I know it has been some time since I last posted. Life has been a little busy, and I hope to soon be able to devote a little more time to the blog. Until then, I want to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
On December 7th, 1941, at approximately 7:48 AM local time, the first bombs began falling on Pearl Harbor. Japan had been at war with China for more than four years, and, under the weight of increased sanctions from the US, Japanese strategists decided to invade Southeast Asia to seize the war materials needed to win their war with China. To ensure that the Army would have a free hand as they invaded and secured the American protectorate in the Philippines, the Japanese Navy would attack the US Pacific fleet at its moorings. On that fateful day, some 2,400 American sailors, soldiers and marines lost their lives as their nation was propelled into war.
The Ohio State capital possess one of the best war memorials I have ever seen. Men, both those who lost their lives and those who survived the wars of the last one hundred years, are memorialized in their letters written in stone that capture their thoughts and emotions in the time and place in which they were written. This tidbit from a GI shows the horrendous effects that war has had on those that survive it.