December 7, 2010, - 11:45 am

“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy” . . . or Will It?

By Debbie Schlussel

Sixty-nine years ago, today, on December 7, 1941, America was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor.  We did nothing to merit this attack and were at peace with Japan . . . or so we thought.  America hadn’t entered World War II and this brought us in. But 69 years is a long time ago and there are few survivors of the Pearl Harbor bombing left.  Some estimates say there are only 3,000 survivors today out of the 60,000 servicemen on the Hawaiian island, that day. Our heroes from that day are dying out. The few that survive are very old, in their ’80s and ’90s.  Most sad, the national Pearl Harbor Survivors Association is considering disbanding.  Its national convention in Honolulu, this week, may be its last.

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2,388 U.S. military personnel were killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. 1,178 American servicemen were wounded. 12 ships were sunk or beached, 9 damaged. We lost 164 aircraft to total destruction, and 159 others were damaged.

And while, on December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared in a speech to Congress that the day before was “a date which will live in infamy,” I’m not so sure. Not only are there few remaining survivors to tell their story, we are a country with kids and 20- and 30-somethings who are dumber and more ignorant than ever. I’d bet real money that a much larger percentage of them know the details of who Kim Kardashian is now “dating” (euphemism) than the details of what happened on Pearl Harbor Day. In ever dumbed down America, skankubines and babymama daughters of quitter governors on dancing shows–both of whose achievements are all based on something every small-brained animal does: having sex–capture America’s attention. History is, well, sooooo yesterday.

Listen to President Roosevelt’s speech, below. I’ve listened to it over the years, several times. FDR identified explicitly, and repeatedly identified the enemy who attacked us: Japan. No Americans were afraid to say it. President Bush never identified the enemy who attacked us on 9/11: Muslims. Barack Obama won’t identify them and is in a heated contest to beat the eight years of Bush Islamo-pandering. More than nine years later, if you dare identify who actually attacked us (again, IT’S. MUSLIMS.), well, Whoopi Goldberg will walk out on you on live national TV . . . garbed in the flashing light shoes of most five-year-olds. Oh, and Joy Behar will walk out on you, too.

Back in the early post-Pearl Harbor attack days, we were resolute. And women (only their gynecologist knows for sure if they are) like Goldberg and Behar (two ugly non-Jews, who’ve taken Jewish names) would be egged and had garbage thrown on them. They’d be pariahs, not multi-millionaire TV show hostesses. But, like I said, America was a smarter, more resolute nation back then. Now, we’re a ship without sails, roaming aimlessly on stormy seas with a crew of misfits and incompetents.

My own personal connection to Pearl Harbor is that my late great-uncle Maurice J. Schlussel, MD, a career Army man, was sent to Pearl Harbor just after the attacks to oversee medical treatment and was appointed the top U.S. Army medical officer over the South Pacific. I had the pleasure of knowing Uncle Maurice. And I know he’d be shocked and disappointed at what America has become now and how little attention is paid to what happened there.

Remember those who died or were otherwise maimed on December 7, 1941. Every year I implore you, my educated and informed readers and friends: let’s not forget our troops courage under fire on Pearl Harbor Day, and the price those who died on that day paid to serve this country. But I fear that when they’re all dead–when all of the survivors are gone–most of our Idiot Nation’s young and future generations will forget. Most of them don’t know what the U.S.S. Arizona was and what happened there.

Because so few of these survivors are left, we must remember for them. We also must remember in place of so many ignorant Americans who don’t remember, never knew, and just don’t care because, “Hey, I have a reality show on E! to watch.”

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Pearl Harbor survivor and veteran Russell Meyne remembers:

Russell Meyne was sitting down to a plate of pancakes, bacon and eggs in the mess hall at Pearl Harbor’s Hickam Air Base, 2 miles away. He was hoping to revitalize himself after a night of drinking beer with his buddies, celebrating their selection to a group that would be heading to the mainland for flight training.

Suddenly, everything changed.

“The table almost bounced up and down, and all the pots and pans in the kitchen started falling on the floor,” said Meyne, an Army private at the time, now 91 and treasurer of the South Carolina branch of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. . . .

“We had a front-row seat,” Meyne said.

He says he and a buddy loaded their rifles — it was all they could think to do at the time — and started shooting at a plane that was coming down smoking. He never knew whether he hit the plane, but he says it slammed into a building and killed four people.

None of the members of Meyne’s company was among the 2,402 U.S. servicemembers who lost their lives that day, but he saw what happened to others who weren’t as lucky.

“The guys in the harbor, when they tipped those battleships over and dumped all that oil on the water and the oil caught on fire — oh God, it was a mess,” he said.

Meyne recalls the sight of soldiers running on the airfield, trying to move some of the airplanes as the Japanese planes peppered them with machine-gun fire.

“Man, they just got mowed down like wheat,” he said.

Indeed. And it could happen to America again. Not with enemy warplanes identified by country, but with the larger Islamic enemy from within blowing up more planes or choosing buildings and shopping malls. It did happen again on 9/11. And it will happen again on some future unknown date.

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From my 2005 coverage of Pearl Harbor Day, I repeat these words from the Memorial:

My brothers lie in state,
In clear waters
Of testimony, their willingness
To answer our Nation’s call.
An angel bends down, whispers in my ear,
Never forget. Never forget.
Honor them. They
Gave their lives for you.
No man hath a greater love.
Do them honor.
And never forget.

Remember Pearl Harbor and the men who gave their lives there in service to America.

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28 Responses

Thank you Debbie, for a wonderful tribute to our servicemen. I was born two years after Pearl Harbor, and have grown up with a keen interest and fascination of WWII. As a young girl I remember watching all the war movies and we weren’t PC at the time so we heard the true sentiments when our troops and countrymen referring to the Japs, Nips, slanty eyed yellows, and the Gerrys and Krauts. Yeah try that today, and we’d probably be prosecuted for hate speech. Now in movies the Americans are portrayed as a bunch of scumbags and the muslims as poor victims picked on by us.
Not only will Pearl be forgotten, but in even less time so will September 11, 2001. Kinda makes me want to barf.

Davida on December 7, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Back in those days, people knew what aggression was. There were no Pearl Harbor Truthers. Today, people excuse our country being attacked and if you tell them who did it, they’re in a state of denial.

On a day like this we need moral clarity. Our next Pearl Harbor might be our last one. That’s why its so important to remember what happened on this day almost a century ago.

NormanF on December 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Norman:

    I was going to refute your claim that “There were no Pearl Harbor Truthers.” There were and there have been for many years. Hopefully, I don’t have to refute your claim now.

    If you look at subsequent comments, you’ll see their thesis in full bloom. In fact, the 9/11 truthers are modeled after the Pearl Harbor truthers.

    There is NO Santa Claus on December 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I detest the term “truther” to describe those individuals who question some official explanation or conclusion, such as “911 truthers.” Although there were some intelligent genuine inquiries behind the 911 crime questioning the official story, the entire “911 truth” movement has effectively been hyjacked by the leftists, and now all of the chief proponents of the “911 truth” movement simply present vaguely veiled leftist propaganda, such as accusing the Zionists of creating, carrying out, and covering up the 911 crime. As a consequence, real inquiry on that subject is virtually dead, and most of the so-called “scholars” of the field are third-rate investigators.

    In contrast, when the JFK assasination happened, some of the top brains in law, science, balistics, forensic medicine, history, investigation, photography, and other areas. This was a very, very tough group to hyjack because you had to very smart to gain access to them. Those people could spin intellectual circles around the “apostles” of the “911 truth movement” while in their sleep. Yes, there were anti-intellectual leftists jumping into the JFK mystery as well, but when they’ve simply stolen the ideas of those much smarter than them, the results haven’t altered the outcome. The film JFK by leftist Oliver Stone, for example, does attempt to hyjack the JFK investigative movement, but it ultimately failed, and merely reinforced public perception that the leaders of the US government were lying to them.

    And that brings us to Pearl Harbor. Like the JFK assasination, there have been plenty of holes in the US government’s official story. And historians began to pour through the information. Scholars have continued to pursue this subject, and, unlike the “911 truthers” they are interested in facts, evidence, supportable arguments, alternative explanations, and other such matters involved in genuine inquiries, as opposed to leftist (or even right-wing) propaganda.

    One such book today is Day of Deceip:t: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor. The book goes through McCollum’s secret memo dated 10/7/1940, recently obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, a proposal that called for eight provocations aimed at Japan. It also speaks of foreknowledge of the attack by Roosevelt and U.S. military officials. One of the issues is whether Adm. Kimmel and Gen. Short were denied crucial U.S. military intelligence that tracked Japanese forces advancing on Hawaii. This question was answered in October 2000 during the Clinton presidency when he signed into law–with the support of a bipartisan Congress–the National Defense Authorization Act that, among other provisions, reversed the findings of nine previous Pearl Harbor investigations and found that both Kimmel and Short were denied the crucial intelligence.

    People today think of FDR as some sort of president “for the people,” “the little guy.” True, FDR had a socialist agenda, but he was far removed from helping ordinary Americans. FDR was strictly a Wall Streeter, and that is precisely where his interests remained. And just as FDR knew of the pending Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he also knew that the Jews were being systematically exterminated in Europe. This is not a big secret. If you ever visit the Holocaust Museum in Israel, they have historical presentations showing how FDR blocked US attacks on Germany’s railroads and other strategic German installations that would have saved Jewish lives and shortened World War II. Not surprisingly, lots of money was to be made, while attrocities were being committed, and the beneficiary list is long and well-known….. General Motors, Standard Oil, IBM, Dupont, Ford, and AT&T, to name a few. Prescott Bush (father of George H.W. and grandfather of George W.) even did some business with the Nazis.

    So, yes, never forget our soldiers who fought bravely to preserve civilization and freedom. And yes, there are some obviously bad people in this world that are clearly enemies of civilization and freedom. But there are also even darker, uglier, and more sinister individuals, many working behind the scenes that also need to be exposed to the light of day.

    Ralph Adamo on December 8, 2010 at 1:44 am

      Ralph
      Thank you for the information about Roosevelt. I fully intend to read Day of Deceit. I have no respect for Cordell Hull, Joseph P. Kennedy or that entire lot of Democrats. Kennedy and his men orchestrated the Great Depression.
      I count my blessings for Debbies website.

      Patrick on December 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

Drove by a Chick-Fil-A today. Flag was at half mast. Some people remember.

Fleiter on December 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Amen Debbie. My FB post this morning reminds people of Pearl Harbor. Sadly, only one friend has commented and no one else (except you) has posted similar reminders. And my friends are generally well educated people. It’s a date that will soon be one of those weird things on your calendar that you’re not sure what it means.

KayserSozay on December 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Let us not forget that civilians were also attacked at or near Pearl Harbor. Civilian neighborhoods were strafed by machine gun fire from the anti-aircraft guns. I know someone who was five years old at the time, and she was almost hit by the bullets in her neighborhood.

Twelve hours later, the Japanese attacked the Philipines. McArthur left the airplanes on the ground in the wingtip to wingtip formation, even with 12 hours notice, so the Japanese had a field day destroying the U.S. airbases in the islands. Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan were also attacked.

Today, we have neither the factories nor the willpower to win such a war. We would have the Hollywood crowd supporting the enemy, instead of enlisting and fighting for this country. (Jimmy Stewart flew 29 missions as a bombardier, which was an extremely dangerous position).

Today, our teachers would not support a war like WWII, as not to offend German and Japanese students in the class. Hell, students are tossed out of classes in California, Arizona, and New Mexico for wearing an American flag t-shirt.

We are in a bad way in this country.

Jonathan E. Grant on December 7, 2010 at 12:54 pm

You want history? How about the fact that “comprehensive research has not only shown Washington knew in advance of the Pearl Harbor attack, but deliberately withheld its foreknowledge from our commanders in Hawaii in the hope that the “surprise” attack would catapult the U.S. into World War II.”
In connection with this, please read the following article entitled “Pearl Harbor: Hawaii Was Surprised; FDR Was Not”:

http://www.thenewamerican.com/history/american/574

RJ: Isn’t the New American the magazine of anti-Semitic Pat Buchanan or the 9/11 Truther John Birch Society? Hilarious. Total BS.

ramjordan on December 7, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Ramjordan: That’s absolute nonsense. Do you know that if one bomb from the Japanese attack had gone into the oil storage facilities at Pearl Harbor, it would have been weeks before the Navy could have mounted a defense? Why in the world would FDR willingly risk that? Worse, what if the Carriers had been in the harbor like the Japanese thought they would be? A single carrier loss would have been devastating. A single spark in that bunker fuel supply would have left the Pacific Coast defenseless. Any historian who believes FDR knew in advance that PH would be attacked and didn’t warn our forces believes that FDR was an absolute fool. Such historians are clueless or so cynical that they know the only way they can sell their research is to find some grand conspiracy.

Fleiter on December 7, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Good article. Allllll too true. While so many people are busy “honoring” john lennon, I prefer the survivors of Pearl Harbor.

samurai on December 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Miss Schlussel, Et Alii:

Here at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Mississippi, we had a remembrance ceremony this morning at 0900 Hours.

I recorded it with my digital camera and posted it on my web site, “OUR ETERNAL STRUGGLE”.

I’ll also post that YOU TUBE video that you’ve posted, of President Roosevelt’s speech.

The National Archives today posted a photograph of a Navy radiogram to all ships announcing the air raid, and stating, “This is no drill.”

When I was at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C., I would regularly eat chow in the mess hall with Francis Steuve, who was a soldier in Hawaii when it was attacked.

He says the movie, “FROM HERE TO ETERNITY” (one of my favorites) is a very accurate depiction of what Army life was like in Hawaii at that time.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

John Robert Mallernee on December 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm

My mother was on duty as a switchboard operator on December 7, 1941, patching phone calls into the White House in Washington D.C. She said the switchboard suddenly and completely lit up and they knew something very serious had happened.

We weren’t squeamish about casualty numbers then, and we defeated our attackers.

Pamela on December 7, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Dad earned the Navy Cross as a TBM pilot during the 1944 Battle for Leyte Gulf, cited for “extraordinary valor” in scoring torpedo hits against the Japanese BB “Musashi” and an unknown CVL (possibly “Chitose”). Unfortunately, he passed away at 86 in January this year. My teen-aged nephew and niece honor their Granddad’s distinguished USN career and keep him always in their hearts.

Graty Slapchop on December 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm

The left has been trying for 50 or more years to purge the memory of Pearl Harbor just as they have been trying to erase the memory of 9-11. It’s up to parents and grandparents to teach our children about our history and to give them pause to remember the struggle and the men and women who fought.

kenny komodo on December 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Good posting. Ben Stein has a great chapter in one of his books “Can American Survive” where he contrasts America’s response to the 3000 dead at Pearl Harbor and the 3000 dead
at the World Trade Centers. Needless to say if our response was the same in 1941 as it was in 2001 we would be kowtowing to our Japanese masters today. as it is we will be speaking Farsi to our new masters in the future due to our lack or fortitude.

Tim on December 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Well said Tim.

    samurai on December 7, 2010 at 6:35 pm

My older sister routinely reminds me that December 7 is “A day that will live in infamy” because it’s my birthday. :+)

I always enjoy your annual Pearl Harbor article. You are 100% right about today’s kids. They don’t know because all the new texts are written by propagandists pushing against American self-defense. It’s a good thing I saved a lot of my old history books from the 60′s and 70′s. Those perspectives don’t seem to be offered anymore. Every war is “a Vietnam ” now.

There is NO Santa Claus on December 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Amen, brother. Today is my birthday as well. I can remember my early years when I would spend the entire day in the library reading about the attack. My father was on a destroyer in the S.Pacific, and he doesn’t talk much about those days, but I, for one, will never forget. Kudos, Debbie, you are, as usual, in the vanguard of patriotism.

    Kent on December 7, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Granted that most young people, with their brains addled by dumbing down and alcohol have no conception of this country’s history, or the honorable armed forces at Pearl Harbor. Unfortunately,the disease of mindlessness is spreading upwards to older people as well. I have been surprised in recent years to hear this growing mindlessness (perhaps in part due to senility, but not entirely) of older people, who forget the origins of the Cold War (you see, Russia was just gobbling up countries to gain increased security for itself) or the supposed perfidy of the CIA in the 50s, 60s, etc., or our terrible behavior in Iran (not the criticisms made by Debbie, but a crude statement that the US is just a rapacious predatory country), etc. More and more older people are being influenced by the anti-Americanism of the media, and the universities (which they often absorb secondhand from their children or grandchildren).

Sometimes it’s psychological; they think they are keeping up with younger people by absorbing these foolish attitudes and beliefs.

Little Al on December 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm

And on a side (sad) note, Google didn’t even acknowledge Pearl Harbor Day with graphics woven into the logo like they usually do. Nor do they honor any other patriotic holiday. They do honor Halloween and useless animal-related events, but never Christmas or Easter, or even Chanuka and Passover.

Now we have, and have had very stupid people that say we were the aggressors in World War II, that we never went to the moon, and that the atomic bombs should never have been used. Even though everyone knows that the war in the Pacific would have dragged on longer with casualties both military on both sides, and civilians would have been even worse. The entire male population of Japan would have been wiped out for starters.

John on December 7, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Most people don’t remember the details of the Spanish American War, and WWI. All history fades from memmory after a while.

Sir on December 8, 2010 at 2:15 am

Debbie, thank you for putting things in their proper perspectives. When I look at America today I’m ashamed at what has become of this great country. This is the land of my birth. The land where Jews and others fled from oppression. How sad that we do not teach our children about the greatest democracy in the world, but then again the route that our “esteemed” Commander in Chief and his henchmen are taking us is a sure path for disaster. May G-d watch over us.

Naomi Romm on December 8, 2010 at 8:06 am

Which led to the illegal incarceration and internment of more than 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry by the GODDAMN CHRISTIANS, which cost the U.S. $1.2 billion which was signed to law by Reagan: P.L. 100-383. The creation of an all-Japanese American military group that fought against the Nazis and liberate a concentration camp: http://www.museumoftolerance.com/site/c.tmL6KfNVLtH/b.5163189/. See why I love Jews? Speaking of Pearl Harbor truth, I do more research and see what Roosevelt did Obama has the capabilities of doing.

KOAjaps on December 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Russell Meyne who is mentioned in this article passed away on the evening of February 2, 2012 at the age of 92 years 8 months.

He lived his life remembering his days he served his country on December 7, 1941 and through his service as a B-17 Pilot in England during World War II and his 35 missions he piloted his B-17.
He is survived by two daughters, two son in-laws, 5 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren…..who will miss him dearly.

Bill Wilkinson on February 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

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