Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pearl Harbor

Welcome to World War II week here at OPOD. We will be looking at pictures from this epic conflict. I wanted to look at these pictures, as I realize that the generation that fought this war is quickly passing away. Most of the people that fought in this war would be in their 90's, so a time is coming when we will have no more living WW II veterans.

Today's picture is from 1941, and it shows a scene during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.


  1. There is a fellow in our church who was a welder Pearl Harbor that day. He spent several days cutting people out of ships. There was so much smoke in the air he inhaled that he couldn't taste or smell for about six months afterwards.

  2. I was two years old, living near Gallup, NM, and my parents took me on an outing to the Pertified Forest in Arizona. When they arrived back home that late afternoon, they learned of Pearl Harbor. Communications were much different in those days.

    1. Very unique memory. I've often wondered how various individuals in the 48 learned of this event. I know that my father recalled learning of it when listening to a football broadcast on the radio.

  3. My dad was at Pearl Harbor, and was injured pulling other men to safety. As bad as it was, it could have been far, far worse.

    It was a Sunday, in an era when most people went to church, and the ships were relatively empty. The Japanese did not try to lure our warships out to sea, and they didn't think to bomb the dry docks, so we were able to get a lot of ships seaworthy again rather quickly, all things considered. And, of course, the Japanese didn't go "over the top" and completely missed the ammo and fuel depots just beyond the harbor.


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