Thursday, December 8, 2011

Remember Pearl Harbor

Remember Pearl Harbor My Grandfather traveled through Pearl Harbor 2 weeks before the December 7th, 1941 sneak attack. I say sneak because that’s what it was. My Grandfather visited his old friend, Admiral Kidd, the commander of the battleship division on the Arizona. They had lunch together and reminisced about the times when they were stationed together in the Panama Canal Zone in the late 1920s.
My Grandfather returned to the states, Admiral Kidd Never left Pearl Harbor. He was killed on the bridge of the Arizona on December 7th. His body was never found, only his Naval Academy class ring, which was fused to a bulkhead in the ship. It was returned to his family. Admiral Kidd was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on December 7th 1941.
I proudly own a M1903 Springfield (Modified) and an M1 Garand both made in January 1942. They were made at the beginning of a long war, after the sacrifice of Pearl Harbor.

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