A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

69 years ago today America was attacked by Japan and our country was forever changed.  It was the awakening of the Greatest Generation for whom we all owe a debt of gratitude.  Without them, who knows what our lives would be like. 

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5 thoughts on “A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

  1. When uncommon valor was common.

    Congressional Medal of Honor
    CASSIN YOUNG
    Rank and organization: Commander, U.S. Navy.
    Place and date: Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.
    Born: 6 March 1894, Washington, D.C.
    Appointed from: Wisconsin.
    Other Navy award: Navy Cross.
    Comdr. Young proceeded to the bridge and later took personal command of the 3-inch antiaircraft gun. When blown overboard by the blast of the forward magazine explosion of the U.S.S. Arizona, to which the U.S.S. Vestal was moored, he swam back to his ship. The entire forward part of the U.S.S. Arizona was a blazing inferno with oil afire on the water between the 2 ships; as a result of several bomb hits, the U.S.S. Vestal was afire in several places, was settling and taking on a list. Despite severe enemy bombing and strafing at the time, and his shocking experience of having been blown overboard, Comdr. Young, with extreme coolness and calmness, moved his ship to an anchorage distant from the U.S.S. Arizona, and subsequently beached the U.S.S. Vestal upon determining that such action was required to save his ship.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Cassin_Young_(DD-793)

    He was latter killed in action at Guadalcanal. He earned the Navy Cross too. The destroyer that bears his name is at dock with the USS Constitution.

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