Pearl Harbor Day

Remember Pearl Harbor? Sixty-six years ago today, as a boy of twelve going on thirteen I remember sitting in our living room listening on our old radio to H. V. Kaltenborn describe the horrendous attack. So, I thought I’d try to Google up something interesting about this 66-year old event.

I found some archived recordings of brief interviews with people on the streets of New York City the day after the attack. They’re pretty brief, about two minutes worth, but capture the amazement and indignation of ordinary people at the time. Worth a listen. Fortunately, I guess, I was too young to serve in the military during WW2.

Here’s a photo of the USS Shaw exploding during the Pearl Harbor attack.

Thanks to the Danz Family for this image.

UPDATE: Would you believe the USS Shaw survived that attack? She got repaired, returned to duty, and earned eleven battle stars during WW2, finally becoming decommissioned on October 2, 1945. Way to go, USS Shaw! See the wiki.

  1. barbara’s avatar

    Hi Mard,
    I had been so busy these past two weeks, but when 7 Dec comes, I cannot forget what that date is.
    It happened where I lived.I have been there several times, either with visiting family or friends. It is quite a moving experience to be there and look down on what remains of her.
    Also by a curious coincidence, my Grandad, John Bernard Sr, did serve during a few years on the Arizona. I found a few letters at my Mom’s home where he writes from the vessel.
    He was not there when it was bombed, but thousands of others were, and I’am sure that he lost more than one buddy 🙁

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    Hi Barb,
    That’s very interesting about your granddad serving on the Arizona. Yes, I’m sure he lost some buddies. Interesting you found letters from him. Well worth keeping. Yes, it must be a moving experience to look down at the remains of the Arizona. I’ve never been to Pearl Harbor, or for that matter Hawaii.
    Thanks pal,
    Mard

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