"REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR" !!! [DECEMBER 7, 1941]

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© Richard Knight

Photo license: © All rights reserved

[Plymouth, England and Kiel, West Germany, May 1962]

December 7, 2011 is the 70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This will likely be the last large gathering of the Pearl Harbor veterans and survivors.

We must make sure that our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren know the story of Pearl Harbor.

Photos: My father, a career naval officer, was on a 4-month cruise in 1962. My mother, weary of the constant separations, decided to fly the family to Northern Europe, where we could follow Dad's ship, the U.S.S. Wasp, as it sailed from port to port. I suppose you could say that we were "camp followers."

That trip yielded quite a few shots. I was still using the old Kodak 35 mm camera (with detached light meter) that my father had given me years before. From the large batch of photos, I selected the six photos you see here because they depict scenes that one might have seen at Pearl Harbor on that fateful day seventy years ago.

Beginning in the upper left and moving counterclockwise, Plymouth looks so serene and peaceful, just as Pearl Harbor would have looked Sunday morning, December 7, 1941.

In the harbor, there is little activity. The cranes are reminiscent of the cranes that are seen in film footage of the actual attack on Pearl.

In the next shot (taken in Kiel), planes are crowded on the deck of the "Wasp," just as they would have been on the carriers at Pearl. (The carriers at Pearl had fortunately sailed away just before the attack. They would play the key role in the Battle of Midway, just five months later, which turned the tide in the Pacific.)

In the next photo, the ships are tied up three abreast, which they were at Pearl Harbor. They were "sitting ducks." In the following photo, a ship is getting underway, just as some of the ships at Pearl were able to get underway, thereby avoiding the worst of the attack.

In the final picture, the "Wasp" has put in at Kiel. What an awesome sight!

Remember Pearl Harbor!!!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

45 responses

  • brenda burk

    brenda burk   gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    Sir Knight-Got it now

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    Thank you to all the veterans!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    This is such a fabulous tribute and reminder of that sad sad day. Millions of lives can be changed in a matter of minutes.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    I totally agree with Regenia! A very moving tribute. Thanks so much for posting all of these great historical shots and reminding us via video clips of "just how it was."

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    What an important part of history you are showing in your collage....Some of the older cameras of bygone years did very well and the lighting is exceptional..

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    Excellent tribute, you did well with your Kodak !

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    Great images.. and an unforgettable date in the annals of history!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    NICE TRIBUTE!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    Thank you for refresing our memory, Dix! So wonderful for you to be able to keep those photos and share it with us!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (6 Dec 2011):

    We will never forget, and never let others forget. And we will always remember those who will remain asleep forever. Thank you for these awesome images, Richard. Amazing photos from history. and I so loved reading your tribute, and learning more about your life, and your family's life.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    Another incredible compilation of heartfelt photos. Your narratives are always so inspiring; I'm sure we will be watching some of the tributes to what is sure to be the last large gathering of America's heros from that incredible sad period of time. Your selection of photos is a perfect depiction of what the scene could have looked like. So well done, my friend!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    wonderful photos and tribute Richard!

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    These shots are truly awesome!!! Thank you, Dick!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (6 Dec 2011):

    fantastic collage, Richard. My hubby was born 2 days after Pearl Harbor...........

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey   said (6 Dec 2011):

    Yes, at the young age of 5, I still have the memory of that day. Of course I had no idea what a terrible day it was, I just complained because my favorite Sunday radio programs were not on, just talk of the war. You have put together a great collection of photos!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    I was about 6 months old when the occured. My sister- who was 19 years older than I, said she remembered the day well. One day she was having a good day at school and the next day there was not a boy left on campus. They had ALL gone to join the service. The following War years were hard, but we all pulled together and won the war.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    Fantastic tribute....................... great story....

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    Great shots here Cuz. Always love the history lesson! I could not forget the day.... it's my mother in law's birthday!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    Too many in this country FORGET that freedom is not free.

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    One should always remember, very nice.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes   gave props (7 Dec 2011):

    I was not born during this time, but I will never forget because my mother is Japanese, and a few years ago when the movie, "Pearl Harbor" came out, my mother watched it, and cried. I asked her was she okay, and she said she didn't know that her people did this. It made me remember that even though I am American I have strong roots from my mother's side. We cried.

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (7 Dec 2011):

    Really sad that a page of Pearl Harbor, written with innocent blood, forcing the U.S. to go to war. We must not forget, you're right to remind us Dich, you always hope to improve but the story almost always repeats itself. The attack on the Twin Towers is even worse because it affects a civil structure and undeserving people. Terrorism is the war that turns into a bloodthirsty beast and no rules. These photos are very beautiful and they tell of years of history, fragments of which we are accustomed to images in b & n. Congratulations really Dich

  • stuart s

    stuart s   gave props (7 Dec 2011):

    Thoughtful, poignant and inspiring.

  • John Linton

    John Linton said (7 Dec 2011):

    Brenda's father, Forrest, is 95...he fought in the Pacific in the 3rd Marine Division seeing action on Guam...He still does not have anything good to say about the Japanese...

    My father, John, passed in 2010...he fought in the Pacific as a P-47 pilot in the 5th Air Force seeing action in New Guinea and The Philippines...He respected the Japanese a great deal after the war...

    I think it was a very different war in the air than it was on the ground.

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (7 Dec 2011):

    Inspired mosaic.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer gave props (7 Dec 2011):

    Your choice of pictures and collage design is an excellent tribute....very emotional

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (7 Dec 2011):

    NICE TRIBUTE!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (7 Dec 2011):

    Our first visit to Pearl Harbor was probably 30 years ago. I'll never forget the impression that visit left with me. We've been back since and the emotions are the same each time. Thank you for this display Donald. We must always remember.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (7 Dec 2011):

    An outstanding collage, narrative, and tribute, Dick! Yes, we should always remember!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (9 Dec 2011):

    An incredible tribute, my friend. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a joyous new year. Hope to see you in 2012:)

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (9 Dec 2011):

    Wonderful narrative and links, Richard. Your photos are quite superb! My father left for the Navy a few days after I was born. He sailed on a tin can (Destroyer) the USS Beale DD471-D, and was one of the first sailors to go ashore at Nagasaki after the bomb was dropped. Always remember Pearl Harbor. These 2,000+ men paid the supreme sacrifice there and in many other battles which followed. God bless them all.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (9 Dec 2011):

    Excellent collage for a reminder of Pearl Harbor!!!

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (10 Dec 2011):

    This is a great tribute! Because of people like you, the history of this great nation will stay in tact, despite the desperate attempt from the far left to erase pur past.

  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (10 Dec 2011):

    Great captures,brings back memories of my Navy days of the times I spent at Pearl on the way to my tours in Vietnam during the 1960's.Back then the Pearl Harbor Memorial wasn't built yet.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz   gave props (11 Dec 2011):

    Richard, I send you a heartfelt Navy Bravo Zulu for the photo, the history, and the superb links. The rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner sent chills down my spine. As always, well done!!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (11 Dec 2011):

    AWESOME!!!!!

  • Gary Benefield

    Gary Benefield gave props (11 Dec 2011):

    great work Richard

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (12 Dec 2011):

    Great tribute!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly gave props (12 Dec 2011):

    Wonderful tribute comp and narrative. I'm surprised at how many former Navy folk are here. I've sailed in/out of Pearl many times over the years, and have even sailed in company with the Wasp, but not at the same time your father was on board. As Thad Z said BZ ! (and I won't mention the Army/Navy game this year)

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (13 Dec 2011):

    Excellent!! Great tribute!!!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (19 Dec 2011):

    A fabulous collage, Dick! It looks like the "before" scenes at Pearl. You were already a great photographer as a child. A touching and thoughtful tribute to those Americans who died and/or fought for this wonderful country.

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (20 Jan 2012):

    Wonderful tribute!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (4 Feb 2012):

    Wonderful narrative Dick, complimented by the collage!

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