REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR … ALWAYS!

Today we commemorate a day that will live in infamy. Those are some of the historic words spoken by FDR after the infamous and devastating attack on our naval base 69 years ago! At 6:05 in the morning on Sunday, December 7, 1941, our navy men were awakened to a sneak attack by midget submarines and a total of six Imperial Japanese carriers which launched about 183 dive bombers and other fighter aircraft. The horrific attack continued for two and a half hours when an armor piercing bomb hit the U.S. battleship Arizona in its ammunition compartment. It blew apart immediately and sunk in less than a minute. 1,177 died from this explosion, and the casualties overall totaled 2,350 including civilians. Later into the evening, the U.S. destroyer Ward fired the first shot and defeated a midget submarine that had surfaced outside the famed naval base.

There is no special commentary here, only a quick moment to remember.

In war and in peace, there is always song. Don Reid was inspired to write a marching anthem, and he teamed with Sammy Kaye to compose “Remember Pearl Harbor” that same month. It got a lot of airplay and was an instantly popular tune, sung proudly by folks throughout the country at church functions and at family and social gatherings. Not many people today are aware of the song, but the title is etched in each generation’s memory as a slogan, and that’s probably good enough, as long as we never forget. Here is a video along the lyrics of our history.

History – in ev’ry century,
Records an act that lives forevermore.
We’ll recall – as in to line we fall,
The thing that happened on Hawaii’s shore.

Let’s REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR –
As we go to meet the foe –
Let’s REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
As we did the Alamo.

We will always remember –
How they died for liberty,
Let’s REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
And go on to victory.

Dean