Pearl Harbor December 7 1941

“And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner,”
Exodus 17:15


DECEMBER 7, 1941
“. . .a date which will live in infamy. . .”


Text of FDR’s closing statements from this address appear below.
Video at:



In the aftermath of the sneak attack on December 7, President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his radio address to the nation, reported 2086 United States Navy and Marine Officers and Men were killed and 749 wounded, and 194 Army Officers and Men killed and 360 wounded, at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese Navy attacked without warning – without a state of war existing between our nations – on December 7, 1941.

Following are a few photos and details on some of the ships that suffered major damage, and in the case of USS Arizona, the greatest loss of life. Utah was the first ship hit and sunk.  Note the half-raised American Flag; the attack came at the raising of the Colors that Sunday morning.  A total loss, along with USS Arizona, she still lies in Pearl Harbor with 58 of her crew still “on-duty.”  For the text of the Oral History record of Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class Lee Soucy, of the Utah:, left to right: USS Nevada, USS Arizona with USS Vestal outboard, USS Tennessee with USS West Virginia outboard, USS Maryland with USS Oklahoma outboard, USS Neosho and USS California.

[USS Nevada was among the ships sunk, but she was raised and repaired.  She returned to service in October, 1942.  My father, Seaman Second Class William Brooks Courtney, Jr., enlisted in February, 1942, at barely 18-years-old, and served on her through 7 major battles, from 1942, to February, 1945.]


Arizona Flag
Arizona State Flag
[Image: ]
USS Arizona‘s forward magazine explodes after a bomb pierced  the deck, instantly igniting aviation fuel and black powder.  This was the worst destruction from the attack.  1177 men died, many of them instantaneously from the enormous explosion.  The fire burned two-and-a-half-days!  The ship was a total loss and remains buried in the Harbor, along with many of the dead who could never be recovered; they are officially buried at sea.  [For more, see below.]


USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial, built over the sunken hull of the battleship that remains the tomb of many of the 1177 members of her crew who died that day.  Those who survived have the right to choose interment inside the ship; rejoining their shipmates at the end of their lives.

“Crewmembers who were assigned to the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941, have the right to have their cremated remains interred inside the barbette of gun turret four by National Park Service divers. If you were a crewmember before that infamous day, you have the right to have your ashes scattered over the ship. In both cases, the common thread is that these men were at one time in their navy careers assigned to the USS Arizona. This policy is strictly enforced by the USS Arizona Reunion and Survivor Association. (In addition, any Pearl Harbor survivor can have their ashes scattered over the place in the harbor where their ship was located during the attack). On April 12, 1982, the ashes of retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Stanley M. Teslow were interred, becoming the first USS Arizona survivor to return to his ship. By mid 2006, 28 surviving crewmembers have rejoined their shipmates in simple and private ceremonies, complete with a two-bell ceremony from the Fleet Reserve Association; a rifle salute from the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps; and a benediction with the echo of Taps being played across the harbor. The services are conducted inside the memorial and consist of an invocation, funeral ceremony, and a flag presentation to the family. Following the ceremony, the urn is carried from the memorial to the dock area and presented to divers, who swim the urn into the open barbette of gun turret number four and proceed to a large open “slot” that measures approximately 6″ x 5′. The urn is placed into this slot and slides into the ship.”

For more details on the Arizona, and photos from the attack, see the National Park Service website:

The USSARIZONA.ORG website is an excellent site for information on the Arizona and her crew.

~ ~ ~ West Virginia took two bombs and two torpedos, and was sunk, but returned to service in July, 1944.
Photo: USS Shaw took three bombs, she returned to service in June, 1942.


I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant…
Japan’s Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

Indeed you had, Admiral!!!

And, the American Flag still waves
over Hickam Field in the aftermath!!!


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Who will go. Send me.With Gratitude for all who fought to defend our Fleet
at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, December 7, 1941.

I don’t know the history of this monument, nor who took the photo.

But, for me,
it symbolizes
who courageously step-up
to serve
Our Nation under God,
and say,

Send me.

[The monument insignia says, “Special Forces Airborne.”  The inscription is from Isaiah 6:8]

Eagle.Flag 9.10.13Source not known.  I received it in an Email message.

RE: Photos with this source link:  You can also find more photos with details of each image, overview of the attack and links to other pages on this webpage.  This is a very large website; for a longer overview and links, including oral histories, also see the site’s page at:

For an excellent blogsite on Naval Warfare and Naval History, with detailed biographies of our warships:

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“…No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.”

Closing statements of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his “Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation,” December 8, 1941, to the Joint Session of Congress.


John F Kennedy Nov 22 1963

“And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner,”
Exodus 17:15

photo from:


President John Fitzgerald Kennedy

November 22, 1963

[A video of President Kennedy’s funeral appears later on this page.  The following excerpt is from the Arlington National Cemetery official website, linked below.]

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy Gravesite

John F. Kennedy grave and eternal flame

The Eternal Flame over the grave of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

John F. Kennedy made his first formal visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1961, to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. At the conclusion of the ceremony President Kennedy spoke to more than 5,000 people gathered in the Memorial Amphitheater.

President Kennedy’s address began; “We meet in quiet commemoration of a historic day of peace. In an age that threatens the survival of freedom, we join together to honor those who made our freedom possible. … It is a tragic fact, that war still more destructive and still sanguinary followed [World War II]; that man’s capacity to devise new ways of killing his fellow men have far outstripped his capacity to live in peace with his fellow man.”

Eleven days prior to Kennedy’s assassination he returned to Arlington for the 1963 Armistice Day services. This time he did not address the crowd in the amphitheater.

On Nov. 22, 1963, while on a campaign trip to Dallas, President Kennedy was shot and killed.

There are only two U.S. presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The other is William Howard Taft, who died in 1930.

Though Kennedy is buried at Arlington, at the time of his death, many believed that he would be buried in Brookline, Mass. Woodrow Wilson was the only other president besides Taft who had been buried outside of his native state and in the National Capital Region. President Wilson is buried at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. . . . .

Read more at:
and, for an impressive tribute to President Kennedy, go to:

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I do remember where I was when I heard President Kennedy had been shot.  I was in my high school Earth Science class.  I also remember seeing through the classroom window, Eagle Scout, Winslow Golly, Jr., who upon hearing the news, immediately left his classroom and went to the flagpole to lower our American Flag to half-staff.

Today’s broadcast media fare is replete with the history surrounding President Kennedy’s tenure in office at the helm of the United States of America, a servant of We the People, as it should be on the 50th Anniversary of that Dark and Evil Day in Dallas.


The assassination of John F. Kennedy, 35th president of our nation, moved me deeply.  It seemed surreal, like it couldn’t be true, but it was. . . .  My political alignment was meaningless in the reality that the president of my nation under God, had been brutally slain!  I mourned with my classmates, family, and friends, and with my fellow-Americans.

Our Girl Scout Troop, led by my mother, Sylvia Courtney, had plans for a weekend trip to Camp Maripai Girl Scout Camp; we were to leave our schools early ahead of the Friday traffic.  My mother wondered if she should cancel the trip because of the earth-shattering news, conflicting details of which were reported on radio and TV.  Consulting with parents, they all concluded that President Kennedy would not have wanted schoolgirls to cancel their trip.

We went, and we were completely cut-off from the rest of the world and the news until Sunday evening.  It was strange knowing what had happened, how important it was, and be miles from home and communications without knowing what was happening as our nation mourned with us.  We held a solemn service for the president with the first raising of the flag, and remembered him at each raising and retiring of it during our stay.

Our private news blackout was not mirrored in the rest of the country:

On November 22, 1963, at 12:40 p.m. CST — just 10 minutes after President Kennedy was shot — CBS broadcast the first nationwide TV news bulletin on the shooting. After that, all three television networks — CBS, NBC, and ABC — interrupted their regular programming to cover the assassination for four straight days. The JFK assassination was the longest uninterrupted news event on television until the coverage of the September 11 attacks in 2001.


During the trip back home, we heard of Jack Ruby’s murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of the president, who was actually being held only for the murder of 39-year-old Officer J. D. Tippit; committed after Kennedy’s assassination, allegedly by Oswald as he left the Schoolbook Depository.  There were so many details being reported, it was hard to catch-up, and then to keep-up, with the news.  It still didn’t seem quite real.

I remember the funeral.  As I watched the following video today, the emotions rose once again.  I still will never forget tiny John-John’s Farewell Salute offered on his third birthday, as his father’s body was carried away before him and his sister, 6-year-old Caroline.

John F. Kennedy Jr. Saluting His Father at FuneralPhoto:
For this video and others offered at the end:
[For a shorter, much-clearer video that I could not embed here, covering Jackie Kennedy, Caroline, John-John, and additional aspects of the funeral, go to: ]


The eternal flame shines in the early morning light at the grave of John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Photo:

I found the Eternal Flame established at his gravesite, a fitting and thoughtful memorial to the president slain in my young lifetime.

The Flame reminds me that the American Spirit of Liberty has never been, nor will it ever be, quenched by mere earthly actions of Man!

Man cannot extinguish from the American Heart
– no matter where you find it on Earth –

God’s Gift:

Liberty’s Flame;
it is


It burns in the
heart of

it burns in the
heart of
on Earth
who yearns to be
as only God can free him,

as only LIMITED government,
in a
Free Nation under God,
can guarantee him,
on Earth.

[For an article and video on John Connally, Jr.’s experience on the day his father and JFK were shot: ]

I remember the mood of the entire nation during the week following this terrible crime against not only President John F. Kennedy and Governor John Connally and their families, but also against We the People of the United States of America.


A darkness slammed down upon our nation when those shots were fired – no matter who pulled the trigger, or triggers.  Our daily lives were suddenly linked across the country with every other American,

as we mourned the violent murder of
John Fitzgerald Kennedy –
Death of OUR President:


The somber mood was universal; it hung in the air like thick fog.  Risen from the shared grief, anger, and bewilderment of the American People, it gave our universe a feeling of being outside the normal perception of living Life.  Like a phase shift had displaced the whole, known world and set it out-of-sync.


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I know there have been other events in my lifetime that have heightened our unity as Americans regardless of politics, theology, and philosophy.  But, I’m only going to remind us of one other today: September 11, 2001, and, from my parents’, grandparents’, aunts and uncles’ lifetime, December 7, 1941.  The somber unity in the darkness of those days and their aftermath, also truly brought US together live through the horror,

One Nation under God.

The JFK assassination was the longest uninterrupted news event on television until the coverage of the September 11 attacks in 2001.


To borrow from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, I believe November, 22, 1963, and September 11, 2001, will each be “a date that will live in infamy,” along with December 7, 1941.

On each Infamous Day, America was invaded by that

Awful Darkness
can bring.


With 50 years now between that Black Friday in Dallas, and the Post-Constitutional America in which we now live, we can see with the clearness of hindsight, that, as were December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001;

November 22, 1963
was a
in American History

The Collectivist/Progressives pressed their agenda forward” immediately, by the new president, Lyndon B. Johnson and his ilk in the United States Congress.  It gained a seminal boost from communist/marxists Saul Alinsky, and Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, who gave their fellow-radicals diabolical and effective instructions on how to “fundamentally transform America,” and,

Liberty under GOD!

A transformation their ideological progeny – culminating with Barack Hussein Obama and his fellow-travellers – have implemented ever since.  As they relentlessly pursue their tyrannical, collectivist utopia.

Mr. Obama, indeed, openly promised to fundamentally transform America, in 2008, and is feverishly working to reach the Finish Line, as he and his fellow-Collectivists transform America into their vision of Collectivist Tyranny.  [See “WHO IS ObamaParts 1, 2, 3, and 4.  And, “Left Center Right.”]

The ensuing 50 years have brought us to a time of great peril to our UNIQUE and Great REPUBLIC, and the American Liberty our Founding Fathers established her to protect, with the Blessings and Providence of Almighty God.

May we see the 50th Anniversary of that terrible day in Dallas, 1963, as a DIRE WARNING; and awaken to revive our Liberty and restore our Constitution, as the Gift of God to a Free and God-fearing People.

“…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray  and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14




Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
United States Constitution. Article II. Section 1. Clause 8.

May we soon be Blessed by Almighty God to see and hear righteous Americans once again take this oath or affirmation, in the true and best interest of this,

Greatest Nation
upon the
Face of God’s Created Earth.

May we be used in God’s Plan and help to spread the word of how, with His Blessings and Providence,




In Memoriam 9 11

“And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner,”
Exodus 17:15



September 11, 2001

2977 Victims were murdered in New York City, New York,
Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.,
by 19 Islamic Jihadist Terrorists.






                                         God, be with us.
                                         Guide our thoughts,
                                         Direct our prayer.
                                         If we fear, may it be of thee.
                                         Remind us of thy commands,
                                           thy precepts in our pain.

                                         Give our leader wisdom
                                         To rein his conscience
                                           like an anxious steed.
                                         Open his heart to thee.
                                         Lead him in paths of
                                           righteousness following thee.

                                         God, our Father, be with us
                                           throughout this pain.
                                         Understand our anger.
                                         But open our hearts.
                                         Allow thy tempering love
                                           to urge us to restraint.
                                         Remind us of thy mercy.
                                         Soothe our desire for vengeance.

                                         Counsel us to wait on thee.
                                         Give us faith in thy salvation.
                                         Stay our hand against innocence.
                                         If they be truly innocent,
                                         Spare them thy wrath.
                                         If they be guilty,
                                         Mete thine own justice
                                           upon their heads.

                                         Use us only as thy tools.
                                         Lead us from the temptation
                                         To strike all in the name
                                           of eradicating evil.
                                         Let not more of our own perish –
                                         In the name of vengeance.

                                         Above all else,
                                         Let thy will be done.

                                         In the name of Jesus Christ,
©2001 Itasca Small

The Holy Spirit prompted me to go to the National Day of Prayer at the U.S. Capital on December 4, 2001, and to pray at the Capitol Building, the Pentagon and Ground Zero.  So, trusting the Lord, I drove to Washington, D.C.  I attended the Prayer Vigil on the East Steps of the Capitol Building, went to the fence perimeter outside the Pentagon, and then, to Ground Zero twice.  And, I prayed at all three sites.

I wrote this prayer inspired by the Holy Spirit, on about September 27, 2001. At my sister’s suggestion, on my trip, I had copies made, bought equipment, and made laminated prayer bookmarks in my motel rooms at night to offer to Fellow-Americans on the trip, which covered 6,620 miles, 21 States and the District.  I went to Washington and New York City more than once, visited many historical places, and visited family.

Everywhere I went from D.C., on, with God giving me courage, I shared the prayer with everyone I met; each person first glanced at, or read it, then each one took it and thanked me.  On the East Steps of the Capitol, a man dressed as George Washington at Valley Forge, read from a copy of Washington’s prayerbook, in the pose from the famous painting.  Then, he led the small group gathered there in the Lord’s Prayer.  I offered him the prayer bookmark and he read it aloud to us.  (The main event was at the West Steps, which I only learned afterwards – I wondered where everyone was!  I doubt it would have been read had I been at the West Steps.)

At Ground Zero, I placed prayer bookmarks on a pole, and on a fence at the perimeter of the site, along with other people’s mementos.  I will never forget the images and pungent odors of Ground Zero, the solemn feeling of shared grief and the simple exchanges with other people there, and standing by the gate as the dump trucks went in and out non-stop, carrying debris from the site.  I carried my camera to the site the first time, but, when I got there, it didn’t seem right to take pictures.

The prayer was printed in my local newspaper, and I sent it to President Bush.  I praise the Lord for calling and leading me in His Service, and giving me the words and the strength to do what I could never have done alone.

Memorial Freedom Tower Rising from Ground Zero Against a Supermoon in 2012“FREEDOM TOWER”
(Supermoon over Manhattan [Pin It] Credit: Gary Hershorn/Reuters


For an excellent documentary website, with videos, including the scientific analysis of why the towers fell, go to:

Memorial Master Planner Daniel Libeskind is immigrated from a communist country.  His explanation of the Liberty-based theme and the design of the two angled faces of the Tower is inspiring.  “Daniel Libeskind’s Vision for Ground Zero” begins a series of videos on a linked page at:

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September 11, 2012

Four brave Americans were murdered on American Soil in Benghazi, Libya,  in a sustained attack by Islamic Jihadist Terrorists.  They were abandoned by Mr. Obama and his Administration, to die.  Mr. Obama later referred to these four brave Americans as, “bumps in the road“. . . .

The Battling Boys of Benghazi

We’re the Battling Boys of Benghazi,
no fame, no glory, no paparazzi.
Just a fiery death in a blazing hell
defending the country we loved so well.
It wasn’t our job, but we answered the call,
fought to the consulate and scaled the wall.
We pulled twenty countrymen from the jaws of fate,
led them to safety and stood at the gate.
Just the two of us, and foes by the score,
but we stood fast to bar the door.
Three calls for reinforcement, but all were denied,
so we fought and we fought and we fought till we died.
We gave our all for our Uncle Sam
but Barack Obama didn’t give a damn
just two dead SEALs who carried the load
no thanks to us – we were just “bumps in the road.”
(by an Anonymous U.S. Marine Corps Officer)

Ambassador Christopher Stevens

Ex-Navy SEAL Glen A. Doherty

Ex-Navy SEAL Tyrone S. Woods

Diplomat Sean Smith

Rendering of the Benghazi Victims Memorial Statue, by Artist Greg MarraRendering of the future Benghazi Memorial
by Artist Greg Marra

Benghazi Victims' CeremonyCeremony for
Ambassador Christopher Stevens,
Navy SEAL Glen A. Doherty,
Navy SEAL Tyrone S. Woods, and Diplomat Sean Smith

For an excellent, full account of the Transfer of Remains Ceremony, with another 21  photographs and a video, see the Daily Mail UK article here:

America Will Never Forget