Thursday, December 07, 2006

Pearl Harbor, 1941

As many readers of this blog know I was stationed at Pearl Harbor for almost four years. I spent that time stationed on the nuclear powered attack submarine USS Pintado, SSN 672.

While stationed at Pearl harbor I met my wife.

December 7th is truly a "day of infamy" to me.

The Japanese navy attacked Pearl Harbor in a vicious sneak attack and killed 2403 service men and 68 civilians. The United States (Especially the United States Navy) was handed a huge loss in both life and in material.

Hawaii is the most "peaceful" place I have ever lived. There are many mornings that I woke up from a duty day (24 hours spent on the submarine) and went up on the deck of the submarine and looked out over Pearl Harbor and tried to imagine what it must have been like for American sailors on the morning of December 7th, 1941.

I never could imagine it...

I would like to think that we learned something from the events that transpired that day; however, I do not think that we have.

I think we should have learned two major lessons from that day:

1. We are always susceptible to attack. We must always remain vigilant. The United States military should always be the strongest fighting force in the world and it should always be ready to engage any foes that may arise. The military must never be caught "asleep" again.

2. Many people still fail to understand why Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Japan attacked Pearl Harbor because of our trade policy and because of Japan's desire to expand their Empire. We must always watch other counties and we must monitor their goals and their pursuit of those goals.

I do not think most Americans have learned anything from the events that occurred on December 7th, 1941.

I think most Americans are more interested in Brittany Spears and whether she wears underwear or not...

Mike Sylvester

7 comments:

Tim Zank said...

Mike "I do not think most Americans have learned anything from the events that occurred on December 7th, 1941.

I agree.

Sadly, I also do not think most Americans have learned anything from the events of September 11, 2001.

Stan Matuska said...

Great post! I am hoping that with todays technology that we will never be caught off gaurd again. I mean, today wouldn't we be able to tell with satellite imsages that enemy aircraft are coming our way?

I do wish I could find an image of Britney Spears crotch shot - it's just human nature.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Mike, Tim and Stan. However, December 7 1941 and September 11, 2001 attacks, IMHO, were results of policies of *empire minded presidents*. Trade policies crafted to antogonize the Japanese by the notorious FDR and war policies in support of the evil united nations in the middle east by GWB.

It is important to have a powerful military, but it is equally important to avoid entangling alliances, as per George Washington.

One Radical Libbe tarian

Robert Enders said...

Stan- Satellites do not provide realtime images. That is what radar is for.

bobett said...

Yes, many do understand what Pearl Harbor meant (because they lived it) and many others still get it... even if they were not born yet. Advance to modern day...
And Ask Middle East Countries...

Why are there so many people
from the middle east educating and rearing their children here?

It is a better way of life.

Most of THOSE FROM THE MIDDLE EAST living here)still believe in the USA as freedom; a Nation that can make an impact and a difference in the Middle East ...

The USA can not pull out and
leave these people or turn them over to other Middle Eastern countries that are a major threat
to themselves and to innocent people.

And shame on the present day media
for encouraging world-wide strife
just for ratings. The media needs to do more then living in the moment.

It's time for the media to bring change for the better. We are all worthy and deserve humanity.

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