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That day shook us out of our self satisfied isolationism. It took the war coming to us before we joined forces with our European counterparts. Are we on a similar path today? Will Russia have to attack a NATO country before we send more funds - and by then troops - to Ukraine? Will we still be a NATO member by then? Will we even be a true democratic republic by then? Everything hangs in the balance on our 2024 election.

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I was 3 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked - so dont remember that day but the next several years watched uncles and aunts join the various services. My dad was older - had 2 kids and a business, so stayed home thankfully. Our family was lucky - didnt lose anyone. But they were stationed all around the world in far off places. An uncle in the Coast Guard, a cousin a bombardier, three aunts & 2 uncles I believe in the Army, and a couple in the Navy. My mom rolled bandages!

It was a far different time.

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Dec 7, 2023·edited Dec 8, 2023Liked by TCinLA

TC. Always your writing and reporting bring history alive for us who were new babies born in the shadow of an historical milestone. We learned of the Pearl Harbor attack and watched as the consequences of a nation attacked responded while we were learning to eat solids, walk, read, become children in the Silent Generation. Thank you for picking up pen and recording so much so well. I hope the younger generations reads you and learn from at least 20-percent of what you tell. I think they might have a different estimation of the crisis we are in now as a nation wherein the air battles are taking place within our ranks and by craft delivering strikes against our norms via media and false narratives designed specifically to achieve power.

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I get such a feeling of patriotism of the best sort on the part of our men in the skies in that era.

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Such incredible times, Tom. Thank you for reminding your readers of the significance of this day. The times now are truly just as fraught as they were in 1937. And just look at all the appeasement happening then. Will people ever learn? The gop crowd in congress right now is absolutely nuts. And putin is rubbins his hands, not to mention xi, orban, erdogan, modi and so many other right wing/fascist types. I hope it won't take another "sneak attack" to wake the nation up.

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I think one of my brothers served on the Enterprise in the mid-60's, so I sent this to him. He's a trumper, so we have little to talk about, and this is a nice gift from you to him. Thank you. Maybe he'll read some of your other work now. I hope so.

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Time Magazine has a fascinating story on how stereotypes of and conspiracy theories about the Japanese led to the over reaction to Pearl Harbor in the form of the relocation camps. Obviously the war itself was not an overreaction, but these were theories about Japanese American citizens. Time sees it as a warning against the same kinds of theories being bruited about as a result of the Hamas/Israeli war.

https://time.com/6343399/pearl-harbor-conspiracies-crises/

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by TCinLA

I am in Pearl Harbor today with a group of 100 Herndon, Virginia high school students. Yesterday we were at the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri, where the band performed. There are thousands of students and elders here to march in the parade and remember. It is somber history for all of us.

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To think that the Enterprise was supposed to be sitting at anchor at Pearl on the 7th. Brings a shudder.

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What was Japan thinking? In spite of inflicting terrible damages, there was simply no way they could win in the long run. I guess hindsight is a wonderful thing.

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The photo of the PBY was taken at Kaneohe NAS. That’s the Koolau Mountains in the background with the Nuuanu Pali just behind the tail of the PBY.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by TCinLA

Thank you Tom for telling this story so well. I visited Pearl Harbor in 2018. It was a very powerful experience and I felt strangely connected. Coincidentally the next morning the “incoming ballistic missile” warning appeared on everyone’s phones and on the local television stations. I looked out the hotel window and people were running in every direction. Of course it turned out to be a false alarm but for 40 minutes it was challenging to say the least, especially being so close to Pearl Harbor, and it was so much in my heart and mind after being there. I feel like I have told this story before, so forgive me for repeating myself if I have.

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I spoke with my 97 yr old father yesterday, and he relived what he had been doing at the time when he heard about the attack. And about 20 years ago, I had the chance to listen to a pilot, who was ferrying a Boeing plane for the military to southeast Asia, with a fueling stop in Oahu. He spoke about coming out of the clouds, and thinking they were seeing whales jumping in the water. They had no comms on the plane, and navigated via the stars. They were coming in to land at the airbase shortly after the attack began. What an experience...the "jumping whales" was ammunition hitting the water.

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Here I am wondering if the US were attacked by any of our adversaries in a similar way tomorrow, how many in the US would side with the attackers? Too many sunshine patriots now, and too few willing to head into a vigorous and selfless counter-attack. I grew up between a naval air station and a NIKE missile site and was blessed to see the value of patriotism and preparedness. Great role models everywhere.

Today I'm grateful that someone must have taken Tommy Gooberville out back and "reasoned" with him.

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Dec 9, 2023Liked by TCinLA

My husband was stationed at Barbers Point N.A.S. when they filmed Tora Tora Tora in Hawaii. They parked some of the planes they had redone to make them look like Japanese Zeros at our base. We were living in on-base housing. One of the most chilling things that happened for me was to see a squad of those zeros come flying over our home since I was in the yard and had a long look them. May we never have to experience that kind of war on our homeland again. The news of the day now is horrible no matter where it is. We need to work on Peace and spreading help to others!

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I think its far past time for the current administration to push a lot harder at the Israeli government in regard to what they are doing to the Palestinian civilians. Sure does seem clear to me that the point behind this "campaign" is to eradicate an entire population - Hamas or not! This is beyond wrong.

https://www.democracynow.org/2023/12/7/mosab_leaving_gaza?utm_source=Democracy+Now%21&utm_campaign=2017631a68-Daily_Digest_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fa2346a853-2017631a68-192377045

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