Remembering the Pearl Harbor day attack

On such a momentous day, I thought it appropriate that we remember the actual events that took place 71 years ago when Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese. Here’s a short documentary of that day as we pay tribute today to the men who gave their lives for our freedom:

Let us never forget those who have gone before us, who have given the ultimate sacrifice to guarantee our freedom in this great land. Let us never forget the men of Pearl Harbor.

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  • Thank you Scoop. It’a a solemn day, and I pray kids are learning about this, truthfully. I know mine is.

    God Bless and keep our troops safe.

    • Orangeone

      We know for certain one young home-schooled young man is learning the truth!

      • Yes sis he is. xoxoxo

        • Orangeone

          True knowledge spreads with the education of one!

      • BlueGood

        I have studied this in books and film, it is an annual pilgrimage for me as it occurs the day b-4 my B-day…

        Can’t state it clearly enough….So Sorry America, but also so grateful for your resolve to help nail those PRYCKS of the Japaneses AND Nazis…..that tried to take over the planet…

        God’s Blessings to those who were lost and their families who lost….

        • Orangeone

          Happy Birthday tomorrow BlueGood!  May your b-d gift be a freezer full of venison to enjoy throughout the winter

          • BlueGood

            Awe Shucks Mam…..ya ha!……….

    • Conservative_Hippie


  • Rshill7

    Forever young. May they be forever honored. Attacked by those who worshiped a mortal man. The free world mobilized and stood up to maniacal ideology, and prevailed.

    My prayer is that we can do it again. These ideologies did not perish from the Earth, even after decisive defeat. They simply morphed. They now infiltrate our own nation, in every state, city and municipality.

    We must never surrender our faith or our freedom.

    One more thing to our fallen Patriots. You did not really fall, you were lifted up. I often wish you were here, and at times wish I were there, in Heavenly places.

    Christmas in Heaven…Wow! What must that be like? I’ll find out a little later. See ya’ then.

    • You made me cry mybear- but in a good way. Thank you.

      • Rshill7

        Me too sister. Me too.

    • sjmom

      What a post; you outdid your usual eloquence. Kudos.

      • Conservative_Hippie

        Agreed! Rshill is a keeper!

    • Conservative_Hippie

      Right on Rshill!


    …may the G-D of Abraham Bless the GREATEST GENERATION to have ever lived or died with HONOUR to preserve our LIBERTY .”

  • “the resolution passes with only one dissenting vote”

    Ron Paul was in congress in 1941!?!?!?

  • tshtsh

    The lone standout against the Declaration of War following Pearl Harbor was Jeannette Rankin(R) of Montana. She did the same thing during WWII.

    • tinlizzieowner

      Google ‘The America First Committee’. These were the anti-war activists of the early 40’s. The America First Committee was dissolved on Dec. 11 1941, they were very powerful but you won’t find much about them in the history books anymore.

  • tinlizzieowner

    This is (and 9/11) are the kind of things that happen when we sit on our butts, thinking that we can ‘negotiate’ with everybody. We knew that there was a distinct possibility that Pearl Harbor could be attacked as early as Feb. 1941 and I have documents in the museum from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, indicating that. We have lost 3 members of ‘the greatest generation’ that worked in the museum, in the last 2 weeks. Honor these men (and women) while we still have time.

    • Thank you tinlizzieowner for the link. Going to add this with my son’s history lesson today.

      • tinlizzieowner

        We’re a very small museum. Conceived by Vets, created by Vets and almost totally run by Vets. We’re not a ‘war’ museum, we tell the story of those who go fight wars, in a very first hand, personal way.

        • You guys are about an hour away from me!!! I’m going to have to come up there very soon!!! Thank you for the link especially now!!
          Could we bring our homeschool group some time? We’re not a big group, but good kids who love our service members!

          • tinlizzieowner

            Absolutely, we would love to have them. In fact, if you were to make it one of the last 2 Sunday’s of this month, I would see to it personally they got the VIP tour.
            I don’t know our January schedule yet but my Mrs. and I run the place, usually 2 Sunday’s a month.

            • We’ll have to get together soon! I don’t know about schedules right now either, but I just posted the link to my homeschool group 😉 It’d be awesome to go and see everything and to meet you too!! If I see you on here, when we’ve decided to come, I will certainly let you know! Now that I know you’re there Sundays, we can make sure to see you. Thank you so much my friend!

              • tinlizzieowner

                If I get enough lead time, I will set up my Sunday schedule to be there, working or not.

                • I would be very honored. So would my son. We’re both excited about going. Thank you so much tinlizzieowner!

                • tinlizzieowner

                  If Pat Thornton shows up, like he usually does on Sundays, you will learn a lot about WW2 from a guy who went through Europe with Gen. Patton and you might just walk away with a bunch of (free) DVD’s of the Doolittle Raiders, the Navaho Code talkers, The Tuskegee Airmen, and other notable people who have appeared at the museum, that he has taken over the years. 😉

                • Oh wow, that’d be awesome! I saw a movie about the Code Talkers, that was very interesting! I’ve also read about the Tuskegee Airmen. I regret that I didn’t have more time with my father in law. He passed away about 7 months after I married his son. I only heard a few stories, and learned a little more after he passed. I’ve been researching his ships that he served on, but he was on a couple first which were sunk, and I don’t know which ones they were. The last one he served on, also the longest time was USS Converse.
                  I really am looking forward to this tinlizziedriver. I can’t tell you how much of an honor it will be to come and meet some of you dear folks and learn so much. God Bless what you all are preserving.

                • Conservative_Hippie

                  This is Awesome!! So excited for you all!!

                • ME TOO!!! 😀

          • Orangeone

            Sis, let me know if you need a business-owner sponsor to fund that field trip 🙂

            • Thank you sis. Sweet offer, but I think we can swing this one! I’ve got something very special now to look forward to!

              • Orangeone

                It would be my pleasure to help. They are a 501(c)(3) org so it would help me pay less tax to the feds and MN!

        • sjmom

          Where is the museum?

          • Southwest Florida.

          • tinlizzieowner

            Punta Gorda Florida. That’s about half way between Sarasota and Fort Myers, on the gulf coast.

    • Conservative_Hippie

      Incredible tin! Thanks for sharing! I concur with you about the fact we knew they might attack. I also have information that I will share someday, probably in a book.

  • stage9

    RIP brothers in arms….

    • Conservative_Hippie


  • If anyone has a chance and some time, this is a must see:

    • tinlizzieowner

      Too bad you don’t live down here. I’d be happy to dress your son up in a Flack Jacket, a helmet, a (plastic) M-1 and some real grenades (disarmed, of course) to take pictures of him. We do it all the time.

      • You guys are about an hour away from me!!! See my reply above! He would SO LOVE that!!!

      • Orangeone

        Is your museum a nonprofit organization???????

        • tinlizzieowner

          Yes, a 501-C3. Thanks to this economy, we have lost most of our grants and we are pretty much running the place on donations and out of our wallets. 🙁

          • Orangeone

            Might you post a link to the org’s website so I can make a donation before year’s end?

            • tinlizzieowner

              Or e-mail [email protected] Title your e-mail ‘Donations’ and tell her Dennis & Lee Ann sent you. She will tell you what to do from there. You can also call
              941-575-9002 and ask to talk Kim or Laurie 9 to 5 Mon.-Fri.

              • Orangeone

                Thank you, I will!

              • Orangeone

                I hope it’s okay, I tweeted out the Museum and link on Twitter to my followers too!

                • tinlizzieowner

                  I don’t have any problems with that and I doubt the boss will either.

                • Orangeone

                  I asked follower to retweet so hopefully the word spreads. Twitter is filled with veterans with lots of Pearl Harbor tweeting going on! I’ll tweet a few times today and then on a periodic basis.  Thanks for your help!

                • tinlizzieowner

                  I just called Laurie at the museum, Kim is on vacation until Monday. I wanted them to have a ‘head’s up’ on the home school visit and the possible donations. Laurie is delighted with it, Kim will be too. We will make all of this work. Mrs. tinlizzieowner is reading all of this too right now on her computer. 🙂 She’s a Vet too. Woman’s Army Corps. 69-71. One of those very rare women of the Viet Nam era who chose ‘Dog Tags’ over ‘Love Beads’. She also works at the museum and will also be there.

                • Orangeone

                  Bless everyone’s heart who have served and those supporting those who have served this great nation.  We are the best country in the world and today is just another example of why we are so distinct!

                • Orangeone

                  colliemum just retweeted to her followers.  AmericanBorninCanada, Kong1967, PDXLady, Wolfie2011 and Scoop follow me on Twitter and I know they will help spread the word by retweeting to their followers too!

                • I’ll be on shortly to tweet as well 🙂

                • Orangeone

                  Love ya Sis!  I’m going to tweet about FisherHouse too!!!! Lots of tweeters looking for end of year donations rather than give $$ to Barky Boy

                • Thank you sis. Fisher House is important to me.

              • My father in law’s name was Dennis. He served in the Pacific. Signed up after Pearl Harbor like so many boys.

                • tinlizzieowner

                  My (late) father was in the Navy in WW2, my step father was in the Army and my mom was a ‘Rosie the riveter’. She ran the tool crib at Stewart Field, West Point NY during the war. All 3 of them are part of the exhibits in the museum, they are all gone now.

                • You and so many others are national treasures tinlizzie. I am grateful. Very grateful.

                • tinlizzieowner

                  No, I’m a lightweight compared to the men (and the women) I serve with. I’m just an very outspoken, crabby old man whose seen enough of this world at war to know and love what we have here. I’m going to close out with probably the best version of the National Anthem ever, as far as I’m concerned. I’ve watched this a hundred times and I still have to wipe the tears out of my eyes.

                  This is what we go to war for folks.

                • I love crabby old men. I love that version too. Thank you friend. It’s been an amazing conversation today. A real blessing. Thank you.

  • wodiej

    double post

  • Sober_Thinking

    Amen. Thank you for sharing this Scoop!

    Visit the memorial… it’s VERY sobering.

  • One of the most important days in American history. Hopefully, ALL Americans will take a few moments today to remember what happened on 7 December 1941 and how that date changed the world. Sad thing is, most people under 50 today don’t really know much about World War II, let alone how it all started and why. It is up to us, the living, to inform future generations of the sacrifices those people made so that we could have a better tomorrow. It’s the least we can do as Americans.

    • Orangeone

      Our public schools should have mandatory 3 minutes of silence today and spend the day discussing what war on our soil was like. Unfortunately, libs would rather ignore the facts and teach of falsehoods.

  • Orangeone

    My Scoop family, I cannot let this solemn day pass without thanking our great veterans, past, present and those currently serving.

    Some of you have seen this great patriotic video by Beau Davidson. One of the gentleman in the video is a WWII veteran. I will be tweeting this link all day.

  • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

    If you haven’t already, watch the movie “American Pastime.” We did last night and learned a lot about the Japanese Americans who incurred big losses fighting for this country.

  • Orangeone

    Although their lives were not lost that day, 71 years ago, they were forever changed because of their voluntary service to this great country. Hopefully this is okay Scoop, but I would like to thank and honor my Grandfather, a Naval man who served in WWI and the pacific during WWII, a man who passed before I was born. I’d also like honor and thank my father, a Naval man who served in the pacific in WWII who passed many decades ago. And finally I would like to thank and honor my uncle, a Naval man who lied about his age to serve in the pacific in WWII as a young teenager, who today lives his life with other WWII veterans. They fought for our freedoms and I owe them more than I can ever express. Bless you.

  • sjmom

    My mom and I were talking this morning and her memory of this is still very vivid. It was my grandmother’s birthday and the women were in the kitchen fixing Sunday dinner and my dad and granfather were on the porch listening to football on the radio. All of a sudden they heard my grandfather shout, they went running in and the broadcaster had broken into the game with news of the attack.

    For those who lived through it they won’t forget and I pray we and generations to come never will either.

  • Thanks for posting the video. Gave me goosebumps. God Bless all our servicemen and women both past and present.

  • colliemum

    Thanks for putting this documentary up, scoop.

    It is so easy to forget the horror of this attack, which unleashed further horrors across the globe.
    Above all, it is so easy to forget how a peaceful Sunday morning was turned into a flaming, exploding hell which cost so many lives.

    At least then, at that day, in those years, we knew our enemies, and our countries spared nothing to fight them to their total surrender.

    Today, our enemies are within our own countries, and so many have given up and are not prepared to fight.

    • Well said mum. ((()))s.

      • colliemum

        {{{ }}}s to you, too, dear scoop sis!

        I hope your homeschool group visit to that vet museum will go ahead – and that you could give us a brief report!

        The thing is – our vets are such a vital link to our past, and they are not getting any younger. It is a great privilege to be able to meet and speak to them while they are still with us. Film and videos are great, but they’re not the same thing.

        • I know it mum. I will take lots of pictures- but I don’t know that I’d be able to post them for all to see 😉 But we are looking forward to this. It’s SO important to hear it from those who were there, or from others who have served too. xoxoxo I love our Vets. And those serving now. God Bless them.

          • colliemum

            God bless them and their families, indeed.

            It’s difficult for me not to start sniffling when I see our vets on parade, at Remembrance Day or Armed Forces Day: old but so proud, ramrod straight when they can, and they always get the loudest cheers when they march down the High Street.

            • me too mum. I have my own reasons for tears on those days, but other days too. We are blessed because of our military folks, and they deserve to at least know we are willing to fight for them too. ((())s mum.

  • Joe

    May god take care of those HEROES lost in service –

    This is a day that has been miminimalized in our Country


    My greatest fear is that we are now in a similar state of “un-awareness”

    We are NOT READY for a similar attack and it is obvious that this administration is incompetent and could not handle a similar crisis

    As other Militaries BUILD UP – WE are DOWNSIZING

    Thank you again for all those HEROES who have fought and are fighting on our behalf!

    • “Thank you again for all those HEROES who have fought and are fighting on our behalf!”
      We must fight with all we have in us for them Joe. They gave us freedom, we need to fight for them to give it back.

  • Conservative_Hippie

    Most of you know my father was a Pearl harbor Vet. He was stationed on the USS Maryland on the crows nest during most of the attack. I say most of the attack, because it wasn’t until after the first wave of planes hit that he was able to get up to his battle stations.

    I state the above for the following reason…

    I don’t know if I shared this with you all yet, but below is the USS Maryland Action Report from after the attack.

    it lists those that were noted for there bravery and quick thinking. I would like to recognize one of them specifically, his name is Leslie Vernon Short, Seaman First Class. Here is the write up on his act of bravery…

    “a machine gun striker, while writing a letter near one of the guns of M.G. Group A, after observing the bombing of Ford Island, loaded a machine guns and opened fire effectively on the first two approaching torpedo planes, before battle stations had been manned.

    If it weren’t for this man’s act of bravery my father may not have made it to his battle stations, let alone the possibility that the torpedos from the planes he shot down may have killed many llives. I hope to someday meet his realtives and thank them for this man’s incredible act of bravery!

    God Bless our Military – Past, Present and Future! And may we never forget December 7, 1941!

    • tinlizzieowner


    • I love that story C_Brother. I surely do. I’m grateful especially to Seaman Short because you are a blessing to many. If it weren’t for him, you wouldn’t be here either.

      • Conservative_Hippie

        Thanks AbC! God Bless You my Sister!

  • TruLevinian

    I wonder who it was that descended on that vote to declare war. See now that’s a serious thing, and I bet nobody gives a damn. The point: It doesn’t much matter how hard the politicians try to build monuments to themselves, they, just like most of us, will not be remembered. That’s just the way it is.

  • TruLevinian

    Great post by the way!!! Absolutely necessary.

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  • freenca

    Thank you Right Scoop for sharing this film, for remembering the many many lost souls and the dwindling numbers of Pearl Harbor Survivors. It brings to mind all of my Uncles and Dad, who all served in the aftermath of the horrendous attack, all of the neighbors and friends whose service is as precious to us today, in remembering. The many that didn’t return and remain where they fell. Some are to this day being identified and returned to their families today. After 71 years!! Dedication to never fold in the face of danger is their legacy to us and the debt we owe them to preserve Liberty in this world for our children as they did for theirs.

  • Suzyqpie

    Hiroshima pictures before………
    Hiroshima pictures after…..

    • freenca

      The bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and at Nagasaki in order to save at least 1 million lives in an invasion of Japan, as was generally held by all allied commanders of the time. When the general populace learned what a horrible form of warfare it was, no one wanted it again to be used, hence the cold war thereafter. Whether or not that form of war was successful is yet to be seen. The invasion by others, as immigrants and importation of radical philosophies are a question that is starting to be answered now. Pictures are a greatly impacting deterrent to bombs, but not to insideous infiltration by opponents of freedom.

  • Immigrant_from_Socialism7

    Giving the ultimate sacrifice so others have freedom….AMERICA and AMERICANS are the embodiment of selflessness.
    Thank you

  • cabensg

    Don’t know if anyone else is watching this but the History channel has WWII from space and so far it is really great. I’m betting it will be shown again.

    God Bless our Troops past and present.

  • tshtsh

    I remember the Government removing the fleet from Newport Rhode Island (my Dad’s last duty station) to Virginia and worried about so much of the fleet being concentrated in Virginia and in San Diego (West Coast).

  • TLaMana

    If they had launched the third wave and the landing craft then they would have taken Peal and the carriers would have been forced to go back to San Diego leaving the entire Pacific to the Japanese. They also would have had a real foothold in the Aleutians to take Alaska, Western Canada and the Northwestern U.S.

    In other words, we were extremely lucky to even have a real fighting force after the attack. There would never have been a Midway to change the course of the war, and thus, the history books would have been a lot different.

    Europe would have most certainly been Nazi territory. The Soviets would have probably fallen and that would leave America to fight a war on both coasts.

    The outcome would have been all too certain.

    • tinlizzieowner

      If the USS Enterprise hadn’t been caught in a storm, it would have been in Pearl Harbor on the 7th. It arrived on the 8th. The carriers weren’t ‘out on maneuvers’ like the history books say, they were delivering extra planes to places like Midway, for instance.
      Our history books don’t reflect how really close we came to loosing WW2. Or how close the Japanese were to having their own Atomic Bomb.

  • Steve

    Thank you for remembering this day. So many died and so few remember. God bless you and Great God has also blessed the United States of America. He may be furious at our “leaders” and at those that deny him, but he continues to bless those that love him.

  • 12grace

    May G-d bless our military and their families.

  • Pyrran

    It happened before, it will happen again.
    And again, we won’t be ready for it.

    • tinlizzieowner

      That’s right. Pearl Harbor (and 9/11 and Benghazi) happened because we have people in high places who think we can ‘negotiate’ with everybody. It’s kind of like asking a rabid that’s charging at you, ‘can we just be friends?’

  • tinlizzieowner

    I wonder if that fat, capitalist, South Korean who is getting rich with biggest you tube hit ever and once said out troops should die in Iraq and Afghanistan, would be singing the same tune if so many American GI’s didn’t die chasing the North Koreans (and the Chinese Communists), back up to the 38th Parallel.
    😉 😉

  • DebbyX

    They not called The Greatest Generation for nothing.

    Bless our Vets!