A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you out there in Arizona, and to your folks in the Dallas area.
Before I close, let me share this bit of historical irony.
I have long sought any information related to a boyhood friend, Tommy Lightfoot, who was aboard the USS ARIZONA at the moment it was hit at Pearl Harbor.
I knew that he had survived the bombing, and then died a short time later. I had approached this Forum for possible leads to him, to no avail.
Yesterday, I paid a visit to my favorite book store (Half Price), and while brousing the military inventory, as I usually do, I came across a recently published hard back (1997)titled USS ARIZONA.
First, I looked up CASUALTIES, and there was WORTH ROSS LIGHTFOOT (as a boy, called Tommy.) He was also listed in the index, with a two page reference, which described in part his activities at the moment of attack.
This reference stated that he was a member of a 16-man gunnery section, and that he and only two of the others made it to the gun. They had managed to secure a round of ammunition, and rammed it home, but were unable to fire the cannon. Almost immediately, the section was hit again, and the three were blown overboard. He did survive, briefly.
I know from the ABMC listing, that he expired 1 Feb 42, at Honolulu, where he is interred in the Memorial Cemetery.
It mentions one of the men, James Foster, who is also pictured in the book, and is even quoted on the book jacket.
So by the grace of a brief store visit, I came away with a host of good insight into my friend's final moments.