December 7, 2011, - 2:33 am

Remember Pearl Harbor, 70 Years Ago Today

By Debbie Schlussel

Seventy years ago today, on December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. 2,459 U.S. military personnel and other Americans 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.


Until then, America hadn’t really entered World War II. They attacked us. Just like all the many attacks in which the replacement “they”–Islamic terrorists and the vast majority of the Islamic world that cheers them on–have attacked us, and not just on 9/11/01, but well before and after. On 9/11, President Bush wrote in his diary, “The Pearl Harbor of the 21st century took place today.” But he did not fight the enemy the way American did post-Pearl Harbor. Instead, he further embraced the enemy. That’s just one of the many reasons why it’s so important to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor.

With only about 2,700 survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack still alive, today is a monumental anniversary. There will likely be only a fraction of those alive for the 75th anniversary.  At the time of the attack, there were 60,000 U.S. military personnel serving in the area and the surrounding South Pacific.  And since there are fewer and fewer remaining Pearl Harbor survivors, this important day in American history is quickly receding into history, barely a memory.  And, most important, we’ve already forgotten their resolve to fight back.

Whereas yesterday they fought back against the Japanese and America entered and won World War II, today, we have a silent attack–with Muslims entering our shores and multiplying, and with us doing nothing to stop it. 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.

Sadly, on our end, we’ve lost the fortitude and bravery to fight back. We’ve surrendered our shores through immigration and open borders to the enemy. And instead of fighting back, our institutions and culture have bent over forward and backward for this enemy in our midst.

As I’ve said before, yesterday we responded to the Japanese who attacked us and their allies, the Nazis. Today, we attack our own and enable the new Nazis.

G-d Bless all the brave men who died 70 years ago today. Let’s make sure their deaths continue to mean something–that we never forget, but also that we connect the dots and fight back against Islam’s silent Pearl Harbor on our shores, which succeeds without sending a single explosive device to Hawaii.

One of the remaining survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack is 91-year-old Constantine Socrates Savalas (brother of the late actor, Telly Savalas, of “Kojack” and “James Bond” (Blofeld) fame).

“I stand before you as a witness to the destruction of ships and destroyers at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941,” said Savalas, briefly describing the surprise attack by the Japanese.

He sings a song to students regarding his experience, with these lyrics:

There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.

There’s a pain goes on and on.

Empty chairs at empty tables.

Now my friends are dead and gone.


Savalas was aboard the heavy cruiser Astoria that had left Pearl Harbor and was off the island of Oahu when 353 Japanese fighters struck in what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called “a date which will live in infamy.”

He was operating his ship’s radio when the Morse code call for help came from Pearl Harbor.

“The message said ‘This is not a drill! Come to our aid! We’re under attack!’ and it was repeated over and over,”‘ Savalas said. “I ran and woke up my communications officer. He was aggravated at first that I had awakened him.”

When the Astoria hurried back to Pearl Harbor, Savalas and his shipmates were stunned at what they saw. All eight of the Navy’s mighty battleships were sunk or badly damaged. So were three cruisers, three destroyers, a minelayer and an anti-aircraft training ship.

“The fires were still burning. It was unbelievable they had gotten these big ships,” he said.

Read more about the Pearl Harbor attacks from several survivors who remember it like it was yesterday.

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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27 Responses

They torture and murder innocent civilians.

Dear Debbie: The Japanese and the Nazis also tortured and murdered innocent civilians.

The song is from the Boradway musical Les Miserables. Every time I hear it, I cry.

Happy Pearl Harbor Day to all the patriotic Americans on this website.

Miranda Rose Smith on December 7, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Happy pearl harbor day? Never knew it was a happy day. Yes that was sarcastic.

    Mohamad in Dearborn on December 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

A great DVD to rent, if you want to commemorate on Pearl Harbor Day, is the Claudette Colbert film SO PROUDLY WE HAIL.

Miranda Rose Smith on December 7, 2011 at 3:03 am

I wish them eternal rest. They defended a country that unfortunately is disappearing.

worry01 on December 7, 2011 at 4:50 am

Great post, Debbie. Never forget indeed.

DS_ROCKS! on December 7, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Amen, DS_Rocks!

    JeffE on December 8, 2011 at 12:28 am

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sistergirl on December 7, 2011 at 6:44 am

Oops link broken. Try this one. File under more faux Muslim morality…

“Girl gang who kicked woman in the head while yelling ‘kill the white slag’ freed after judge hears ‘they weren’t used to drinking because they’re Muslims'” kicked-young-woman-head-walk-free-court-judge-hears-used-drunk.html#ixzz1fkqL99uf

sistergirl on December 7, 2011 at 7:05 am

more fact free analysis from someone who can’t bear the truth. We committed acts of war when we applied a tight oil embargo on the Japanese. In the Asian equivalent of the Nuremberg Tribunals, it was deemed that the US oil embargo created an existential crisis for Japan.

And today, despite being in total compliance with the IAEA, we are doing the same thing to Iran. We did the same thing to Iraq and the rest of the Arab world, long before 9/11. You are an instrument of hate, deception and lies. Sophists such as yourself are the greatest evil in a rational world. But, you know nothing of earnestness, and don’t give a damn for the facts.

scottindallas on December 7, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Scotty, how was the U.S. imposing an oil embargo on Japan an act of war? Did Japan have some special right to American oil production? Also, do you have any idea why it was being done? Would you like to explain to the Chinese how Japan’s invasion of their country was a good thing? What Asian tribunals are you talking about little guy?

    As for IAEA compliance, Iran certainly is not making that body

    You really do need to try harder Scotty.

    “You are an instrument of hate, deception and lies.” It sounds like you are projecting your own characteristics. Try peddling your inane drivel on Stormfront. You will be in good company there.

    Major Hasan is certainly your brother in personal defilement.

    Worry01 on December 7, 2011 at 10:13 am

    You are a complete and total idiot. First of all, we only stopped sending our own oil to Japan. Japan was free to get oil from others. Such an embargo is not an act of war. But then, what do I know? I have only been an attorney for 27 years, while you have been an idiot your whole life.

    Second, we imposed the embargo because Japan was raping and murdering hundreds of thousands of Chinese. Does morality mean anything to you? I am sure a dipsh-t like you supports a boycott of Israel.

    Three, we were actually attacked by the Japanese before the embargo. In 1937, while going up the Yangtze River, the USS Panay was strafed and bombed by the Japanese. A number of Americans were killed. This act of war occurred before the oil embargo.

    Try reading a little about history before you make a bigger schmuck of yourself.

    I do have to correct Sean that the attack on the Philippines occurred about eight hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor. McArthur screwed up, and left the Army Air Corp planes on the ground, wingtip to wingtip. He should have been court marshalled.

    Jonathan E. Grant on December 7, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Jonathan, you nailed it on the head with this Texas moron Scottindallas, you mentioned that he “supports a boycott of Israel”, Mr. Grant, on the “Donald Trump thread” a few pages below this one, this Scott showed his true colors of quasi anti-Israel rants, here’s what this POS said in 100% context:

      scottindallas, December 7, 2011 at 9:47 am: “She doesn’t believe in America, she’d subvert this whole country for her love, ISrael.”

      And this Scottindallas loser had the nerve to libel and defame DS by calling her a racist for NO reason at all. BTW Jon, you’re right about the Philipines being attacked hours after the Japanese cowardly attacked us, so my fault for my error from my message at 10:30 am today. Also, the Japanese Imperial Navy was engaging with the US, due to fear of “waking a sleeping giant.” And we all know what happended, hours after we where attacked by the Japanese, President Roosevelt declared war against Japan and our entry into the WWII began, and I also believe Italy declared war on us for entering the second world war!

      “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

      Sean R. on December 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Aww, poor Scotty doesn’t like history. Too bad, peacenik. If isolationists/pacifists like you had THEIR way, there’d still be slavery in Dixie, the west coast, Alaska & Hawaii would all be Japanese Imperial Territories & the east coast to the heartland would be Bundland.

    You isolationists are a hoot, I’ll give you that…

    Con Chef (NB) on December 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Debbie, don’t forget that prior to the Japenese (we called them Japs back then, just like some of us call the muslims “muzzies”) attacking Pearl Harbor, they attacked the Philipine Islands.

And Scottindallas, quit talking out of you’re ass schmuck, you’re the one who’s the real sophist here, NOT DS. And you’re the one who’s the instrument of hate, lies, not only you and your ilk are dragging this country down, but you and you’re ilk are also dragging the world down with your own stupidity and propaganda!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on December 7, 2011 at 10:34 am

So Scottindallas, the oil embargo on Japan justified the thousands of lives lost on the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Phillipines, Guam, the rape of Nanking, the Bataan Death March, the torture and brutality of the Japanese POW camps, the brutalization of China, their alignment as allies with Nazi Germany….so the USA was the bad guy here?

Justin on December 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

For the record, to this day (and we’re talking 66 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki) Japanese students are STILL taught all this nonsense about gas rationing in their history classes. They simply cannot bring themselves to admit that they were once bad people who needed to be disciplined.

At least Germany has turned their concentration camps into learning experiences for tourists. If it had been up to me, at the time, I would’ve forced the Japanese to leave Hiroshima in complete ruins, and do nothing but erect a giant sign in the middle of it that reads, “We Brought This Upon Ourselves.”

Irving on December 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

DS is always very good at remembering our fallen heroes. I had forgotten this important date in history.

Yes there may have been a kind of economic warfare against the Japs (shorthand for Japanese) but nothing worthy of the military attack on Pearl Harbor.

And the nukes that were dropped on Japan actually saved lives in the end. Both American and Japanese.

Scottindallas, where is the next “Occupy” love fest going to be?

fanofdebster on December 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I once had a Japanese girlfriend who took me to her family’s home in Japan. Her brother in law referred to Truman as a war criminal. As I started to set him straight about the Japanese war crimes that led up to the Atomic Bomb, he was quick to change the subject.

Similarly, I was once on Japanese televion, after a hate America crowd organized at the People’s Republic of American University on the anniversary of Hiroshima, criticized the dropping of the bomb. I again set the record straight.

Jonathan E. Grant on December 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Imagine if we elected a born in Japan President instead of Franklin Delano, even worse imagine this imaginary president visiting Tokyo and giving advice to the emperor, and Tojo on how to deal with China and Indonesia.
This would be analagous to when then senator Obama visted his Muslim extremist relative in Kenya (2008) to give advice on how to win election resulting in an extremist Sharia president who instigated murderous violence and repression not only of moderates, but of Christians who are still prohibited from practicing their faith.
If we were serious in our war against Islamic terrr we would copy Roosevelt’s extreme response by ordering the cessation of US manufactured oil guzzling cars and switch to alternative engines.
In this war on Islamic based terror it would it not be strategically wise to curtail the purchase of oil from states sympathetic to our enemy.
Instead we now have a president who prefers to bash Israel for building settlements on what Israel’s as well as our enemies consider disputed territories.
Considering our president’s past intefering visit to Kenya on behalf of an Islamic Shiite extremist coupled with his middle name being Hussein what do you expect?

Ron Wolf on December 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    It does not work that way. Electric cars, which in fact are still just hybrids, are not ready for prime time. Also, the bulk of our electrical power is generated through the use of fossil fuels(coal and natural gas). In short, there are no alternative engines out there that even now would run as economically as those currently powered by various forms of refined oil. Even with the Chevy Volt, you get horribly expensive subcompact with an effective range of 30-40 miles and a battery with a tendency to catch on fire. Even with massive direct and indirect government subsidies, the Chevy Volt is a very hard car to sell. Alternative fuel engines are a dream that has never come true, despite decades of research, development, and various subsidies. The people who back it remind me of the members of various cults who on the word of a designated prophet await the return of a god or his messenger on a cliff top. Despite one prophet’s failed prediction, the same crowd or crowds gather when a similar proclamation is made a surprisingly short time later. Whether it is alternative fuels or the prophetic utterances of cults, let them prove their worth in some concrete way before rabidly pursuing them. Chasing after chimeras is not only expensive, but potentially dangerous.

    Worry01 on December 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I had the honor to briefly serve with the last active duty survior of Pearl Harbour. He was a Master Chief I meet while stationed at Treasure Island in San Francisco. It was my duty (and honor) to show him around TI and escort him to a brief ceremony for his discharge. He told me some great (and terrifying) stories. I will never forget this gentlemen. They were truly our great generation.

Paul Hosse

Paul on December 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Remember Pearl Harbor — Keep America Alert!

(Now deceased) America’s oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, living his 101st year is former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Ordnanceman (ACOM), later wartime commissioned Lieutenant John W. Finn, U. S. Navy (Ret.). He is also the last surviving Medal of Honor, “The Day of Infamy”, Japanese Attack on the Hawaiian Islands, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941.

(Now deceased) ‘Navy Centenarian Sailor’, 103 year old, former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Radioman (ACRM, Combat Aircrewman), later wartime commissioned Chief Warrant Officer Julio ‘Jay’ Ereneta, U. S. Navy (Ret.), is a thirty year career veteran of World War One and World War Two. He first flew aircrewman in August 1922; flew rearseat Radioman/Gunner (1920s/1930s) in the tactical air squadrons of the Navy’s first aircraft carriers, USS LANGLEY (CV-1) and USS LEXINGTON (CV-2).

Visit my photo album tribute to these centenarian veteran shipmates and other Pearl Harbor survivors:

San Diego, California

TetVet68 on December 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Never forget Pearl Harbor day.

G-d bless all the U.S. military personnel both those who died and those who experienced and survived the horrible attack.

May G-d also grant both the strength and wisdom to the United States, Israel, and the other Western Countries to defeat the Islamic threat of today.

JeffE on December 8, 2011 at 12:27 am

Below is my post from last year’s Pearl Harbor Anniversary which is even more relevant today because more people are now aware of the conspiracy among the elitists to establish a one-world government (Debbie’s slanderous comment from last year is also included):

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”:

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 8, 2011 at 1:03 am


It just so happens that I read David Khan’s book The Codebreakers: The Story of Secret Writing where on page 976 he cites Samuel E. Morisom’s book Two-Ocean War in saying “that a Japanese defeat at Pearl Harbor would have better served a warmongering policy by preserving the forces of war.”

JeffE on December 8, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Correction: David Kahn.

JeffE on December 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

“Isn’t the New American the magazine of anti-Semitic Pat Buchanan”

Buchanan’s life as a media jockey and political groupie has been dedicated to blaming the victim, whether it’s Poles in the Blitzkrieg, Jews in Auschwitz or Americans at Pearl Harbor. This is like blaming Megan’s Law on Megan. But I can’t say I’m surprised that Pat takes his ethical cues from NAMBLA.

Gary Rosen on December 9, 2011 at 2:36 am

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