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26 Nov 2022

December, 7, 1941 The Date That Will Live In Infamy

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Hi everyone. Yes I know I am writing blogs allot. There is a reason for this its my health. I write this blog every year. So you will remember that dark day that is coming this holiday season. Yes just a few weeks before the Holidays and Christmas.Always new information .

.....Now many Americans think that we didn't want go get involved in the war. The real reason is that the President and his cabinet didn't want to get involved in foreign affairs.Now our secretary of state was involved with peace talks with Japan. Japan didn't want us involved in the east . They wanted no blockacdes of goods coming into there country. Politics is what they call it!

...There was a 14 page message coming from Japan to there ambassadors over a period of time. On Novemver 26 the secretary of state gave the Japanese our final statement.At 1 p.m. on December 7, the Japanese asked to see our secretary of state. They didn't arrive till 2:05p.m . Received at 2:20p.m..

..They were there with the answer of the November 26 statment. Now we cut to the chase. The Japanese had a list and the third one was they demanded Oil. Sure we would give it to them to carry on war with China.They were shown the door. Now I want you to take a good look at the pictures below. Everyone. That's politics for you. Over 3,000 men woman and children dead.

You will see battleship row. Lucky our aircraft carriers were out to see on maneuvers. There is a person of color . His name was Doris Miller stationed on the Nevada!. He's receiving an award from Admiral Nimitz the Navy Cross. The coin shows a man at an anti aircraft gun. He had no training. As a mater of fact no people of color received anything. Yes the Navy did not actively recruit them. They took care of the food ,shinning the offices shoes. Cleaning there uniforms. But Doris grabbed the gun and started shooting. His Capitan was hit and he brought him and others to saftey.

Now that's a hero. And for the first time in the modern Navy people of color got there respect. He had a frigate named after him. He was killed not much after the attack on a small aircrafrt carrier in the south seas. As I write this the worlds biggest most technological aircraft carrier is being built. It will be massive and completed in a few years. The name of the ship. The U.S S.Doris Miller. Now carriers are named after Presidents. This is the first time ever a carrier is not being named after a President never mind a person of color. He broke many barriers until his death. But the biggest was making the Navy one. Now there active in every part of a ship tin can mine sweepers. He did it all saved lives and saved the Navy. Now his actions can be seen in the movie Tora Tora Tora.

...So now you have the readers digest version! But never forget the people who lost there lives. And we didn't want to get involved with foreign affairs. Its men like Miller who was 24 when he died that makes this country great. Remember Pearl Harbur.And look at the picture of the Arizona. They say a drop of oil comes to the surface every few minutes. The sailors entombed sending a message don't forget us!! And we won't. They will not let us forget! There is a black mark pointing to the ship The Nevada look at the map yo can see were he was!


....Update As you know the Nevada did survive Pearl Harbour without an officer on the Battleship.. She survived the war . It was found in 2020 off the atoll. It was painted orange and used in an atomic bomb test . it served for 30 years of service!!


The last coin the obverse of the Arizona is a two ounce coin!


Comments

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 5

You honor them well.

Kepi

Level 6

Nice blog Mike. We should always these people and the history. I was looking at your map and found the ship my Grandpa served on in 1935 while surveying the depth of the ocean in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. That ship was the "OGLALA".

Mike

Level 7

Wow that's great. I see were it was docked. Remember your grandpa and we remember them all! .

Rebelfire76

Level 4

Doris Miller has finally gotten the recognition due to him, as a prominent Naval hero. The Ford class carrier CVN-81 will be named in his honor. Many of heroes, including those lost at Pearl Harbor, are all due a huge debt of gratitude. Truly a day that will live in infamy that we must never forget. Thanks for posting this significant history lesson Mike.

Mike

Level 7

Gary you made it sound like it just happened. Well done

"SUN"

Level 6

It is nice that you are writing many blogs. It helps the mind.

Longstrider

Level 6

This family will never forget the men and women in the service of our country. Great blog and nice updates from last year. Stay healthy Mike. Thanks.

coinsbygary

Level 5

As a veteran of the United States Navy, I have visited Hawaii on several occasions. On my first visit to Hawaii, I took a short boat ride across Pearl Harbor to the Arizona Memorial. It was one of the most somber and eerie experiences of my life. The eerie part was to stand over a mass grave and see the outline in the water of the steel coffin the USS Arizona became on 12/7/41. The somber part was to read the names of the USS Arizona's crew etched on the walls of the Arizona Memorial. There were a lot of heroes that day, including Doris Miller. Today we owe them a debt we cannot pay. The best and most we can do is to be grateful, and should we be faced with making the ultimate sacrifice, to do so with honor. In the Navy, I spent countless hours preparing for war and was grateful that I never had to fight in a war.

Mike

Level 7

Gary you make it sound like it happened yesterday. Well dome

Longstrider

Level 6

Very well said Gary. Thanks for your comments.

Golfer

Level 5

Doris Miller a true Hero. Thank you to all in the military past and present. Thanks for posting Mike.

Mike

Level 7

Golfer his friends called him Dory!l

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