Dec. 7, 1941, "A Day Of Infamy".The numbers are thinning of those that can remember where they were and what they were doing on that fateful Sun. afternoon 67 years ago.The day that plunged us into the greatest armed conflict in the history of mankind.The daythat changed forever the lives of 16.2 million young, and some not so young, men who marched off to do battle with the Evil Axis.Of whom 400+ thousand would make the supreme sacrifice for their country.
That afternoon I was in Washington, D.C. on a 7 day furlough from my base at Savannah Army Air Base. That nite I received a telegram to report back to base.Seven weeks later I sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge to points unknown.Three years, one month and 8 days later I sailed back under that bridge - thanx to a Merciful God and an ever vigilant Guardian Angel.
Today there are only about 2.5 million of them still with us, and dying at the rate of 12 to 15 hundred a day.Won't be long until there will be no more eye witnesses to that conflict still alive.Let us hope that theyounger and future generations never forget: that the freedoms they enjoy to day were bought and paid for by the sacrifices of those 16.2 million, and the millions of men and women on the home front that kept the factories humming and the farms producing.So that they could be armed and fed, and unltimately win that conflict and preserve our way of life.