12/07/20 - NNHS Newsletter -
Pearl Harbor Day Plus 79 Years
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy -
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Tug boats push the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) to its new berth at Ford Island, on June 22, 1998, as it joins the USS Arizona Memorial (foreground) in Pearl Harbor, HA. Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton signed the Donation Agreement on May 4th, 1998"
"(The agreement allows) Missouri to be used as a museum near the Arizona Memorial as symbols of the beginning and the end of World War II. The Missouri was towed 2,600-miles across the Pacific Ocean from Bremerton, WA."
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
We try always to observe this day here. Our 2007 issue contains our darlin' Herbie's (22 Oct 1924 - 18 Apr 2008) first person account.
Beyond that it remains largely unchanged from year to year, because we got it right the first time.
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/27/05 - "Music for Pearl Harbor Day":
|The attack on Pearl Harbor set in
motion the largest sea war in history. Nowhere is that war musically
depicted any better than in Richard Rodgers' score for "Victory At Sea".
Attached is a 117 KB (10 min 30 sec) MIDI file which excerpts all the major and recognizable themes from the score. Best of all, it will not repeat while subscribers are reading the Newsletter ... unless they click a link and return.
The source site contains individual MP3 files for each of the sections of the score for those who wish to hear more of the original: http://victoryatseaonline.com/victory_music.html
I recall watching the series in first run in the early 50s. While it certainly did not glamorize war, it surely intoxicated an impressionable 7 year old. And it was even more poignant in that my dad had REALLY been there as a submariner. With all of that at work, how could I ever choose any way of life except the Navy. Those themes still evoke very strong emotions in me, and make me wish I could go to sea once again on an old destroyer. Those who have been there know precisely what I mean; those who have not will never know.
For a very evocative realization of a storm at sea, listen to this track at about the 1:00 minute mark: http://home.comcast.net/~pflyersboy/victory/mare_nostrum.mp3
You may already have considered this, but the
image for that newsletter must be the USS Arizona Memorial juxtaposed
against the USS Missouri, the "alpha" and "omega" of World War II in the
Other than Cesar Franck's Symphony in D minor which will take you to Heaven and Hell and back again, I know of no symphonic work which covers such a range of emotions as "Victory at Sea". What a powerful MIDI you located! And the image you chose is beyond perfection.
I used to watch that series with my daddy (the late Robert Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25) as well. For an Army man, he had enormous respect for the Navy and the job they did in winning that war. I cannot begin to imagine how you must have felt as a child, or now, or during all the intervening years as your career passed through so many stages. It overwhelms me to even try.
When Mr. Wilson chose an arrangement of that piece for us to play in concert (was it in 1962?), I was so thrilled, for so many reasons. The band had played it several years earlier, and I was afraid he wouldn't use it again. Parts of it I can still play to this day, more than forty years later.
Thank you, Captain. No one could have done it better. No one ever does.
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/27/05 - "Pearl Harbor Day":
Re: CLIPART. If you are looking for some small images
of ships, you might look here:
Specifically, some images of ARIZONA can be found here:
but also have a look at the other pages of photos linked there.
Thank you again, David. I did look, but I decided to use only images of Arizona as a metaphor for all the other ships and lives lost on that horrible day.
The death of Arizona (BB-39), 0805, December 7, 1941
|The forward magazines of Arizona explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5).||The forward magazines of Arizona explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Black and white photo from a picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5). Photo shows greater contrast than the color one at left.||The forward magazines of Arizona (BB-39) explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5).||The forward superstructure and Number Two 14"/45 triple gun turret of the sunken Arizona (BB-39), afire after the Japanese raid. The foremast is leaning as a result of the collapse of the hull structure below its front leg, following the explosion of the ship's forward magazines.||Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning furiously. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb. At left, men on the stern of Tennessee (BB-43) are playing fire hoses on the water to force burning oil away from their ship.||Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning after the Japanese attack. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb, resulting in the collapse of structure below her two forward turrets and superstructure. The tug Hoga(YT-146) is alongside, fighting fires on board the wrecked battleship.|
|Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-13513, now in the collections of the National Archive||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-6683, now in the collections of the National Archives.||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-13512, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 97379, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-19942, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.||
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND the late Tim Parsons (NNHS / Menchville HS - '73) (d. 10/29/17)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57) AND Joan Gardner ('63);
10 - John Murden ('60) of VA AND Glen Davenport ('63) of VA;
11 - Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL;
12 - Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of PA AND Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73);
13 - The late Kay Davis Smith ('57) (d. 25 June 2019);
14 - Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!
Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
Sunday, December 07, 1941 - Attack on Pearl Harbor – The Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the US Pacific Fleet and its defending Army Air Forces and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii with nearly 200 Japanese warplanes. Because of the time difference due to the International Date Line, the events of December 8 occurred while the date was still December 7 to the east of this line. The attack resulted in the U.S. entering into World War II.
|THIS DAY IN 1970:|
|December 07, 1970 - Cartoonist, sculptor, and author
Rube Goldberg (b. Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg on 04 July 1883 in
San Francisco, California) died in
New York City,
New York at the age of 87.
From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 12/07/14, 7:37 AM - "Remember Pearl Harbor":
|There are but a handful of
men still alive that can tell us what it was like to be onboard one of
the battleships sunk on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked
The attached includes such an account, and an amazing one at that which reflects the vivid memories of a Greatest Generation member whom it has been my good fortune to get to know and admire in recent years.
His story is recommended reading on this day of remembrance.
Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Bill!
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/04/15:
|“I plead with you to
control your tempers, to put a smile upon your faces, which will erase
anger; speak out with words of love and peace, appreciation, and
respect. If you will do this, your lives will be without regret. Your
marriages and family relationships will be preserved. You will be much
happier. You will do greater good. You will feel a sense of peace that
will be wonderful. May the Lord bless you and inspire you to walk
without anger, without bitterness of any kind, but to reach out to
others with expressions of friendship, appreciation, and love.”
-Gordon B. Hinckley
(23 June 1910 - 27 Jan 2008)
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/07/17:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/07/18, @ 7:00 AM - "December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor Day is a Case Study for Readiness":
Never forget what happened on this day,
December 7, 1941. To have peace, we must always be prepared
through strength, for until Christ returns to rule the world,
evil will always be lurking nearby.
Early Sunday morning on December 7, 1941 started out like any other Sunday in the Hawaiian Islands. Many had partied the night before and were sleeping in, including sailors about the USS Arizona and other ships in the harbor. Others awoke to have breakfast and get ready for a bright and sunny visit to church. But regardless of what their plans were, all in the vicinity of Pearl Harbor were shocked when they heard, then saw warplanes coming in from the north and realized they were Japanese. Within minutes the harbor and many Navy buildings on the sprawling base were ablaze and, just like that, World War II began once President Roosevelt declared we were at war before a joint session of Congress the next day.
Within weeks, the beginning of a rapid buildup for military action was underway. America had allowed herself to become complacent after World War I, and war weaponry and equipment was in very low supply as was the size of our standing military forces. So, in the early days of the conflict in the Pacific, the Japanese rapidly expanded their gains as America was helpless. Meanwhile, the German front would open and our homeland would find itself in the unenviable position of fighting a two front war across both the Pacific and Atlantic.
|And out of nowhere came the warplanes.|
That first Christmas was a tough one and families faced the realization that many of their loved ones would soon be headed off to war with the likelihood of return filled with uncertainty. But Americans came together as we do in periods of crisis, and the war machine cranked up quickly, thousands and thousands of volunteers and draftees were trained and sent overseas and before long both the Japanese and the Germans realized that their foe would be formidable. As Admiral Yamamoto said when told that the Pearl Harbor attack failed to knock out American aircraft carriers, "We have awakened a sleeping giant." And that sleeping giant would get on her feet with a massive buildup that provided to be the undoing of both the German and Japanese war machines. It was, however, a long and difficult four years to reach that point.
So, as we approach Christmas 2018, I hope all Americans will take a minute to remember what our fighting forces did during the most brutal of conflicts so many years ago and pray for peace. Further, I also hope we will always remember that the road to peace requires us to be ready for any eventuality, for despotic leaders always seek to add territory and control of others when they detect weakness. May America always be strong and apply a policy of peace through strength which does more to reach the wish for harmony, peace and joy as Christmas represents than other options if we look at history. History never fails us, it shows what happens time and time again when we fail to listen.
May God bless you and may God bless America for Christmas and all time. If we follow His plan for Salvation we can never fail.
Thank you so much, Jimmy!
From Kathy Morrow Glazier ('67) of VA - 12/07/17:
USA Thanks for your sacrifice!
Thank you very much, Kathy!
|“To attract men, I
wear a perfume called New Car Interior.”
From John Murden ('60) of VA - 12/05/20.11:50 AM:
The new travel guides are out ...
HA HA! Thanks, John!
From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/06/17:
Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario
- Richard Rodgers
(28 June 1902 - 30 Dec 1979)
"Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario" midi courtesy of
Image of the
USS Arizona Memorial juxtaposed against the USS Missouri courtesy of
Images of the Death of Arizona
(BB-39) courtesy of
Animated United States Marine Corps and Army Flags clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of
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