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Old 12-07-2015, 12:02 PM
Dan Morris Dan Morris is offline
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74 years ago. 12/07/1941...take a few moments and remember.
Lifes not meant to be a journey to the grave with the intentions of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thouroughly used up, totally wore out,loudly proclaiming....
WOW.....WHAT A RIDE.......
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:47 PM
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FIJI FIJI is offline
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my dad was stationed at Pearl.

Never forget
"The life of this aina', this land, is perpetuated in righteousness for you and I, the people..."
bruddah IZ, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
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Old 12-07-2015, 01:51 PM
Gil Martin Gil Martin is offline
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Well said

All the best...
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Old 12-07-2015, 02:06 PM
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my grandfather was sent there right after and told me they didnt even have buildings set up for them he told me they stayed in big tints on the beach.
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Old 12-08-2015, 03:32 PM
Adam Helmer Adam Helmer is offline
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Very good post. Yes we should reflect. Pearl Harbor was a sad day for the U.S. Admiral Kimmel and General Short had NO Jap intercept machines and Washington had four and only sent such information to the military commanders as was deemed "need to know." As for Kimmel and Short, they had very limited budgets for our peacetime military in those days. We had 105 ships and 485 planes in Hawaii and only the destroyer Ward was patrolling outside the harbor on that fateful Sunday morning. Grounded planes and moored ships did not burn fuel and thus our costs and Negligent due diligence surveillance were the order of the day.

Even the Japanese were stunned they met no picket ships or overhead air cover on their trip to Hawaii. We were surprised that day because we were "asleep at the switch." The old saw, "The Japs surprised us" never did wash because it was our duty to guard against surprise. The limited military budget was a factor. We never did fix the responsibility to which individual decided we did not need to be on watch.

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