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December 7, 1941

Posted Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at 7:58 AM

I have to admit, the day slipped up on me. Can you imagine, (some may not have to imagine) the feelings that engulfed our nation when we received the news? It wasn't a blurb over the internet and probably most did not get it from their nightly TV broadcast, since they did not have television.

They got it from the newspaper, word of mouth or radio and I am sure it was not clear to many what was happening. Many probably did not get the news for days or even weeks afterwards.

Do you remember the confusion and fear on September 11th? We had minute to minute information overload. The people of 1941 had a daily blast of news, then word-of-mouth news that probably ran the gamut of fear and uncertainty. Maybe they had access to a radio, but many went to work not knowing anything until the end of the day, if then.

Here they were starting (back then, just starting) to think about Christmas and they hear of the death of over 2400 American military in a surprise attack by a nation many probably knew very little about. I never heard the death toll of civilians, but I am sure there were some.

This is not a time to really stir up feelings against the nation responsible but to remember the many who died and to learn from the many mistakes that were made on both sides. What is crazy is that mankind is still repeating those mistakes.

Many brave women and men are giving their lives, or living in constant threat of death while we enjoy our everyday lives. Many families have adjusted to a life on the edge, not knowing when their loved one will meet their fate, while we are living our comfortable (in comparison) life.

Just stop and think for a few moments.

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Thanks for reminding us, Steve...there's a short, very meaningful YouTube clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzgicLX_n...

that'll put the significance of the day in perspective. Bedford County, and Bell Buckle, had their share of young men who served honorably and faithfully...a special salute today to my cousin, Stanley Edwin Kwapinski, who was Bedford County's first WWII casualty, buried at sea with the USS Yorktown, the Battle at Midway.

-- Posted by dkd57 on Wed, Dec 7, 2011, at 10:13 AM

My late father in law, James Manuel Smith was serving on the USS Pennsylvania at Pearl Harbor on that fateful day. The Pennsylvania was then the flagship of the Pacific fleet.

On the rare occasion he would speak of the attack, he would talk about the bravery and courageous acts of those he served with. He also mentioned the courage of the civillian population and their many acts of kindness. Mr. Smith was a true American hero and one of the finest men I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Fri, Dec 9, 2011, at 11:53 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.