Linky Friday: Pearl Harbor


Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website

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  1. Avatar PD Shaw says:

    [In5] My grandfather was stationed in the Burma-Chinese theater for airlift operations (“the Hump”) and towards the end, when everybody was being moved to Shanghai for the invasion of Japan, he ran into an American who said he’d been there since early 1941. Of course, he was a flying tiger.Report

  2. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    My visit to the Arizona Memorial in 1993 was a powerful moment in my life, and remains so to this day.Report

  3. Avatar Kolohe says:

    On this auspicious date in history, let us also pause to remember the social media managers at the Campbell’s Soup Corporation who saw their careers get torpedoed right in front of them.Report

  4. Avatar CJColucci says:

    Coincidentally, my father died 9 years ago today. His second wife, whom we all liked, was Japanese, and my father and I had a running routine where I’d call on 12/7 and we’d bat jokes back and forth about surprises, sneaky things, and the weather (“a nip in the air”). We never knew whether she got it.Report

    • Avatar Doctor Jay in reply to CJColucci says:

      Did you ever talk to her about the war at all?

      One of the biggest surprises my oldest ever got was when, for a school project, she asked a Japanese teacher about the atomic bombing of Japan. The woman, who was a little girl in Japan at the time, said that she thought America made the right decision to bomb Japan. She said that they were all prepared to resist an invasion to the last child, and that by dropping the bomb, many Japanese lives, in addition to American lives, were saved.

      Thing One really did not expect that response. So I wonder what your stepmother might have said about some of these things. People have very different opinions, of course.Report

      • Avatar CJColucci in reply to Doctor Jay says:

        She was too young. When my father was about to marry her, he discussed the matter with me and I said all I cared about was whether she was older than I was. She cleared that hurdle by two years, but was born well after WWII.Report

  5. Avatar Em Carpenter says:

    In7: I never knew that. That’s extraordinarily moving. Most of those men probably have family members they could have chosen to be buried with but they chose to be with their brothers at arms who were lost that day. That’s very profound.Report