Skip to comments.Reporting Live from Pearl Harbor: THOUSANDS GATHER IN THE PREDAWN DARKNESS FOR 78TH ANNIVERSARY OBSERVANCES
Posted on 12/07/2019 9:06:54 AM PST by j.havenfarm
0700 HST: Several thousands gathered before dawn this morning at the Pearl Harbor visitors center to attend this mornings 78th anniversary of the Day that will live in infamy. Security is tight in light of the shootings here and at Pensacola this week. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt will represent the President and deliver the key note speech in ceremonies slated to begin at 750, the hour of the attack. Were privileged to be attending with Arizona survivor Lou Conter. The picture below shows the Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri at dawn. Im summoned to go visit with me Conter. Ill post a link to my sons documentary about him in a bit, and more later
This is the link to my sons Eagle Scout Project documentary about USS Arizona survivor Lou Conter, one of the guests of honor this am.
It was reported on that show that the message to warn everyone arrived eight hours late.
Is that at all true?
In the early morning of Dec. 7, 1941, SIS immediately recognized the importance of the Fourteen Part Message, and after informing the President, the Chief of Staff of the Army alerted the commanders of both the Hawaiian and Philippine departments that the potential for a Japanese attack was high, although the target was still unknown. Given the sensitivity of the message, it had to be sent by telegraph, a process hampered by Sunday office closures. The message reached Honolulu at 7:33 a.m. Hawaii-time and was dispatched by bicycle messenger to Fort Shafter. Half way to his destination, the messenger sought cover in a roadside ditch when the Japanese began its aerial bombardment. He did not reach Fort Shafter until 11:45 a.m. and, by the time the message was decoded and delivered to the Adjutant General’s Office, the time was 2:58 p.m. and the attack was over. Eighteen U.S. ships and 188 aircraft were damaged or lost; human casualties included 2,335 service members and 68 civilians with another 1,178 wounded. Additional losses were suffered during simultaneous attacks on Thailand, Malaya, Singapore, Guam, Hong Kong, Wake and the Philippine Islands.
Thanks for posting. R.I.P. Thanks to all who have served, all who are serving and all who will serve in the future and their families. America’s greatest BUMP!
(how long before that memorial offends someone and has to be torn down?)
Japanese Note to the United States United States December 7, 1941
(Generally referred to as the “Fourteen Part Message.”)
Like 9/11 there were lots of dots but none connected.
Thanks for the great post. I brought my wife there about two years ago and she was very impressed with the new visitors center and the Arizona memorial. I was there 40 years ago and it is certainly upgraded since then. Great job by your son.
RIP to all the Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and civilians who were KIA that day. You were avenged. And we will not forget your sacrifice.
Maybe we need some reparations or some kinda chit like that.
Theres a large delegation from Japan here this morning
Yea, I just watched it too......Very eye opening. And did you happen to notice in the very end where they put up a quote by Vice President Joe Biden where he stated that the blame put on Commander H. Kimmel was basically a travesty of military justice.
Kimmel's family has been trying to have his rank restored posthumously but all the presidents since the attack have turned a blind eye. And that includes Clinton and Obama which is strange why the documentary would put that quotation at the very end.
Any official apology?
No but a pretty touching prayer of reconciliation delivered by a Japanese clergyman with English translation. Theres no anger in the air here today
Sadly, we are fast approaching the first Pearl Harbor anniversary without a PH survivor among us.
Some years back there was a "Bad Americans" type of article out of Seattle. They reported on the unveiling ceremony of a monument dedicated to a young Japanese girl who died in the Hiroshima bombing.
Thank God for the Internet. I looked up the Pearl Harbor civilian casualty list and got the name of a Hawaiian girl around the same age. I wrote the reporter and asked when they were going to puy up a memorial to her as well. The reporter replied that she didn't know there were any civilian casualties in that attack.
I felt like banging my head (and hers) against the wall.
Bang her head against the wall. It sometimes works with appliances that are on the fritz. It might work with her brains. And if not, it’s a good idea anyway. Stupidity must have consequences.
Today the Japanese pilots would have been guest students and would have taken off from Hickam to start the attack.
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