Sunday, December 7, 2008

Pearl Harbor Day

December 7th has always had special meaning to me. I never forget it and always say a prayer to those men and women who lost their lives at Pearl. Not because I lost any relatives during the attack on Pearl Harbor, but because my Dad was in the Navy.

I grew up with his tales of the service and a great respect for anyone in the military. Also when I was a kid there were lots of war movies on TV. Military stories have been a major part of my reading both fiction and non-fiction and I am a serious war buff, collecting war memorabilia, movies, books, and models.

I probably know, more about the ship my Dad was on than he does. He served on CA -130 the USS Bremerton, a heavey Cruiser, at the end of WWII. He was at the nuclear bomb testing at the Bikini Atolls and in the celebration of the Philipene Independance. He also was part of the 7th fleet Occupational Forces in and around Japan.

So today is my day for remembering all of those sailors who fought during WWII, and paying my respects for those who gave their lives for our country.

And to remember my Dad's service to his country.


Farmgirl_dk: said...

Do you have pictures from his time in the service? I can't begin to imagine what that must've been like to witness those tests in the Bikini islands.

It's funny, I always usually remember or hear or see something about it, but I didn't see a single thing on the online news about it yesterday. Are our collective memories dwindling?

Anonymous said...

I agree with Danni, dad. We need a more in depth post about grandpa's service. I didn't even know about half of what you wrote. I'd like to know more too.

GreyWolf said...

Dorothy: My MSN homepage had a very small link to an article. And yes, I believe that with the dwindling numbers of live WWII veterens, that shortly it will not be remembered ai all. That plus the fact that the Japenese now control so much stock in all of our businesses and would rather that it wasn't remembered. The same as we don't want to remember the HORRORS of the aftermath of the dropping of 2 nuclear bombs on Japan.

Agnes: Ok, I will try to dig out the photo's and write a blog on what I can remember.