Tuesday, December 7, 2010

69 Years Ago Today

0755 Hawaii time, 69 years ago. "A day that will live in infamy". One day later, it would inaugurate America's official entry into World War II.
Not long after the attack, Admiral Isoroku Yamamato, was asked about Japan's prospects in a war against America: "I can run wild for six months...after that, I have no expectations of success".
About six months later -- and the Battle of Midway -- Yamamoto would know how right he was. But would not live to see the disastrous end for Japan: he was shot out of the sky in an aerial ambush, in 1943.
But on this day, 69 years ago, dusk would see 2403 Americans dead, five battleships and numerous other ships sunk, almost two hundred planes destroyed.
A sleeping giant had indeed, been awakened, and filled with a terrible resolve. What it would cost, counted in the millions, ended with a terrible inauguration into the Atomic Age.

Labels: , ,


Blogger Sandee said...

A very dark time in history. Today our young don't seem very interested in this dark time. Had a piece in the paper about it this morning. What is happening to us?

Have a terrific day. :)

07 December, 2010 09:08  
Blogger Unknown said...

I had a Pearl Harbor Day related post today, too. Not as compelling as yours. thanks for sharing.

07 December, 2010 09:35  
Blogger Lawyer Mom said...

I hope we still have that resolve.

10 December, 2010 21:27  

Post a Comment

<< Home