I love looking at sites about WWII. It is so important that this information is not lost and the men who fought are remembered. My dad was on the West Virginia at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941 when it was bombed. It was next to the Arizona. He survived by stripping down to his underwear and swimming out through the oil. It caught fire just as he got out of the oil. He was very lucky that day. So very many fine young men gave their lives.
My son gave me Tom Brokaw's book, 'The Greatest Generation' when it came out. His description of that generation of strong quiet men is a perfect description of my dad.
There are several Pearl Harbor websites now and all the ships that were there that day have their own websites. Very interesting reading and history lesson for anyone interested.
Thank you so much for posting the link to this WWII site.
Thanks, Marcelle, It's been really interesting learning about WWII and that generation! We owe them so much for the freedoms we have today! I want to go to Pearl Harbor some day.
It is a sobering trip riding through there on one of the tour boats. Such a strange feeling came over me when passing the Arizona memorial. I don't know if it was because my dad was only a few yards away when his ship was hit but whatever it was it had a tremendous affect on me.
a tremendous affect on me. It is well worth the trip. If you get a chance to watch the documentary called Tora, Tora, Tora it is about the attack. They interviewed the Japanese pilot that dropped the very first torpedo that hit the West Virginia. It also showed the very spot where all the guys from the West Virginia swam to shore. A WVA survivor was there to talk about it.
also showed the very spot where all the guys from the West Virginia swam to shore. A WVA survivor was there to talk about it.
There is a new documentary out narrated by Tom Brokaw that I have only seen part of 2 nights ago. It goes even further into the planning and all that.
into the planning and all that and how they prepared for the attack.
here is the second link Jan runs an international support network for families who have the same genetic syndrome as Ben! they started the network 18 years ago, and now have around 300 families from 22 countries and now are on Facebook!
Thank you for the info, I hope the internet and her families story survives. I hope young people find their way to her sites.
Thanks! It's really rewarding to find these families. They are just beginning their journeys and it helps them a whole lot to know they are not alone.