Pearl Harbors then and now

Posted by: Phineas on December 7, 2012 at 1:01 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:


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.

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

(credit: September 11th News)


(Credit: Aspersions)


(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 a post I make every Pearl Harbor Day.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “Pearl Harbors then and now”


  1. DaveInCO says:

    I thought the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor. :d

  2. Great White Rat says:

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

    Good thought, wrong audience.

    One of the differences between then and now is that we have so many more “world citizens” among our moonbat community whose first response to an event like 9-11 is to ask “What did we do to anger them and how can we make it up to them?”. In 1941, did anyone at all wonder what whether Pearl Harbor was really our fault?

    In 1941, schools still taught our history – the struggles for liberty, the great ideas that led to expanding across the continent, the miracle of free enterprise, why America had accomplished so much in such a short time, our spritual heritage, and the importance of defending our freedoms. Now, they’re taught how capitalism leads to evil inequalities, how America is built on racism and imperialism, how any spiritual ideas amount to theocracy (except islamic ideas, of course), how they are all victims of the American system, and mostly, that we shouldn’t be Americans first.

    It means that our people are becoming less knowledgeable about where we’ve been and what we’ve done, and therefore much more likely to make uninformed, bad choices (see, for example, November 6).

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    @GWR–Good one. My dad enlisted in the US Navy after Pearl Harbor. Some members of his generation went to Canada to join their armed forces before Pearl Harbor since they had already entered the war. I served in Viet Nam, but members of my generation went to Canada to get out of going to war. Amnesty my a*s!

  4. Tango says:

    Superb photos, Phineas. Thank you for posting them. I challenge any sane American to visit (in person) the remains of the old ARIZONA, or to stand in front of “The Wall” (the memorial to those killed in ‘Nam) -and not be moved in their own spirit. All of us who have served in uniform gave something. Some of us gave everything. God bless America!