Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pearl Harbor Day

A little over three years ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Pearl Harbor.

It was a reverent place, and an awesome experience. Below are some of the pictures that I took (click to enlarge):

May those brave souls never be forgotten!


Shamelessly stolen from the AWD website:


Keads said...


Anonymous said...

I stood on that deck some 30 years ago reviewing the names of those who lost their lives on 7 Dec 1941 … and standing next to me was an older fellow who nudged me on the shoulder and, pointing to a name on the bulkhead said, “That fellow was our neighbor back home, before he joined the Navy …”

I was thunderstruck by the realization of how small our world has become! The gentleman’s comment touched me in a peculiar way; it made the attack an almost personal experience. You are right, Brooke: we must never forget. Thank you for your post today!

Semper Fidelis

Brooke said...

Keads: Indeed! :)

Mustang: I can't believe it, either. Although no one in my family that I know of died in WWII, I do have relatives I can trace to WWI (Muse-Argonne) and even the Civil War. I even have a few letters written in the hand of one of my ancestors before he perished at Ft. Jackson.

I have to say, standing there on that deck, reading the names, watching the oil STILL welling up... Wow. It does make the experience far more personal.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Thank You Brooke for not forgetting.

WomanHonorThyself said...

thanks Brooke...lovely! (hugs)

Chuck said...

I have always wanted to go

Always On Watch said...

Mr. AOW and I visited Pearl Harbor on our one and only extravagant vacation in 1983. We visited the harbor and Punchbowl Cemetery. However, we didn't get to stand on the deck because we hadn't made the proper arrangements in advance.

Good tribute, Brooke.

Always On Watch said...

BTW, that's a wonderful video. It gave me goosebumps!

Brooke said...

Odie: It's hard to forget when you have been there!

Angel: Glad you liked it!

Chuck: If you ever get the chance to go, you should! You'll never forget it.

AOW: I do have a few pics of the Punchbowl Cemetery, but only through bus windows as we weren't allowed out.

Glad you liked the video! I couldn't let that one go!

Jarheads Blog said...

Super post, thank you for it.