first generation Japanese Americans living at home in Pearl City. The future wife was walking her younger sister home after church when the attack began. The future husband initially thought it was some kind of an exercise at first and watched the attack from the top of a hillside garage in Pearl City.

"The greatest generation".. sadly leaving us each day.
11 posted on 12/02/2005 6:16:54 AM PST by Amish
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To: Moonraker

I don't remember. I was 2-1/2 months old at the time.


12 posted on 12/02/2005 6:17:00 AM PST by i_dont_chat (Houston, TX)
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To: i_dont_chat

My dad was drafted near the end of the war, but didn't see any combat.


13 posted on 12/02/2005 6:18:07 AM PST by i_dont_chat (Houston, TX)
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To: Moonraker
Where we were when Pearl Harbor was attacked

Since I was not yet born -- nor, I think, was my mother -- I cannot truly say.

14 posted on 12/02/2005 6:18:08 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading The Article Since 1999)
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To: Moonraker
"We had just left church and started to walk across campus when someone shouted out, 'Pearl Harbor's been bombed.'"

Considering the time difference between Hawaii and MA, does this statement strike anyone else as...odd?

15 posted on 12/02/2005 6:18:34 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (This is my tagline. There are many like it but this one is mine.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

JFK was known for his pursuit of women of any age.


16 posted on 12/02/2005 6:21:56 AM PST by theDentist (The Dems have put all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: Moonraker
Don't forget ... if you fly the Stars & Bars ... to fly it at half mast on December 7th.

Help drive your local leftists further off the edge. ;)






17 posted on 12/02/2005 6:24:59 AM PST by G.Mason (You don't recycle the enemy Democrats, you bury them.)
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To: zot; Hurtgen; Interesting Times

Pearl Harbor Ping


18 posted on 12/02/2005 6:28:18 AM PST by GreyFriar
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

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.


19 posted on 12/02/2005 6:28:18 AM PST by Moonraker
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To: Moonraker

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.


20 posted on 12/02/2005 6:30:55 AM PST by BluH2o
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