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On December 7, 1941 the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A surprise attack by the Japanese that destroyed our Naval fleet in Pearl Harbor abruptly brought the United States into World War II. This “sneak” attack on Pearl Harbor was labeled by President Roosevelt as “a Day of Infamy” and the battle cry of the American people became “Remember Pearl Harbor.” Later Japanese Admiral Yamamoto who was in command of the Japanese Fleet said “It seems all we have done is awakened a sleeping giant.” How true that was!
A total of 2,403 men and women were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor and there were almost 406,000 Americans killed during World War II and over 671,000 were wounded. This tells me that FREEDOM is not FREE. It should tell us that war on a global scale is a means of destruction to the human race. It should tell us that we must be ever vigilant and stop aggression before it spreads. This should tell us that in today's world of speed and instant communication we don't have time to power up from next to nothing in order to meet a threat.
In 1945 World War II ended in a victory for the United States and our Allies.
Thanks to all our men and women who have served to keep America free I have lived to watch my grandchildren play without speaking German or Japanese, except by choice. I was too young to be a part of World War II but I joined our Women’s Army Corp. (WAC) shortly after. It was an interesting chapter in my life.
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I was a teletype operator in WAC's shortly after the war and I have wondered to myself why I posted these very young pictures of myself, then and now. I think I want to remind everyone that whatever happens, life goes on, one day at a time. Stuff happens inbetween then and now that shape our lives. I thank God every day for the United States of America where I was allowed to grow old in a free country because of the sacrafice of our many wonderful military personell.