Pearl Harbor Day


Following on the heels of my remembrance in my last blog about growing up in World War II is the anniversary of the Japanese attack onPearl Harbor when they sank most of our battleship fleet. This is another one of those days that people never forget where they were. In this case, it was a Sunday afternoon and my father was reading the newspaper, listening to a concert on the radio and I was playing with my marbles on the floor.

As we now know, the Japanese had used their participation in World War I to secure control of several sets of islands in the Pacific which they fortified and intended to use to control a good part of what we saw as the western Pacific. Unfortunately for them, things did not turn out that way. Not only did they lose the war they started, much of their industrial productive capacity was destroyed, but two cities were completely flattened by atomic bombs. Approximately 2,100,000 of Japanese military and civilians were killed, with approximately 111,000 of our military killed.

During my adult life, American foreign policy has been directed to seeing that such a situation does not occur again. I hope our government keeps this history in mind when working out our foreign relations.

  1. #1 by Marvin Mostow on December 12, 2016 - 5:24 am

    Dr. Boswell,
    I agree and my fingers are crossed. Perhaps we need to throw in prayers also.

  2. #2 by John Boswell on May 1, 2017 - 1:29 pm

    The ship was added to the National Register of Historic Places and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989. This is also known as the Pearl Harbor Survivor’s medal and was awarded to anyone who was in the U.S.
    (sorry, I couldn’t get the name of the person who straightened me out to post)

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