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 Today - a day that changed our world - I will take time to remember my cousin Ensign Curtiss Urenholdt.  He remains on duty on board the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor. 

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Dad was sunk there in 1941.
He survived, because I wasn't issued until 1950.

The weather forecast for Hiroshima and Nagasaki turned out to be 18,000 degrees and high winds.
Well deserved after the countless atrocities against women and service men.

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From one of my FB posts two years ago:
 

Again today I'm seeing the anti-American left saying how FDR "forced" Japan to attack the US. They will parrot almost exactly the reasoning of the Japanese warlords that the US had no right to engage in economic warfare against Japan. And, as in all other years, they will neglect to mention that FDR was trying to use economic means to force Japan to stop her atrocities in China, Korea, and other nations in her "Co-prosperity sphere."
Never forget.
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An address to a joint session of Congress.
Mr. Vice President, and Mr. Speaker, and Members of the Senate and House of Representatives:
Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that Nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American Island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our Nation.
As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
But always will our whole Nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces—with the unbounding determination of our people—we will gain the inevitable triumph- so help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.
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5 hours ago, Subdeacon Joe said:

From one of my FB posts two years ago:
 

Again today I'm seeing the anti-American left saying how FDR "forced" Japan to attack the US. They will parrot almost exactly the reasoning of the Japanese warlords that the US had no right to engage in economic warfare against Japan. And, as in all other years, they will neglect to mention that FDR was trying to use economic means to force Japan to stop her atrocities in China, Korea, and other nations in her "Co-prosperity sphere."
Never forget.
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To the west was Russia and China

To the southwest were the French, Dutch and English

To southeast was the Philippines

And far to the east was the United States

 

Surrounded by major powers that controlled the resources Japan needed, Japan at the time was incapable of choosing to return to being a small, unimportant country, so war was inevitable.

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ive always felt this to be a solemn day as i was raised in a family of a pacific theater server , this was the event that caused him to enlist [he and his best friend dove from their california employment back to iowa to sign up] there was never any question in our home that it was every bit the infamous event the president called it out to be , in hind sight its easy to see how japan did what it did , its also easy to see why we did what we did , there is no excusing the behaviors of japan throughout the war but in spite of everything that transpired , we helped rebuild after the war - it says a lot about our culture as opposed to others in this world , 

 

oddly enough given that pacific service , we were also raised in a family that not only respected the japanese but accepted them into our home after the war , my fathers bomb group was part of the devastation of tokyo and instrumental in delivery of both atomic bombs , but growing up we had family friends that came home with "war brides" from the occupation , one of whom became a close family friend and to me surrogate aunt , 

 

my wifes family grew up in japan in the VN and cold war era , a good deal of our homes decor is japanese , looking back 80+ years ive seen this day forgotten for all practical purposes on way too many occasions , but ive never forgotten , it seems we are not remembering 911 these days either .........im seeing that history is not being taught correctly these days - too many historic statues being torn down and the sacrifices of americans ignored 

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