Friday, December 07, 2007

Remembering Pearl Harbor and the USS Oklahoma

My very good friend Marie of Marie's Two Cents has posted a story of the memorial for the Battleship USS Oklahoma BB-37 that was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The Oklahoma was the only battleship that was lost at Pearl Harbor that did not have it's own memorial. It was through the diligent work of some very tough and determined sailors that served aboard her that there is now a memorial. Go to Marie's and read about it. Thank you Marie for alerting us to this.

This is the history of the USS Oklahoma at one of my favorite sites.

God have mercy on the souls of those that lost their lives that day while serving our country. Thank you to all those that avenged the attack and defeated the tyrants that started the war.

13 comments:

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

God bless those who served aboard the USS Oklahoma and to all those whose lives were taken on that day.

Marie's Two Cents said...

Thank's Jenn, for bringing attention to "The Okie"!

She get's her Memorial TODAY! :-)

God bless all the souls we lost that day.

J_G said...

I'm proud to say I know an another great Okie, her name is Marie!

Thanks for stopping by Word and Marie.

Mike's America said...

Thanks to everyone who remembered this anniversary.

We are too quick to forget that the world we live in is a dangerous place and we must always be on our guard.

Marie's Two Cents said...

Awwww Shucks Jenn :-)

The Federalist said...

May the soldiers and civilians who were killed rest in peace, in any war.

Interesting post J_G. Be sure, at some point in the future, to comment on the Oil Embargo of 1940. Imposed by FDR as he was pining for re-election. Are these attacks always completely and entirely a surprise?

Just a question...

J_G said...

Federalist, I would have to say of course those kind of attacks such as Pearl Harbor are a suprise. Even if there is motivation for an attack, not knowing when, where and if you will be attacked is always a surprise. Sounds like you may have forgotten that the Japanese had attacked China which was a trading partner with the US at that point. They brutalized Nan King and it is and will always be our business when when another country is attacked, brutalized and overthrown to become a threat to our interests. I don't know much about you and your ideas Federalist but if I'm correct you might be one of those head in the sand fellas I've been seeing lately. Come up for air sometime and see the real world as it really is sometime and get a good look around before you go back to your bliss.

The Federalist said...

Head in the sand = not in agreement that the US ALWAYS has the right and/or authority to attack/invade/occupy/engage in preemptive war against another sovereign country when it "feels threatened" or "our interests are threatened".

It's kind of like a leaky tire J_G. You can continue to fill it with air, allowing the seller of air to prosper, or you can discover where the leak is coming from and never have to go to the air pump again.

Were we right to go to war with Japan after Pearl Harbor? Yes. Can we say that we were totally, 100% innocent and unsuspecting that they would never commit such an act? Sorry, I think not. I'm just not that naive or insensate.

The Federalist said...

One more thing...

I still believe in the good of people first. Of course there are those who want to do us harm. I'll never argue against that. The choice I do have is not to live in fear. Despite what your friends Hannity and Rush will tell you, radical Islamic ideology is not against democracy as a whole; but rather it hates America and her "democracy". Back to the leaky tire J_G, we can forever defend and "always be on our guard", which doesn't sound like freedom to me at all, or we can take our own inventory and see where OUR policies and OUR selective support may be planting the seeds for this type of hatred and violence toward our country and its people.

(And before you and your readers misinterpret what I just typed, NO...I'M NOT SAYING THAT WE DESERVED TO BE ATTACKED ON 9/11 !!!
No country, regardless of belief, religion or ideology, deserves to have its citizens innocently murdered)

J_G said...

Another head = sand. You shouldn't be using Teddy Roosevelt as your avatar Federalist, you would have been better suited to use Neville Chamberlain instead. I always assume that when someone acusses me of being a follower of someone else's ideas it's because that person is feeling guilty about their own timidness and lack of direction.

The Federalist said...

J_G,

Oh wearied soul, the photo is not of Teddy Roosevelt. My direction, ideas and perspectives expand much further than our shores.

I will admit, however, that the resemblance does exist. But leave it to you to label the avatar as one of your right-wing talking points; someone who appeased a dictator. At least Chamberlain never suspended habeas corpus, as most dictators do :-)

J_G said...

Now that I took closer look I see that a confused and irresolute Italian philosopher is a much better choice for you than using an American icon that stands for American strength and American ingenuity. Phew, you had me wondering. Bully!!!

The Federalist said...

The origin of thought was not born in this country, sadly to report. I believe there are other traits which are more important than military strength.
I admire Croce for his literary criticism and his writings on religion and metaphysics. I am not, however, an atheist, as he was his entire life.