Friday, December 7, 2012

DID YOU KNOW ME THEN?


DID YOU KNOW ME THEN
I was born in a small town in the mid-west or was it a large city back east?
I can’t remember anymore.
Did you know me then?
I remember getting the chores done so I could go to the Saturday matinee or was it the baseball game.
I can’t remember anymore.
Did you know me then?
I remember the depression of the 1930’s and Papa working so hard to care for the family,
Anyway he could with odd jobs. I especially remember Mama making ends meet.
Papa was stern with the family but, Mama sweet Mama , what an angel she was.
Did you know me then?
I remember the swimming hole that we swam in, the bicycle rides, the picnics.
Did you know me then?
I remember school, Boy, do I remember School. I remember the soda shop and the good times after school.
I remember Mary the girl next door or was it Sue the girl I met at the dance.
I can’t remember anymore.
Did you know me then?
I remember people talking about the war in Europe,
But we’re in America why worry about what’s going on there.
This is America, the land of opportunity. We would never get involved in their problems.
Did you know me then?
I remember my brother Bob and I enlisting in the Navy together.
I remember Mama insisting that we serve on the same ship together, so we could take care of each other.
Did you know us then?
I remember our being assigned to the battleship USS Arizona, she was a beautiful sight to behold.
I remember when we were told we were to be home ported in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu.
Wow! Hula girls, grass skirts, beautiful beaches. Paradise, a dream come true.
Did you know us then?
I remember December 6, we all went to Bloch Arena to watch the battle of the music competition.
The music played by the bands was great.
Did you know us then?
I remember Sunday, December 7, not too much going on, just lying around.
Then that thundering noise that broke the Sunday morning quiet. It sounded like hundreds of aircraft.
I remember the explosion, my breath and whole being taken away from me.
Did you know me then?
I can hear Mama crying, Papa hasn’t cried yet.
I want to tell him “It’s ok to cry , Papa, every tear is a prayer”
We’ve been home ported here for a very long time.
I can see our buddies aboard other ships saluting as they pass by. I hope they see me returning their salute.
Do they know me?
My buddies and I are really at peace now. Pray for us!
Did you know me?
Then if you knew us, remember us always.
– John Vierra, Park Ranger, USS Arizona Memorial

It's always difficult to think or write about war. But, it is imperative some times, to take the time to think, study, and, write about it. We cannot plead, and strive for peace, unless we try our best to remember history and, share the facts with others.

These are some of the facts I learned yesterday about WWII and Pearl Harbor. The American people did not want to go to war until after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Our government was aiding Chinese forces and wanted to go to war. But too many citizens were opposed and held back the powers within our government. It was only after the attack on our Naval forces that America declared war against Japan and soon became fully engaged in all facets of WWII. Do you know why Pearl Harbor was attacked? Japan had plans to invade Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.

Only one thing stood in their way and that was the United States Naval base in Pearl Harbor
This film contains rare color film of Pearl Harbor. It also has, interviews from a Japanese vetran WWII pilot and an American veteran who served on the USS Oklahoma stationed at Pearl Harbor.



This last video is a must see because of the wonderful old music played in it. The music is a grand tribute and it contains a lot of details not mentioned in the film above. They are both must sees. Listen if I got into watching anything about a war then it has to be good. I am not a big war movie buff. But I am so grateful I took the time to watch these.


~You are not forgotten!~
Thank you to all of America's veterans, troops and their families!
~God Bless our troops and God Bless America~

My  friend Vanilla a retired teacher is also posting about Pearl Harbor today. He didn't tell me what but he always comes up with something interesting and extraordinary. Mike also has a great tribute posted. 

~May God bless us each and everyone today and always!~

9 comments:

  1. Jackie, you have done a wonderful job in preparing this post. It is so important that we know and remember our history. Thanks for the link.

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    1. Thank you Vanilla. I was really stumped yesterday as to what to post. So, I called my son-in-law a soldier and war history buff.

      After speaking to him I realized that I only knew a wee bit about Pearl Harbor. My curiosity rose and I started hunting for facts.

      Pam is designing a special class right now about 'The Trench Poets' of WWI and she lead me to a poem.

      Oh my goodness one could write an entire blog just about Pearl Harbor and the events that followed. I am still in shock at how very little actual history I did know it.

      History was and always has been one of favorite subjects. But this is one area of history I now know I am lacking knowledge in.

      Thank you for letting me link to you and thank you for visiting. I'll be right over and see what you have up!
      Blessings!

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  2. Very, very well said! Let us hope we never forget what happened on that day that will live in infamy.

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    1. Thanks Shelly and you are so very correct about us never forgetting!!

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  3. Very nicely done Jackie. Hubby and I visited the Arizona when we cruised to Hawaii earlier this year. So much history pertaining to Pearl Harbor.

    Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs. :)

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    1. Okay a cruise to Hawaii...did I mention I am up for adoption...lol? I want to come go with you guys sailing!!

      I would love to go to Hawaii and learn more abou this first hand!
      Big hugs right back at ya!:-)
      Thanks Sandee and I hope you have a terrific day too!

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  4. Beautiful Tribute, My father in law was in WWII, you did them proud. Thank you for sharing those videos and some information from this time that I never knew
    Janet :)

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    1. I never never all of it either Janet. I am so glad I decided to research it more myself. I am glad you enjoyed the post!

      And a big thank you to your father-in-law and his service to our country!:-)

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  5. That was very well done, Jackie. My grandfather fought the Japanese in India and Burma and knew just how ruthless they were as enemies.

    As to the reasons for the Japanese attacks that goes a little bit deeper, beyond mere invasion plans. It might be said that the Pacific campaign was the first of history’s oil wars. The Japanese were bogged down in China, the army running short of fuel. With no natural resources of their own, the overall problem was compounded by Roosevelt’s oil embargo. Seizure of the oil-rich Dutch East Indies was one way of breaking the deadlock.

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