Seventy-one years ago today, 353 Japanese airplanes, 45 of them Mitsubishi Zeros with kamikaze pilots, attacked the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. It was 7:53 Sunday morning and while children were at Sunday school, the evil enemy forces commenced their attack upon Hawaii and killed 2,403 Americans and wounded 1,282 others. The heinous sneak attack took out a large portion of our Pacific Fleet. Often overshadowed by Pearl Harbor is the Japanese attacks on The Philippines, Hong Kong, Guam, Malaysia, and Wake and Midway Islands that same day in an attempt to control the Pacific. American forces regrouped and in six months time engaged the evil enemy in the Coral Sea where we stopped their expansion into the South Pacific. One month later we engaged the enemy and won a decisive victory at Midway where the enemy retreat home from the Central Pacific began.

Meanwhile in the Southwest Pacific, 15,000 of our boys (and 60,000 Filipinos) were being tortured and starved in the Philippines after the Japanese invasion on December 22, 1941 and subsequent American surrender on April 9, 1942. After months of isolation, our forces simply ran out of ammunition and thus, the infamous, atrocious and inhumane 65 mile Bataan Death March began. Those who survived (25%) the savage march and brutal treatment of the POW Camp O'Donnell were herded onto Hell Ships back to Japan where as many as a thousand men were thrown into a hold. Death and disease was rampant among the men who lied in each others urine and defecation while on the brink of starvation with little or nothing to eat. Dead soldiers were not reported to the Japanese captors and left to rot along side our men so that their minuscule food rations would not be reduced. The Japanese treatment of our soldiers in the Philippines was equivalent or worse than any concentration camp in Europe, as death was often the only escape which was not an option for those brave soldiers who survived the evil ordeal.

Four months after the fall of the Philippines in August of 1942, we engaged the enemy in The Battle of Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands) in the first major offensive of the war. An American victory here would cut off a significant slope supply route and by February of 1943, after heroic invasions by U.S. troops and a historic Naval battle, 25,000 Japanese were killed and the enemy retreated with their tails between their legs to one of their last Pacific strongholds, New Guinea.

Our forces had now contained the Japanese and with the help of Australian forces, we isolated them on New Guinea and took several surrounding islands. By the summer of 1944, after numerous decisive victories, we were in a position to retake The Philippines. We landed at Leyte in October with the largest naval battle in history and within six months, we had liberated The Philippines from the evil imperial Japanese invaders. MacArthur had returned. With The Philippines well on the way to being secured, we focused our attention to the enemy homeland. Obstacles on the path to the evil empire were Iwo Jima and Okinawa. In February 1945, 74,000 Marines invaded and conquered Iwo Jima following a month of the bloodiest battle in The Pacific to that point in the War. 20,000 Japanese soldiers were killed, but it took 7,000 American lives and 19,000 wounded to accomplish the iconic raising of the flag. Volcanic sand on the island provided superb cement which the Japanese used to fortify bunkers and build over 15 miles of tunnels. After nine months of aerial bombings and some of the fiercest fighting of the war, in March of '45, we expelled the enemy from that tiny island in The Pacific and moved on to Okinawa.

The loss of life during the Battle of Okinawa make it far and away the bloodiest battle in The Pacific. It lasted over 80 days and cost 12,500 American lives and over 36,000 wounded. The Japanese lost over 100,000 troops and an estimated 75,000 civilians. More people died in Okinawa than in Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. The loss of American life in Okinawa was a determining factor in Truman deciding to drop a couple A-bombs. A potential invasion of japan was estimated to cost a half-million American lives and millions of Japanese lives, so the decision to drop the bomb was a benevolent one that saved millions of civilian lives. Thus, the icing on the cake for America after being attacked at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 by a savage foe, was the glorious flight of The Enola Gay, piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets, and the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by dropping the first and well deserved atomic bombs in history.

"Having found the bomb we have used it. We have used it against those who attacked us without warning at Pearl Harbor, against those who have starved and beaten and executed American prisoners of war, against those who have abandoned all pretense of obeying international laws of warfare. We have used it in order to shorten the agony of war, in order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans."  President Harry S. Truman

To date, we are the only nation to ever have used a nuclear bomb and don't you anti-American terrorist countries ever forget it....If you have questions, then send them to Tokyo and ask them how PEARL HARBOR worked out for them.

Remember Bataan, Boycott Japan!!!


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