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Remember Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941


At 8:00 a.m. on December 7, 1941 on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, the Japanese Imperial Navy sent 353 Japanese aircrafts to bomb Pearl Harbor. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto planned this surprise attack. The 353 Japanese planes were led by Commander Mitsuo Fuchida. About 100 American ships lay at harbor. These included Battleships, Destroyers, and Cruisers.

A hurried dispatch from the ranking United States naval officer in Pearl Harbor, Commander in Chief of the Pacific, to all major navy commands and fleet units provided the first official word of the attack at the ill-prepared Pearl Harbor base. It said simply: AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NOT DRILL.

More than half of the U.S. Pacific fleet was out to sea, including carriers  188 Army Corps aricraft including bombers and fighters, and attack bombers were destroyed or damaged on the ground. Only a few fighters made it into the air to fight the Japanese, and 29 total Japanese aircraft were shot down by ground pilots and U.S. pilots.

Hirohito and Bush

On Dec. 7, 1941 Japan 's Emperor Hirohito ordered an attack on an innocent country, the United States of America . That was the beginning of our engagement in World War II. This became a very costly war for both sides where approximately 50 million lost their lives, 135,576 being American men and women. The war did not end until Aug. 1945, but it did end.

On March 19, 2003 George W. Bush, with a smirk on his face, ordered our armed forces to attack Iraq , an innocent country. The entire world now knows that Bush lied when he convinced some that Iraq was linked to the disaster of 9/11/01 . This was similar to what Japan did to us at Pearl Harbor . This war will not end until Bush is out of the White House.

We now have approximately 1,200 young American dead, and about 7,000 wounded who gave it all they had for Bush. It has been reported that 25,000 to 100,000 innocent citizens of Iraq have been killed or wounded, many women and children. Bush has not attended the funerals of any American heroes. He says to the enemy, “Bring them on.”

Why did Hirohito of Japan order the attack on Pearl Harbor? Why did George W. Bush of the Unites States order the attack on Iraq? The one-word answer to both questions is "oil."

On July 7, 1937 the Japan-China War began. Japanese and Chinese troops had a skirmish at Marco Polo Bridge near Beijing (Beiping). The incident was minor but Tokyo (Konoe Cabinet) decided to send more troops to China. Thus began a full-scale war with China which lasted until 1945.

In wartime planning, two variables were crucial: a) foreign exchange reserves; and b) energy and raw materials (and the capability to transport them by sea.) Until around 1940, the question was how to maximize military output subject to these two constraints. But after 1940, Japan could no longer trade with other countries and the problem shifted to the physical transportation of natural resources from the Japanese colonies and occupied areas to mainland Japan. 

Japan considered that resources from the "Yen Bloc" (Korea, Taiwan, Manchuria and the rest of occupied China) were not enough. In July 1941, in order to secure more resources, Japan began to invade Southeast Asia, starting with French Indochina (Vietnam).

This angered the United States, which imposed an oil embargo and asset freeze on Japan. If oil imports from the US were cut off, Japan's oil reserve would last only two years. At this point, Japan began to prepare a war with the United States. Diplomatic efforts to maintain peace were tried but failed. With the Pearl Harbor attack in Dec. 7, 1941, Japan started the Pacific War against the US and its allies.

Japan surrendered on Aug. 14, 1945. President Harry S. Truman accepted the surrender, and announced that the war was over on Aug. 15, 1945. The former surrender document was signed on Sept. 2, 1945 in front of US Army General Douglas C. MacArthur, on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

In Sept. 1945 my 1st Marine Division was sent from the Island of Okinawa to North China (I went to Tientsin) to accept the surrender of Japanese who had occupied that country since the mid-30s. We loaded the Japanese military personnel aboard ships, boats, barges, along with women and children and headed them toward mainland Japan. Because of this extra duty from all the years that I was in the Pacific War, I did not get home until April 1946.

As we all know oil is the prime source of energy throughout the world, but George W. Bush was not after the oil in Iraq to supply our nation; he was after the oil to feed his own pockets and the pockets of his rich Republican friends. 

Many Americans believe Bush is no better than Hirohito. Where are his moral values? He seldom attends church services.

The saying Remember Pearl Harbor became the slogan and battle cry of World War II. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, one of the first and most classic World War Two patriotic songs were written by Don Reid with music by Reid and Sammy Kaye.

History - in every century,   
records an act that lives forevermore.   
We'll recall - as in to line we fall,   
the thing that happened on Hawaii's shore.   
As we go to meet the foe -   
As we did the Alamo.   
We will always remember -   
how they died for liberty,   
and go on to victory.


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