December 7, 2007, - 9:48 am

Pearl Harbor, 66th Anniversary

By Debbie Schlussel
On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked. Until then, we had not really entered World War II. They attacked us. Just like all the many attacks in which the replacement-“they” have attacked us–not just on 9/11/01, but well before and after.
Today, 66 years later there is nary a peep in the mainstream media or on the newscasts. But there are five Pearl Harbor survivors, in their 80s and 90s, who regularly volunteer at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, talking to visitors and keeping history alive. There were 15, but now just five (check out the photo gallery of these suriving heroes). These heroes are dying out:

They are the ironmen of their generation, living through Dec. 7, 1941, and the World War that followed, and defying the pitfalls of age and health into their 80s and 90s.


The five Pearl Harbor survivors who regularly volunteer at the USS Arizona Memorial visitor center, talking and joking with tourists and signing autographs, may have lost a step or two, but not their wit.
“He’s the old man right here,” Alfred Rodrigues, 87, said while cocking his head toward Herb Weatherwax. “How old are you, Dad?”
Weatherwax, sitting at the same table, stated that he’s 90.
“It’s been 90 beautiful years. Beautiful,” said the former soldier. That excludes some dark times, though, such as witnessing the destruction of Pearl Harbor and Wheeler Army Airfield.
When a 55-year-old woman from New Jersey swoops over, plants a kiss on Rodrigues’ cheek and says “Thank you” and starts to walk away, Weatherwax chimes in, “Hey, come back!” widening his ever-present smile.
That’s how it goes when the aging survivors are holding court. But it’s a limited engagement, and they are a dwindling resource whose presence has become that much more precious as their ranks have thinned.
Ten years ago, about 15 Pearl Harbor survivors were part of the pool of veterans who mingled with visitors. Several years ago, that number had fallen to 10, and now there are just the five.
One of the regulars, Air Force veteran Bill Cope, died on Nov. 25 at age 94.
“The attrition level is here, and we know that every day that they show up, it’s sort of like a gift,” said Arizona Memorial historian Daniel Martinez.
The numbers are reflective of the nationwide loss of the “greatest generation,” and of the ever-shrinking survivor turnout for the next anniversary of the attack that launched the United States into World War II.
On Friday, fewer than 50 are expected at Kilo pier for the 66th anniversary. Eighteen survivors from the battleship USS Oklahoma — a large number — are coming for the dedication of a new memorial on Ford Island. . . .
Robert Kinzler was in the 25th Infantry Division. During the attack, his company was ordered to take up a position at Roosevelt High School, and Kinzler saw the Pearl Harbor destruction.
Weatherwax, who was born in Honolulu in 1917, received the instruction to report to his duty station at Schofield Barracks that morning. Late in the war, his unit joined up with Russian soldiers in western Germany.
Sterling Cale, a Navy corpsman on Dec. 7, 1941, was in charge of the burial party removing bodies from the USS Arizona.


Navy Corpsman/Pearl Harbor Survivor Sterling Cale

Everett Hyland was serving aboard the USS Pennsylvania, which was in drydock No. 1 on that morning, and was seriously wounded when a Japanese bomb exploded near his battle station.
And Rodrigues, who was born in Kapa’a, Kaua’i, was at Bishop’s Point at Pearl Harbor. He was issued a .30-caliber rifle and started shooting at the Japanese planes that passed overhead.
Rodrigues had just sat down for breakfast when the general alarm sounded.
“Just before the general alarm sounded, we heard a lot of explosions,” Rodrigues said. “But you know, many times, they were working in Pearl Harbor, dredging the harbor, so we thought nothing of it.”
Then he saw the rising sun on the planes and knew O’ahu was being attacked.
“They were flying low enough to see the pilots’ faces,” Rodrigues added. “It was scary. It was scary.” . . .
Those firsthand accounts won’t be around forever. The veterans themselves know it most of all.
Rodrigues said there are only 19 members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association still on O’ahu.
“The Arizona had 233 survivors, and I just got word … that there are only 25 living,” he said. “I hate to say it, but we know that our time is coming. I don’t go to church, but I say my prayers.”
In the meantime, they are ambassadors of history from a time of world conflict and, ultimately, peace with Japan and Germany. . . .
Martinez, the Arizona Memorial’s historian, said hundreds of “oral histories” from survivors have been recorded over the years. But the real-life link in the not-too-distant future will be gone.
“These stories will remain alive, but what will be a loss is for the visitors, because the visitors have a chance today to touch history by meeting (the veterans), getting an autograph and a picture with them,” Martinez said. “That’s going to be lost, and that is irreplaceable.”

Remember Pearl Harbor, because they won’t be around for too much longer to remember it for you.
As I wrote last year:

[Then,] we were fighting a more finite, defeatable enemy. On December 7, 1941, 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.
Today, we are fighting the new version of those allied with the Japanese–the new Nazis. They are far more committed, far more dangerous. They don’t just bomb ships and planes and military. They torture and murder innocent civilians.
Do we have the resolve? It seems that our resolve is sinking along with the Pearl Harbor Memorial which is sinking into the ground beneath it and may need to be propped up? Who will prop the back-to-sleep America from its sinking beneath the Islamic fundamentalism on our own shores?

Sadly, these Pearl Harbor vets won’t be around much longer. And we have a dearth of those like them in today’s day and age, willing to fight the enemy and to what it takes.
From my 2005 coverage of Pearl Harbor Day, don’t forget 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.

Never forget Pearl Harbor. And never forget that we are facing an enemy far more fierce, an enemy that is slowly defeating us.


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A local talk show host here in Philadelphia, a Dom Giordano, was reading a list of the dumbest things college students have said. Kind of like Leno’s Jaywalking. Some dumb things on that list. This college student was asked what he knew about Pearl Harbor. His response was, “wasn’t that in retaliation for us dropping two atomic bombs on Japan?” You can’t make this stuff up.

John Cunningham on December 7, 2007 at 3:34 pm

It’s a good thing the Nazis attacked the Soviet Union BEFORE December 7, 1941. Had they not done so, the American far-left would have rationalized on December 8, 1941 that we deserved to be attacked and that we had it coming because we made the Japanese angry. The American far-left would have asked: “Why do they hate us?”

There is NO Santa Claus on December 7, 2007 at 9:21 pm

Ironically, the far right did not want to go to war because George W. Bush’s grand daddy was dealing with Hitler:
IBM was also responsible for the database of the Jews in all the concentration camps in Europe. The republicans didn’t want to go to war, they wanted to make money!
But that does not excuse what Roosevelt and his elite buddies in the Bilderberg…another Nazi organization…had in mind. Was the attack a surprise attack? Yes it was to the soldiers but not to the Bush and Roosevelt regime:
Japanese Midget Submarine
The discovery of the midget submarine confirms the account radioed to naval command at Pearl Harbor at 6:45 am on Dec. 7, 1941 .
This was many false flags the DLC used to get us to go to war so that the military industrial complex can make millions if not billions for themselves.
And speaking about Bilderbergs, Hillary Clinton spoke to the Bilderbergs in Canada, violating the Logan’s Act: something Debbie as a lawyer knows about but may have had approval by the President of the United States…wait. Hillary is a Democrat. She had permission from a Republican president and avoid violating the Logan’s Act to speak in front of thw Bilderberg members? It makes no sense, until you realize that Hillary has been picked by the Bilderbergs…An organization who had or has Nazi supporters or ex-Nazis before, during and after WW2, and most likely end up being president of the United States, with all the power like: the Patriot Act 1 and 2, Continuity of Government, and other dictatorial powers created by George W. Bush on you, approved by the republican party in Congress? And with the popularity of the republican party going down the drain (I am one), will lose a lot more seat in Congress, because, Bush does not give a shit about Osama bin Laden and what he did on 9/11 (
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive
But not 9/11, according to the FBI. “The FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden with the 9/11 attacks on america” – FBI spokesman Rex Tomb… Why then is Hillary, like Bush, saying we have to go after Osama bin Laden for 9/11 when he’s not wanted for 9/11? Because they are the same league people and guess what, because of that litle thing called the “Left right paradigm”? You folks were too busy bashing the DLC, while our party was infiltrated by the neo-cons and the DLC put her little puppet in, and that puppet’s name is Hillary. She’s going to win because many of you, not all, Debbie had the foresight to see the truth and posted, but many of you, including that loudmouth half-man Ann Coulter gave his allegiance to Bush, as many of you did. There is NO Santa Claus, there is no left/right anymore. They were taken over and you were blinded by that paradigm. Hillary wins? And the FEMA camps will open up, hauling in all of you folks. We didn’t learn in Pearl Harbor and we didn’t learn in Iraq and Afghanistan.

KOAJaps on December 8, 2007 at 2:43 am

There has Got to be a way to filter out libtards like koajaps before they can post…

Gary on December 8, 2007 at 5:27 am

There has Got to be a way to filter out libtards like koajaps before they can post…
Posted by: Gary [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 8, 2007 05:27 AM
Liberal? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, YA IDIOT! You’re a republican and Roosevelt was a Democrat. You support the party that supports terrorists? Hey jizz for brains, even Deb the conservative dislike the direction RNC is going, so is she a libtard too? And you want to censor out dissent? You a libertard too? Gawd, think once with your brain and not with your ass. Jesus! BTW, God is dead and Jesus was a rabbi. Christianity sucks but I love the Jews because they supported my people…unlike you lefty faggots who put my people in prison.

KOAJaps on December 8, 2007 at 8:27 pm

“And never forget that we are facing an enemy far more fierce, an enemy that is slowly defeating us.”
That’s it in the proverbial nutshell, isn’t it? No need for the Islamo-Nazis to commit another 9/11-style attack on our shores — just let the politicos who run our lives (be they Rep’s or Dhimmis) kow-tow to the complainers at every turn, and very soon we’ll all be living under Sharia Law and the Caliphate will reign supreme, all over the world.
Pretty much, though, “the world” doesn’t really matter — if the USA goes, all other nations will follow. So, the fight is here, and the fight is now; if we are doomed, the rest of the world is doomed (who do you think will stand up to the Islamists, if not the United States of America?). Hmmmm, can’t think of anybody except Israel, and they will be overwhelmed as soon as the U.S. is gone.
Not a pretty prospect, is it? Think about that, KOAJaps, when they come to decapitate you . . .

theendisnear on December 9, 2007 at 1:00 pm

Dam, KOA Japs, what crawled up your ass?

John Cunningham on December 10, 2007 at 12:33 am

koajaps is clearly a leftist plant.

Gary on December 10, 2007 at 7:34 am

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