Pearl Harbors then and now

Posted by: Phineas on December 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

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.

Ten 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 republishing of post I make every Pearl Harbor Day.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “Pearl Harbors then and now”

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  1. Lorica says:

    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

    Your Grandfather should be proud of the work they did that day. The Nevada was steamed and ready to go in under 45 mins, no ship had ever done that before. Also they were ordered to run aground and the Captain picked a spot where he could use the guns to protect the harbor entrance. Many very brave people died that day, and even more brave men and women proved on that day the mettle that Americans are made of. Even Admiral Yamamoto knew that Japan had only woke up a sleeping giant, and when he was unable to destroy our carriers knew they Japan would not win the war against us. – Lorica

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    Watch what I tell you. The LSM will give token coverage to Pearl Harbor but go nutso over John Lennon’s birthday on Dec. 9th. It will be a repeat of the eve of invading Iraq; all they cared about was the Kobe Bryant sex scandal. And they wonder why they are going broke?

  3. Eric Schnellman says:

    A salute to your grandfather and thanks for the pictures. Maynard, my father-in-law, was a gunner in the B turret on the Nevada that day and I wear a BB Nevada hat to honor him and the rest of the crew.

  4. Phineas says:

    Eric,

    Wow, small world! I’ll bet your father-in-law and my grandpa knew each other. Glad they both made it through. :)