Pearl Harbors then and now

Posted by: Phineas on December 7, 2010 at 1:01 pm

In the last surprise attack on American soil before 9/11, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor:

The end of the USS Arizona

(Credit: Aviation History)

My grandfather was a Petty Officer aboard the USS Nevada during the battle. Below are a couple of pictures of his ship under attack, the only battleship to get underway that day:

…and…

Grandpa was having a bad day

(Both photos credit: Naval Historical Center)

As you can see, they had been hit pretty hard. Thankfully, Grandpa survived.

Nine years ago, we were hit by another fascist enemy, with casualties 25% higher than Pearl Harbor:

(credit: September 11th News)

…and…

(Credit: Aspersions)

…and…

(Scene at the Pentagon. Credit: US Navy via Wikimedia)

Our grandfathers finished their job. Let’s not do any less, shall we?

RELATED: The story of Lt. John William Finn, the last surviving Medal of Honor winner from Pearl Harbor.
NOTE: This is a reposting of post I make every Pearl Harbor Day.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “Pearl Harbors then and now”

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  1. Lorica says:

    The interesting thing about the Nevada is, she went from cold boilers to full steam in under 45 mins. That had never happened before without a boiler explosion.

    She was a tough old girl that is for sure:

    Returning to Pearl Harbor after a brief occupation duty in Tokyo Bay, Nevada was surveyed and assigned as a target ship for the Bikini atomic experiments. The tough old veteran survived the atom-bomb test of July 1946, returned to Pearl Harbor to decommission 29 August, and was sunk by gunfire and aerial torpedoes off Hawaii 31 July 1948.

    God Bless your Grand Father Phineas. What stories I am sure he could tell. – Lorica

  2. NC Cop says:

    Our grandfathers finished their job. Let’s not do any less, shall we?

    Nicely stated!

  3. Phineas says:

    Lorica:

    I didn’t know that fact about the Nevada’s boilers – neat!