Monday, December 7, 2009

Remembering Pearl Harbor and An Angel Entry

December 7th...always a day to remember, a day that changed so many American lives and a day when many people became heroes. Last night as my family decorated the Christmas tree we watched the movie Pearl Harbor. Not your typical holiday movie, yet an important part of our nation's history.

This movie means a great deal to me. My father had been stationed in Hawaii just a year or so before the Japanese bombed. He had served on the USS Maryland. Dad had many found memories of that ship. Little did he know that a year after he was transferred to Key Port, Washington the Maryland would be in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. His ship was docked alongside the USS Okalahoma that went down. The Maryland was struck by two armor-piercing bombs: one in the forecastle awning and the other in the hull. The brave men aboard were able to fight back using all their antiaircraft batteries. Later the Japanese reported that the Maryland had sunk, but on December 30, the battle weary ship sailed into Puget Sound for repairs.

When I watch the movie Pearl Harbor I always think of Dad and how he sorrowed for his Navy buddies who perished that day. My father helped make torpedoes throughout the war.

Here's the movie trailer for Pearl Harbor.

Most definitely many angels were at work during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Brave people stepped up when they were needed.

We have angels among us everyday, helping us when we sometimes don't realize it. Here's another entry to my An Angel in Your Life Contest. The deadline (December 15th) is fast approaching. Send your entry in before it's too late.

My special angel is my husband, and always has been since we first met. We have had many adventures throughout the years, and when we got in over our heads which was a frequent happening, he stood tall and smiled his angelic smile. Through thick and thin, he was always there, even when his halo got a little tarnished.
My angel is still with me even though he left earth--- he goes to the Temple with me, he provides answers to questions that only he could know, and I know he is happy to finally find a place to "fit in". He spent most of his life searching for a love he could not find. He wanted to be loved by his mother and father, and never did either acknowledge him as a son, much less show him love.
I know he has found that love at last - our Savior's and our Heavenly Father's love - that quenches all thirst. They surround him and hug him and he looks down on me and smiles.


  1. I almost thought the sailor in the first picture looked a bit like grandpa. I'm so thankful for those who stood their ground in the Pacific and around the world thru the world wars, a trait many politicians nowadays wouldn't recognize.

  2. The first picture on this posting is your grandfather the year before Pearl Harbor was bombed. I'm very thankful, too, for the men and women who have fought to keep America free.



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