The original radio broadcast from unidentified USA radio station and it's EMERGENCY BROADCAST announcement from Washington DC.
"Trapped in the belly of the USS Oklahoma. Richard "Swede" Artley didn't see the attack on Pearl Harbor. "I just heard one hell of a bang," recalls Artley. "That was the first torpedo hitting the ship." He figures seven to 10 torpedoes hit the battleship in the early morning hours of December 7, 1941, as Japanese submarines and planes attacked the United States' Pacific Fleet. "The old gal turned over 150 degrees in 15 minutes." Artley spent the next 36 hours in a compartment filling with water. "I prayed a lot, cussed a lot and slept some." He's one of 32 survivors cut out of the massive ship's hull in the days following the Sunday morning attack. By the time rescuers got to him Monday at 6 p.m., the water filled 98 percent of the compartment. Artley figures if they hadn't gotten to him when they did, he would have been dead within another 15 minutes." [read Richard "Swede" Artley's story]
"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack." [see Roosevelt's speech]
"On 6 Dec 2013 I will be attending a Pearl Harbor 72nd Anniversary ceremony in Des Plaines, Ill. I will be driving Chief Petty Officer Joe Triolo USN Ret to the ceremony. Chief Triolo manned a 50 caliber machine gun on board the USS Tangiers that day and was credited with hitting three Japanese aircraft. This was his third ship since he joined the Navy in 1937. His first ship was the USS Oklahoma and his best friend from back home in West Virginia died on the Oklahoma on 7 Dec 1941." [read CPO Triolo's story]
When they heard the first explosion, it sounded like a training exercise gone awry. But Thomas “Gene” Reinhardt, 92, said when the second one came, shortly before 8 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, he and the members of the U.S. Army 24th Signal Company knew it was something much worse. “I heard the first bomb drop. I heard the second bomb drop,” he said. “But I saw the third bomb dropped that started World War II.” Reinhardt, who lives in Belmont, is among a dwindling number of survivors who were on the island of Oahu when the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese. The surprise assailment by fighter planes dropped bombs and torpedoes on U.S. forces over the course of two hours. Thousands of soldiers and sailors were killed, hundreds of U.S. planes destroyed, ships such as the USS Arizona were sunk and the naval fleet was grievously injured. [read Thomas “Gene” Reinhardt's account]
"I am hoping Ernie gets this ......any way the story about this is suppose to be a camera was found in a old serviceman's locker that was shoved in a attic for a lot of years it was found and in it was a brownie camera and these are the pictures from said brownie. the story is most likely bull shit the pictures are amazing...........enjoy sir. Terry" [see the photos]
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