Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pearl Harbor Day thoughts

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

Pearl Harbor day. Not a good day for America in 1941, but it became an opportunity to rally forth and show America's inherent greatness. We lost at least 2400 Americans in this attack (Not unlike that sneak attack on 9/11); But I will be different, I am sorry for the loss but the attack removed the Navy's Battleship Fleet as an effective primary fighting force which compelled our leaders to shape a new war plan with the Aircraft Carrier as the focus of our fight. Had we attempted to combat the Japanese with the old battleships, we might have lost over 15K valuable, experienced Sailors as those ships would have been destroyed in the early part of the war. Instead, those Battleship sailors became the core of a mighty Navy which built more ships and they trained the future crews necessary to win this war.

Today, the smell of cookies' baking floats out of the kitchen and into the rest of our house. I think the Sailors and Marines of Pearl Harbor would think that this would be a fitting tribute to their sacrifice for the American way of life. 

We will get to boating again, soon.


Buck said...

re: "a new war plan"

It's just a great good thing the carriers were out to sea that Sunday morning.

Ken n Cheryl said...

Visited Pearl Harbor in 2009... such a tragedy, but glad it wasn't more. If in Oahu this is a must-see!

Barco Sin Vela II said...

Thanks Guys...

Yes, Buck. Sometimes things work out just right.

K&C; Visited the Memorial in 1983 while I was in port while doing Westpac onbd the HMCS Provider.

I was 21 back then and it reminded me of all the folks my age who had to step up without any notice.