DECEMBER 7, A DAY THAT REMAINED IN INFAMY, “FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT” .

 

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I can still remember that Sunday night ON DECEMBER 7,1941    , when the music on our small radio was interrupted for a special announcement.  The president of the United States Franklin D Roosevelt  announced the bombing of the US naval fleet in Pearl Harbor. My brothers and sisters  huddled around my mother while we listened to him speak. his famous words “This  day that will live in infamy” The US. declared war the next day on December 8, r1941. That was 76 years ago.I was nine years old at time and remember as if it were yesterday.

The steel mills began making steel for war equipment. Automobile companies stopped making cars and   converted to making tanks  and air planes in 1942 until after the war ended. .  Women went to work and replaced the men who were drafted into the armed forces. Mom worked  on the railroad along with other women. Young men left high school and signed up to enlist due to the shortage of manpower that was reduced after World War one.

Italy joined with Germany and also declared war with the U.S.  England was already at war with Germany  and England  was using American pilots and lend lease aircraft until the U.S. officially joined in the war..

Movie stars traveled throughout the country promoting war bonds to help defray the cost of the war. Children also  sold victory postage stamps and savings bonds, they received a star on their report cards as a thanks. Windows were covered with dark curtains to avoid houselights from being seen at night. Air raid Wardens walked the streets at night to make sure no lights were visible . Street lights went out just before dust . 

 Rosie the riveter was a nick name given to women working in plants producing war equipment. They had picture posters of women wearing coveralls on billboards across the country.The Junk-man rode up and down the street in a horse drawn  wagon picking up metal to provide steel for the mills.  I remember melting zink caps used  on canning jars and received a penny a pound. 

Their were no TVs  at the time  and movie theaters showed newsreels with war corespondents on the battle fronts . After  Germany was defeated in 1945,  Japan continued fighting.  The Atomic bomb was dropped  on Hiroshima in August of that year.

American Intel had broken the Japanese code and learned that Japan had exploded their only  Atom bomb off the  Southern coast of occupied  Korea. Japan planned on making more bombs to use on our Naval Fleet in the event of an invasion.

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This is Nagasaki twenty minutes after the Atom bomb exploded.

  President Truman hearing of this plan made the decision to drop an Atom bomb  on Nagasaki a couple weeks later. This caused the Japanese Emperor to finally surrender. 

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The Potsdam agreement and surrender  took  place  aboard the USS Missouri  in 1945. Hirohito and his generals along with General MacArthur and representatives from England, Australia and  other nations  stood by. I was  thirteen years old at time and remember the events to this day. 

I joined the Air Force in January of 1950 not knowing the the Koren war  would start six months later in June. I arrived at Brady Field in Kyushu,Japan in December of 1952. and worked in the radio shop. A few months later this C-46 cargo plane crash landed in Pusan Air Base in Korea.  

Once the sheet metal and engines were replaced; I took a crew of radio repairmen  and flew to the base to install the equipment.The Korean war ended while we were there in August 1953. Two weeks later I boarded a ship ,and ten days later arrived in the U.S. I was discharged in October of that year after serving 45 months of service. I was twenty years old at the time and have many memories and stories to tell.

 

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The runways had corrugated sheet metal in place of cement and was a nightmare for pilots when landing in rainy weather.

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Marilyn Monroe during a USO tour At  Brady Field air base in 1951 where I was stationed during the Korean war.

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  • My  buddies and I with our Sail Boat anchored near the radio shop at Brady Field. The village of Gonnasu  is across Hakata Bay. This village was just a few miles from Nagasaki   where the Atomic bomb was dropped ( 6 ) years earlier.

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