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The Ugly American
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
  More pics from Hawaii.
Alright, I'm gonna share some more with you. Even though I was working, I did manage to get out and do some stuff.

First there was the Arizona Memorial...

I included this picture with these names because my last name is on it. Twice. The list includes a lot of brothers...it was one of the reasons that the US military stopped allowing brothers to serve together.


This was by far the most somber experience while I was in Hawaii, but it's something every American should experience. You know, something about remembering history so we don't repeat it. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea for the rest of the world to see it also, so they can remember what happens when you mess with us.

Almost all the ships that were attacked on December 7, 1941 were returned to the front lines before the end of WW II. I think all but 2, the Arizona and the Oklahoma...but I could be wrong. Says something for us lazy Americans.



If you look closely at the last picture, you can see a little rainbow kinda color in the water...back in the day...when I was in the navy, one of the ships I was stationed on pulled into Pearl Harbor. I was standing the rev watch, that's 0400 to 0800...ok 4am to 8am watch on the quarterdeck...yeah yeah...the place on a ship where visitors are met and all in port watches are stood or supervised. Don't make me go into what a watch is...please!

Anyway, as the sun came up that morning, I could see this oil slick across the water. I did what any responsible watchstander would do, I contacted the CDO...Command Duty Officer...guy in charge when the captain ain't around. He told me I was an idiot and that EVERYONE knew that the Arizona had gone down with her fuel tanks full and she's been leaking a little bit every day ever since. Now you know, so don't go waking up the CDO!






This last picture is another list of names at the Arizona Memorial. It's a list of Pearl Harbor survivors that were interred at the Memorial after December 7, 1941. Starting in 1982, Pearl Harbor survivors have been allowed this honor and it is nothing less than an honor. To be laid to rest with their shipmates and friends that they had lost so many years before.








Anyway! I got more pictures...but I think you should take these in first.
 
Comments:
Your pictures are beautiful and I'm so jealous of your destination! My nephew is stationed there and I miss him so much! I hope to see all of that someday!
 
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting a Pearl Harbor Vet the other day. Luckily, my kids were with me to thank him as well. There were and are no words to express gratitude to someone who witnessed such horror, but continued to fight bravely.
Great pics.
 
I've been lucky enough to meet a few myself...back in the day, when I was in the navy, I presented colors in SF for, at the time, the 12, living CMH winners in the bay area...that was pretty impressive!
 
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