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Monday, December 7, 2015

Pearl Harbor Day: Let's Remember Our Fallen Heroes and all Those who Serve

Pearl Harbor Day always brings thoughts of my dad who was a survivor of that horrific attack. He was on the U.S.S. Detroit and, as an ensign, was the ranking officer on board. He had just finished the duty watch and was going to bed when the shrill scream of the jets shattered the silence and bombs began exploding in the harbor. Obviously, nobody expected the attack on that early Sunday morning. The battleships, with their boilers down, were sitting ducks. Only two ships got out of the harbor that morning. The Detroit was one. They sent up plenty of fire power but the altitude fuses were locked up so it wasn't very accurate. Perhaps the Detroit was too little a fish for the Japanese to go after. Whatever the reason, they sustained no hits and no injuries. Thank God. My mom was pregnant with my oldest brother and had the Detroit gone down and Daddy been killed, I and my eight other siblings wouldn't be here. Nor would any of our children and many grandchildren.

Thank you, Lord, for protecting both my parents (and my brother) on that day and for getting Mom safely back to the mainland. And on this day of remembrance, please look gently on my dear mom and dad and welcome them into your glory if they are presently in Purgatory. "May the Divine Assistance remain always with us and may the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen."

1 comment:

  1. Thanks very much for sharing your Dad's story.

    My Dad told us it took three days for his parents to sign off his enlistment in the USN at 17 YO. Dad really never told us much about his experiences in WW2. I know he was on several fleet and escort carriers but that is about it. He didnt want to talk about it and we respected his wishes.

    "Before we're through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in Hell." W. Halsey.

    I never had much sympathy or empathy for the destruction rained down on those people. They paid a terrible price for their treachery and barbarity.