Thursday, December 6, 2007

"A Day That Shall Live in Infamy"

Shortly after 8am on Sunday December 7, 1941, Japanese planes swooped in over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  By days end 5 of 8 battleships were sunk or sinking, several other ships and most of the combat planes were also destroyed and 2,400 hundred Americans were dead. 

This attack prompted thousands of young men to run to their local enlistment office to sign up for military service of their country.  World War II was off to a running start.

I remember my mom and dad talking about those days..my mom was "great with child" (me) and my dad was working 12 hour shifts on the railroad.  They were here on the west coast of Washington, close to several military bases.  Mom's parent's in eastern Washington begged her to get on a train and come home.  They were afraid the city would be bombed and she'd have her baby in the street. She considered it but in the end, she stayed here and was safely delivered less than a month later.  There were mandatory "black outs", I understand you couldn't even even light a match or smoke a cigarette outside after dark for fear that an enemy plane would be flying over the area and see the smallest flicker of a match.  I remember being told that my dad was chosen "Block Watch Captain."  He had to walk thru the neighborhood each night, making sure that windows were covered with dark cloths and no outdoor lights were burning.  By July of 1942, my dad was one of the thousands that had enlisted in the Army and was off to war...

It wasn't long before western Washington as well as other areas, rounded up Japanese citizens and hustled them off to internment camps. The U.S. government convinced that they were enemies living among us.  Even our own Puyallup Fair grounds served as a camp.  Many of these dear people had been born and raised here, they had farms, businesses, and were well known citizens but because of their race they were suddenly considered the enemy.  I think this is one of the saddest things that ever happened....a little over re-acting by our government officials.  Later many of these Japanese men were allowed to join the military and formed their own battalions and fought the enemy valiantly.  After the war when the people were released from the camps, they came back to find their houses and businesses gone...taken over by others. 

I'll be curious to see if there's any mention of Pearl Harbor on the news or in our local newspapers.  Last year I found a small mention of it in the back of the first section of my paper.  Not much said about it on T.V.

I hope we can all pause for a moment today and remember those who lost their lives on that day 66 years ago.

12 comments:

mariealicejoan said...

A day we must never forget.  Thanks for the very timely reminder Linda.
Marie
http://journals.aol.co.uk/mariealicejoan/MariesMuses/

mleppard06 said...

Thank-u for the reminder, I will be thinking of those poor people and the soilders who are fighting still. mrs t x

ally123130585918 said...

Linda that is a time we must never forget ~ thankyou for the write up of what happened that day ~ Ally x

buggieboo1 said...

Thanks for this post!  I will keep them in my thoughts today!




~~Make it a Great day~~

Sharon

http://journals.aol.com/buggieboo1/ImASurvivor/

pharmolo said...

Thanks for the reminder, Linda

hugsdoodlewacky said...

((((((((((((((((((((LINDA))))))))))Thank you for sharing this with us and for the remidner.Have a nice weekend.

sugarsweet056 said...

Nice tribute. TY! I did one yesterday.
Sugar

breakaway1968 said...

Your right..I didn't see anything yet about it either but there were alot of mention about things that don't matter in this life....like what Britney wore out last night!  This was nice to read!  My son had a report to do and he chose this for his title and I really learned alot!  It was fun working with him on it.  My dad was in WWII and when he got home he started drinking...must have been horrible over there!  Have a great day today :)

wwfbison said...

There has been no mention on our local news this morning which I think is terrible.  It is a huge part of our history and with so many lives lost you would think people would honor this day.  Interesting story about your family ~ I remember my grandma telling me about the black outs - they scared me as a child.  Nice entry Linda.
Lisa

robinngabster said...

We never forget Pearl Habor...but it is a shame as the years go on less and less is mentioned of it.   I noticed the flags all hung low today on base...will have to see if they did that at Gabby's school.

jeadie05 said...

I once read a story ,about the Japanese who were interred in camps ,imagine that being your Pullallup park that was used ,Another peice of important history consigned to the dusty archives ...love Jan xx

fasttrack58 said...

I heard a mention of it on the radio on the way home from work, they said it was the 9/11 of the war....
Linda...