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81 years ago today...attack on Pearl Harbor. Let's remember those who gave all they had

jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

Was there ever a commemorative coin made for this event? Hope so, and if not someone please make one. Bless those poor boys and girls and their families. Do not wish it to be a holiday but a day of remembrance and thanks.
Jim


When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest....Abraham Lincoln

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.....Mark Twain

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,492 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Never ever forget the past.....

  • Klif50Klif50 Posts: 662 ✭✭✭✭

    It's my birthday, 72 today. I spent 6 birthdays in Japan and they don't mention it at all. I asked a Japanese neighbor if they were sorry for the attack and he looked at me like I was nuts.

    The men and women who gave their lives/had their lives taken that day lay in the heavenly embrace today but they shall not be forgotten.

  • Klif50Klif50 Posts: 662 ✭✭✭✭

    I believe it would be highly fitting for the US Mint to produce a silver dollar to commemorate the date. Maybe we should start a letter writing campaign to Congress to get them to authorize it.

  • @Klif50 said:
    I believe it would be highly fitting for the US Mint to produce a silver dollar to commemorate the date. Maybe we should start a letter writing campaign to Congress to get them to authorize it.

    That probably would have been a good idea for last year since it was the 80th anniversary, but the next year that it would really "make sense" to issue a Pearl Harbor coin is 2041, and that's rather far off...

    Young Numismatist

  • SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,244 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Liberia made a $5 piece in 2000. It was just a junky tv type coin.

  • coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,764 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think this captures the moment

    Experience the World through Numismatics...it's more than you can imagine.

  • oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 1,632 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My dad served in the Pacific, thank God he made it back. A number of his friends didn't. The Best Generation. Bless them all.

  • CaptainBluntCaptainBlunt Posts: 180 ✭✭✭

    My father served in the Merchant Marines during WW 2
    I had a childhood friend whose father received the Medal of Honor for the lives he saved on the Arizona during the attack at Pearl Harbor. I still remember him showing me the medal.
    Yes The Greatest Generation!

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,797 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jesbroken said:
    My dad went the other way and was a B-24 pilot in North Africa and then Italy flying all over Europe. He made it home after being shot down twice and getting the DFC. I feel sure that 12071941 was the reason he joined up the next year, along with 4 friend of which only 1 survived as he did.
    Jim

    My dad was a crew member on a B-24 as well but in the Pacific. Do you remember the name of your dad's ship?

    Dec 7th 1941 was the absolute reason your dad was drafted or enlisted. Most "every" eligible age American male enlisted after we were attacked by Japan. I have paperwork showing my dad's entry date: 12/14/41, 10 days after pearl Harbor.

    https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=a+day+that+will+live+in+infamy+a+state+of+war+#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:89aa758b,vid:lK8gYGg0dkE

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,936 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I knew one of the men who were onboard the B-17s flying into Hawaii during the attack. He was a radio specialist who was just hitching a ride on the aircraft. He past away in the very late 1990s.

    All glory is fleeting.
  • retirednowretirednow Posts: 471 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ElKevvo said:
    Thanks for posting about Pearl Harbor. I was not sure if anyone was going to mention it or not and did not want to seem self-serving by starting the post.

    This is a photo of my uncle, Richard 'Dick' Ahern, KIA 12/0/7/1941 on the Arizona. He was 20 years old.

    This is a copy of the first telegram that was sent. It was sent to the wrong address and the corrected one arrived 3 weeks afterwards on 12/28/1941.

    This is the last letter that my grandmother sent him. It came back unclaimed. :(

    My kid's generation really do not understand how impactful WWII was and rather than passing this stuff onto them I'll donate it to the NPS archives at Pearl Harbor someday. And I agree, the Mint should produce a WWII medal to help with remembering those who served and especially those who never returned.

    K

    Thank you for sharing. I had 2 uncles ( one from each side my family) at Pearl. Both fought for several years in the pacific and made it home. I regret not learning more about their time in the pacific and specifically at Pearl Harbor.

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,797 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 7, 2022 3:44PM

    @ElKevvo said:
    Thanks for posting about Pearl Harbor. I was not sure if anyone was going to mention it or not and did not want to seem self-serving by starting the post.

    This is a photo of my uncle, Richard 'Dick' Ahern, KIA 12/0/7/1941 on the Arizona. He was 20 years old.

    This is a copy of the first telegram that was sent. It was sent to the wrong address and the corrected one arrived 3 weeks afterwards on 12/28/1941.

    This is the last letter that my grandmother sent him. It came back unclaimed. :(

    My kid's generation really do not understand how impactful WWII was and rather than passing this stuff onto them I'll donate it to the NPS archives at Pearl Harbor someday. And I agree, the Mint should produce a WWII medal to help with remembering those who served and especially those who never returned.

    K

    A stunning piece of history @ElKevvo. Thanks you!

    I wish I had taken a picture of this entire wall plaque. I'm sure your uncles name is on it.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Dad had 4 planes as two were shot down and one was damaged too badly. His 1st plane was Ruth Please!(my mom's name)#1 and #2(replacement) then Doc and I've misplaced the 4th. He crashed landed in Zadar(now Croatia) due to engines shot up over Austria and couldn't make it back to Italy. Without engine power he had to crash land not far from a runway near the beach.

    Dad and his co pilot Ike Canetti who was singer Julius LaRosa's manager before and after the war.


    When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest....Abraham Lincoln

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.....Mark Twain
  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would like to thank all who replied to my post and I pray for all our men and women serving our country now and in the past. This was a different era in our history and hopefully one never forgotten and cherished for its bravery and contributions. Our warriors have been involved in so many wars and conflicts and hopefully they all will be forever respected and remembered for them all.
    Jim


    When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest....Abraham Lincoln

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.....Mark Twain
  • goldengolden Posts: 9,050 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I visited the USS Arizona Memorial in 1998. It was a very moving moment.

  • pmh1nicpmh1nic Posts: 3,143 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was at Pearl Harbor back in September. Unfortunately the Arizona Memorial was sold out but I did get to tour the Battleship Missouri. There was a movie presentation that detailed the attack and we drove through the Punchbowl Cemetery, a beautiful but sobering place.

    The longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice is it possible for an empire to rise without His aid? Benjamin Franklin
  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Shame we don't have a really, really like button.
    Ko,


    When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest....Abraham Lincoln

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.....Mark Twain
  • TheRegulatorTheRegulator Posts: 1,216 ✭✭✭

    Never forget.

    The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. -Thomas Jefferson
  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,797 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jesbroken- Great story! And your dad named his ship after your mom!! 👍🏻 👍🏻

    Here's my dad's ship Red Headed Gal.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @OAKSTAR
    Cool B-25. The plane was truly famous for Jimmy Doolittle's raid on Tokyo. One of the great avionic stories of the war.
    Jim


    When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest....Abraham Lincoln

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.....Mark Twain
  • skier07skier07 Posts: 3,682 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 7, 2022 11:59PM

    @ElKevvo

    Thank you for sharing. Your uncles name is the 7th down from the far left. Let’s never forget the greatest generation.



  • 1northcoin1northcoin Posts: 3,804 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Views of Pearl Harbor from the new submarine museum there as photographed at the end of August this year:

    At the museum's entrance:

    And inside:

  • 1northcoin1northcoin Posts: 3,804 ✭✭✭✭✭

    FWIW we commemorated the day by watching the PBS Special tonight regarding a visit to the interior of the Arizona with the ROV reaching the third deck for the first time where the officer's quarters were still well preserved to the extent that a uniform could be seen hanging and an officer's cap and table in the room were clearly identifiable.

    The filming took place six year's ago on the 75th anniversary of the ship's having gone down.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Many people remember - though the ranks of those involved are growing smaller. I do see that due to the current educational curricula, awareness and knowledge of this historical event is diminished or totally lacking in younger people. Cheers, RickO

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Dang you @ricko, you almost got me in trouble. lol
    Jim


    When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest....Abraham Lincoln

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.....Mark Twain
  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jesbroken .... ??? How could that be?? Or are you referring to what you may have posted in response to my post?? OK.. can see that... ;) Cheers, RickO

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ricko That would be the case.
    Jim


    When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest....Abraham Lincoln

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.....Mark Twain

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