Skip to comments.FDR:December 7, 1941, "A Date Which Will Live in Infamy" (Video)
Posted on 12/07/2010 8:13:52 AM PST by lbryce
FDR's Address to The Nation in the aftermath of the sneak attack by the Imperial Forces of Japan on our naval base at Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into World War 2
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We will never forget those who defend and protect us.
My husband told me this morning he was 14 years old when the announcement came. He was playing cards on the floor with other boys and they all stood up and shouted they were going to go “kill the b###s” as soon as they were old enough. Husband was a Navy man.
The attack on Pearl Harbor and my Dad’s and God Father’s response is one of my first memories.
I was a little over 3 years old, and my Dad and God Father had taken me along on a quail hunt.
The hunt was over, we were at my God Father’s car. The doors were open, and they were cleaning the birds. I was apparently feeding my self.
They had the radio on and were listening to something.
Then, I remember both of them cursing and my Dad crying. Which was unusual. The birds, food, and other stuff were put in the trunk, and they drove home. I can remember them being very mad/angry, and I thought that I had done something to make them mad.
I can remember my Mother and God Mother crying when we got home. My Mother didn’t want to let me go after she hugged me. Later we drove a few miles to spend the rest of the day with my Grand Parents. I can remember my Grand Dad being really angry.
I really didn’t know what had happened until years later.
I still don’t understand how the Japs could not visualize the ultimate endpoint of their actions at Pearl.
The responses of your family were and are, quite sane and proper.
Anger, followed by restutitive action is the appropriate response.
Unlike the lingering, wallowing in ineffectual sadness over 9-11. Have we yet settled on the exact dimensions of the “reflecting pool” at Grond Zero? You know, dimensions that will show “proper respect” to those lost on that day?
Whatta great guy he was.
I am glad you posted.
I happened on a couple of Pearl Harbor survivors recently, along with many other WWII vets. What a pleasure. They were so proud. Everyone around them was clapping for them.
Every last American should see the AZ memorial & Pearl & Ford Island. And the video of what happened. The sound of the AZ explosion alone brings tears to your eyes.
These people knew they could lose the war and went at it. Without kevlar. Sometimes, without supplies.
We are and shall be forever grateful.
They decided to fight while they still could versus submit to their economic strangulation.
God bless those brave defenders of Pearl Harbor...
It's our wedding anniversary
Sounds like you subscribe to the “Imperialisitic United States caused WW II” version of history.
I believe they still feature that in the lobby at the UN Building.
The diplomatic corps didn't but they had been silenced years before.
Its hard to believe such ignorance in hindsight but we weren't a superpower in 41.
My folks knew some who died in Hololulu & Pearl and never bought another Japanese product again.
Or you're a realist that believes that countries do what they think is best for themselves. I doubt the Japanese high command sat around saying "hey let's hatch an evil scheme." The US was justified by the Japanese actions in China to put in place sanctions though.
” I doubt the Japanese high command sat around saying “hey let’s hatch an evil scheme.”
Straw man. Who implied that ridiculous, over-the-top position?
The original question had to do with the advisability of viciously attacking the US. It is hard to understand how such a strategy falls under the rubric of “countries do what they think is best for themselves”.
Admiral Yamamoto must not have been a “realist” by your definition, because he clearly recognized the insanity of such a strategy, at the time.
Well that was my original question
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