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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

December 7, 1941

Posted Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at 7:58 AM
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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_nzg&feature=youtu.be

    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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