Pearl Harbor. One of those names that immediately evokes a whole pallet of images and feelings. None of them very pretty, in spite of the pretty name. These photos arrived in an email a few weeks ago. I thought today was the right day to share them...
Lake Placid, NY, Dec 07, 2011 — Seventy years ago today, a group of young skiers climbed Whiteface Mountain to build the first racing shelter at the top of what is now known as Wilderness Trail. Later that day, they came down the mountain to find out that Pearl Harbor had been bombed by the Japanese. Many went on to join the military in the early years of World War Two.
Whiteface will honor the men on Sunday with a special ceremony that will include lectures and historical displays. While most of those pioneers of alpine skiing on Whiteface and that fateful day are gone, their stories and memories live on through their children and friends. Todd Moe has more. Go to full article
Wheeler Army Air Field at Pearl Harbor during attack. National Archives
Dec 07, 2006 — Sixty-five years ago today, Japan executed a brilliant surprise attack on military bases across the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The Pacific Fleet was left crippled in Pearl Harbor--and an unprepared nation was thrust headlong into World War Two. 16-year-old Charles St. John was hiking in the mountains near Pearl Harbor when things started exploding that morning. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin spoke with her uncle from his home in New Jersey.
Note: Young Charles St. John joined the army out of high school. He saw action in Pacific campaigns in the 27th Division of the New York State National Guard. He was sent to join Company G, after it suffered casualties of 90% during the Battle of Okinawa. St. John ended up on General MacArthur's Honor Guard during the occupation of Japan. Like thousands of other returning servicemen, he continued his education on the GI Bill. Married for 56 years, the retired mechanical engineer is a proud father and grandfather. His old uniform still fits. Go to full article