During the course of my days. I often think of those that laid down there lives so that I can roam freely about this great country of ours. I can speak my mind without fear of the government throwing me in jail for the rest of my life, or worse.
Of course this being December 7th, the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, that day set into motion events that changed the course of our nation.
This post is a tribute to that day. I will never forget, and my pledge to those that lost their lives and those that served so valiantly. I will honor you buy continually reminding my family and friends.
I have met some terrific people in my life that served our country in WWII. Johnny Flores was a neighbor of mine. He was an infantry man serving in Europe. After he passed away his wife told me that he was the highest decorated Hispanic to serve in the war.
When I was working at United Airlines, I had the privilege of meeting a gentleman that served in the pacific aboard a submarine. When I thanked him for doing what he did, the poor guy nearly cried.
There was a time when I was pumping gas, a car pulled up on the other side of the pump from mine and his license plate read P38... I don't remember the rest. When I asked him about it he told me that he was a P38 pilot stationed in England. The other half of his plate had something to do about meeting his wife during the war.
In the early 80's I worked at Saks Fifth Ave. There was a gentleman named Richard (I wish I could remember his last name) he was a belly turret gunner on a B-17 stationed in Europe.
One of my grandfathers was in the Philippines. Unfortunately that is all that I know about him serving. When I would ask him about his time there he would always change the subject. I suspect he saw some pretty grime things and just did not want to think about them.
So with that I wanted to share some pictures I was sent several months ago. I was told that these were taken right after the attack on Pearl Harbor. These pictures were found not long ago still in the camera that had been found in a footlocker.
If any one has story's of friends or family's that served. Please share them, they need to be passed down and never forgotten.
There are more pictures if any one would like to see them I would be happy to email them to you.
Thanks for taking the time to read ths post.