September 28, 2012
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By Attorney Rees Lloyd
December 6, 2013
December 7, 2013, Pearl Harbor Day, marks the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese air attack on U.S. naval and air installations at Pearl Harbor, HI, at 7:53 a.m., Dec. 7, 1941, without a declaration of war. It was then the worst attack on American soil in history: Some 2,403 died, 2008 of them Navy personnel; another 1,178 were wounded. Eighteen Navy ships, including the U.S.S. Arizona, were sunk or damaged. Almost all the planes at the island bases were destroyed or damaged while still on the ground.
President Franklyn D. Roosevelt memorably called December 7, 1941, "a day which will live in infamy" in his dramatic speech to Congress, which then declared war on Japan. Only the sneak attack on America by Muslim jihadist terrorists on 9-11-2001 in New York resulted in more deaths.
But for many Americans of this generation, the significance of Pearl Harbor is not fully known, or appreciated. One for whom it does "live in infamy," is Pearl Harbor survivor S. J. Hemker, now 94, of Banning, California. A retired U.S. Navy veteran, and an American Legionnaire, Hemker remembers Pearl Harbor up close and personal:
"Ordinarily, we would have been at sea, we were at Pearl Harbor because we had to repair an engine that had been sabotaged at the shipyard back in California. I was up on the fantail of our ship, the USS New Orleans, a heavy cruiser, with the Chief Master at Arms. The Quartermaster was there, getting ready to raise the flag," Hemker recalls.
"It was 7:55 a.m. when we saw the Japanese planes. They were flying so low I could see the pilots' faces in the cockpit. They were grinning at us as they went down toward Battle Ship Row. Grinning at me and the Chief. They were so close, you could have thrown something at them and hit them. A potato, maybe. They were that close. Just skimming the top of the water. Torpedo planes. The pilots grinning at us," Hemker reluctantly, but vividly recalls.
"The loudspeakers blared: 'Man your battle stations – the Japs are attacking.' All hell broke loose. It was terrible, horrible, …," he says, pausing in his remembrance.
"I spent the next eight hours down in the magazine loading for our five-inch anti-aircraft guns. We fired everything. If we had been hit, that would have been it for us in the magazine. We would have been blown up. We had a big crane over the top of our ship. I think that's what saved us," he states matter-of-factly as to his own circumstance., then somberly relates:
"The Arizona capsized. Thirteen hundred men went down with her. Half the guys I was with in boot camp died on the Arizona. That's where the Memorial is today. They say that oil still leaks out every day. Those guys…they're still down there," Hemker says quietlyy, his voice trailing off, as if physically turning away from a memory, and reality, which is still too painful to talk about.
Getting Hemker to talk about it at all is no easy task. Like many of his fellow World War II veterans, he still doesn't talk about his war experiences, never expects any thanks or gratitude, and never, ever boasts about it, despite the fact that after Pearl Harbor he served America in battles and combat zones for the duration of WWII, in the Korean War, and in Vietnam.
Hemker is a widower whose wife died 19 years ago. His three sons all served in the Vietnam War. Hempker, still roguishly handsome and possessed of a sly sense of humor, charms the ladies in the Legion Auxiliary with country gallantry. He is universally admired by his comrade veterans in the American Legion. "I'm not able to do what I used to do, but I do what I can," he says.
Reflecting on Pearl Harbor seventy-two years after surviving it, Hemker, who has lost his eyesight but not his vision for America, observes: "We Americans should never forget. If we forget our past and those who died, we won't have a future. A free one, anyway. Look at what happened on 9-11. More people were killed on that day then were killed at Pearl Harbor. It can happen again."
"I don't think people remember Pearl Harbor and what it means, the way they used to do," Hemker concludes. "That's too bad. A lot of us can't forget. An awful lot of really good people died to keep America free. They shouldn't be forgotten."
Go here to view the article on NewsWithViews.com - http://www.newswithviews.com/Lloyd/rees150.htm
Rees Lloyd, a one time ACLU staff attorney, is the co-founder and director of the Defense of Veterans Memorial Project of the American Legion Dept. of California, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.
Hey Reds fans, you wanna go to Redsfest this weekend? Well, be listening Wednesday morning at 8:35 for your chance to win! Brush up on your Cincinnati Reds trivia! Be the 1st correct caller and you'll win!
Prize Pack includes:
1 pair of Redsfest Two Day Passes (good December 6th & 7th, 2013)
1 Mat Latos bobblehead
1 Aroldis Chapman bobblehead
1 Reds Fleece Blanket
1 2013 Reds Team Photo
Redsfest Highlights • Dec. 6-7, 2013
FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank at The Duke Energy Convention Center
• Friday, Dec. 6 from 3 to 10:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Redsfest has grown to more than 300,000 square feet of activities,
including autograph and photo booths with current and former Reds
players, interactive games for fans of all ages, game-used and
authentic memorabilia and much more.
The first 12,000 fans each day will receive a free Reds winter scarf and drawstring backpack. With paid two-day Redsfest admission, fans also will receive a voucher good for one free View Level ticket to any April home game, including Opening Night on April 2. (subject to availability) Tickets are on sale now at reds.com, by phone at (513) 381-REDS, at the Great American Ball Park box office and at select Kroger stores with Ticketmaster retail outlets. Tickets will also be available at Redsfest starting Friday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 7 a.m.
• 2-day tickets are $25 for adults; $12 for kids (12 and younger)
• 1-day tickets are $17 for adults; $7 for kids
• Children three and under are admitted free
Current and Former Players at Redsfest
• More than 70 current and former Reds players, coaches and broadcasters are scheduled to appear including Joey Votto, Aroldis Chapman, Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton and new manager Bryan Price. Many Reds Hall of Famers and alumni are expected including Tom Browning, Eric Davis, Dave Parker and
Ron Oester. The full list of scheduled attendees is available at reds.com/redsfest.
Autograph and Photo Sessions
• Over 100 player autograph sessions and player photograph sessions are free of charge with a Redsfest general admission ticket. There are three types of autograph sessions at Redsfest: General Public, Season Ticket Holders Only and Kids Only. Specific times for player appearances will be announced 30 minutes prior to the autograph and
photo sessions on the info screens on the Redsfest floor and on the Reds official Twitter account @Reds. Fans can also receive these via text alerts by texting REDSFEST to 66128.
I'll be off Thanksgiving week, but wanted to say just how thankful I am for all that God has done for me! He's given me a wonderful wife, four healthy boys, a job, good health, etc. So much to be thankful for!
I'm thankful for my extended family too - my sisters, brother, in-laws, and their families. Of course I'll be seeing my Dad during the week. I'm blessed to have him and thankful for the way he and Mom raised me.
Also, I'm thankful for where they raised me - in a small town known as Glenville, WV!
Went back there recently. Here are some photos...
We stayed at the Glenville Inn, a nice place just before you get to town.
Standing infront of Gilmer Co. High School. I was class of '86.
Me & author/singer/song writer Steve Chapman. Steve spoke/performed at a wild game dinner for men/boys. Steve and wife Annie are from Pt. Pleasant, WV. They now live in Nashville, TN.
Had a GREAT time in Glenville! Got to show my boys around the area where I grew up. Lots of fun!