Mighty MoApril 26, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C
Touring the decks. Admiring the big guns.
Touring the decks. Admiring the big guns.
My Mom worked for many, many years as a bookkeeper for a company in Old Montreal. As a very young lad, my Dad would sometimes take me to visit her at her office and we'd all go out for lunch together. I always loved going there because her boss, Mr. Meyers, had a fabulous wooden ship in a display case that I would admire each time we visited. It didn't matter how often I went there, I always spent many minutes firmly planted in front of the display case taking in the beauty of this marvel. During the war, Mr. Meyers had worked in one of Canada's internment camps for Japanese citizens. The story goes that he was so well liked by the Japanese, they carved this ship and presented it to him at the end of the war. It was a replica of the USS Missouri that had a small brass plaque on the rear deck engraved with the words, "JAP SURRENDER". It was aboard the Missouri that the peace treaty ending the second world war was signed.
As a high school student, I would work there during my summer vacations and continued to cherish the moments I could take out to gaze upon the wooden Missouri. In the mid-seventies, the business started having financial difficulties and one day Mr. Meyers called me into his office. He told me that he was going to have to close the doors of the company in the very near future, but before his assets were seized, he asked me if I'd like to take the Missouri home. It was an offer I couldn't refuse and I still own and treasure this memento of my youth.
I grew up in the sixties, which was really only 20 years after the end of WWII. At that time, I watched a slew of movies on the theme of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; From Here to Eternity, Tora, Tora, Tora and Midway to name a few. Coincidentally, I just finished reading Bill O'Reilly's new book, Killing the Rising Sun.
Viewing all these films and reading O'Reilly's account of the event didn't prepare me for what I experienced today.
Today I made my pilgrimage to Pearl Harbor to see where it all happened and, at the same time, catch a glimpse of the Mighty Mo.
Of course I was awestruck by the size and beauty of the real Missouri, but nothing prepared me for the emotion I felt as I toured the Arizona Memorial.
Our visit started with a short film that detailed the events that led up to the attack, the errors committed by the US forces that resulted in such a catastrophic outcome and the ferocity and precision of the Japanese assault. The film contained motion pictures from the actual attack including footage of the Japanese bomb that struck the forward magazine of the Arizona, setting off hundreds of tons of explosives. The blast was so devastating that 1100 sailors on board were killed that day with 900 of them entombed on the ship. Since the bombing, another 277 shipmates have decided to make the Arizona their final resting place as, in accordance with their last wishes, urns containing their ashes are dropped into the wreckage. Today there remain only five survivors from the Arizona's crew, all of them well into their 90's. Two of the survivors who are residents of Oahu regularly work at the memorial signing autographs for tourists.
It was a chilling feeling standing atop the grave of 1100 young men who lost their lives without ever knowing what hit them. Being at this place, seeing the names of all the servicemen that lost their lives that day and feeling the pervasive sadness that envelops the memorial, one cannot help but ponder the futility of war.
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Jeder kennt den Namen und die damit verbundenen Ereignisse doch nur wenige wissen das Pearl Harbor auf Hawaii liegt - direkt an der Grenze zur Hauptstadt von Hawaii, Honolulu.
Auch heute noch ist Pearl Harbor der Stützpunkt der US Pazifik Flotte. Dem entsprechend sind auch die Kontrollen - Taschen werden hier nicht gescannt - Sie sind ganz verboten. Lediglich was in den Händen zu tragen ist darf mitgenommen werden. Hier kommt auch der ganze Patriotismus der USA zum Vorschein - jedoch lässt dieser Ort ein seltsames Gefühl in einem entstehen...
Am 07.12.1941 um 6 Uhr begann hier der Angriff der Japaner auf die US Pazifik Flotte in folge dessen die USA in den 2. Weltkrieg eintraten. Die Besichtigung des USS Arizona Memorial, welches sich direkt über dem, bei dem Angriff zerstörten und gesunkenen Wrack des Schlachtschiffs Arizona befindet, ist sehr bewegend. Menschen diverser Herkunft fangen an zu weinen, jüngere sowie ältere.
Die 1277 Besatzungsmitglieder der Arizona, die bei dem Angriff ihr Leben verloren haben, haben hier ihre letzte Ruhestätte gefunden - diejenigen die überlebt haben können hier, auf Ihrem Schiff, ihre sterbliche Überreste bestatten lassen.
Unweit von der Arizona entfernt, in der "Battleship row" liegt die USS Missouri (Mighty Mo).
Sie ist das letzte große Schlachtschiff das gebaut wurde (1944) und war an 3 Kriegen beteiligt (2.Weltkrieg, Korea Krieg, 2. Golfkrieg). Am 02 September 1945 lag sie in der Bucht von Tokio vor Anker - auf dem Vordeck unterzeichnete Japan formell die Kapitulation und der 2. Weltkrieg war beendet. Die Mighty Mo eröffnete auch den 2. Golfkrieg (Desert Storm) mit dem Abschuss von 28 Tomahawk Marschflugkörpern.
Auch wenn wir den Patriotismus der Amerikaner nicht teilen - so war es doch ein bewegendes Erlebnis mal in Pearl Harbor gewesen zu sein.Read more
After visiting the Arizona, we bought tickets (rather expensive) to see the USS Missouri. The price was really worth it though to see where the Japanese surrendered to Gen. Macarthur and take a tour and explore the ship on our own. We got a pic of the document of surrendur and the captain's quarters. The other pic is a shot from the visitors center looking out over Pearl Harbor.Read more
The Missouri was controversially chosen by Truman to be the ship that staged the surrender of the Japanese (most felt it should be a ship that was stationed in Pearl Harbor during the attack). The Missouri was later used in the Korean War and the Gulf War before being retired to Pearl Harbor. We enjoyed checking out the way those guys lived while at sea and seeing the old computers from the early 90's. I'm depressed that is considered "old" now. Of course, Carole found a spelling error.Read more
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