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Remembering Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941

Started by bobgee , Dec 07 2007 01:19 PM

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#1 bobgee

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 01:19 PM

Time passes and the fanfare fades with the passing of the people who lived these historical events. On this day remember one Marine who distinguished himself that day while serving aboard the battleship U.S.S. Oklahoma while thinking of the thousands who would later serve and die for their country. Here is the citation for the Navy Cross he was awarded:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in present-
ing the NAVY CROSS to

SERGEANT THOMAS E. HAILEY, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:
“For prompt and efficient action, extraordinary
courage and disregard of his own safety during the
attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of
Hawaii, by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. Upon
the U.S.S. OKLAHOMA capsizing within ten minutes after
the beginning of the attack, Sergeant Hailey swam to
the U.S.S. MARYLAND, alongside of which the U.S.S.
OKLAHOMA was moored, and from there assisted materially
for a short time in the rescue of the U.S.S. OKLAHOMA
crew. He then, on his own initiative, assisted in
manning an anti-aircraft gun of the U.S.S. MARYLAND in
a most efficient manner, despite the severe enemy bomb-
ing and strafing and the fact that he had previously
had no experience in the use of that particular type
gun. Later, upon arrival at the Naval Air Station,
Pearl Harbor, Sergeant Hailey clothed only in his under-
wear and armed with a rifle, volunteered and went up in
an airplane that was leaving on a search mission where
he remained for about five hours, returning to the Air
Station at about 4:30 that afternoon.”
For the President,
S/ Frank Knox
Secretary of the Navy

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Edited by bobgee, 06 December 2016 - 08:39 PM.


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Posted 07 December 2007 - 01:54 PM

No words are needed http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 02:28 PM

Claude Larkin:

The strafers who singled out cars moving along the roads that led to Ewa proved no respecter of persons. MAG-21's commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Claude A. "Sheriff" Larkin, en route from Honolulu, was about a mile from Ewa in his 1930 Plymouth when a Zero shot at him. He momentarily abandoned the car for the relative sanctuary of a nearby ditch, not even bothering to turn off the engine, and then, as the strafer roared out of sight, sprinted back to the vehicle, jumped back in, and sped on. He reached his destination at 0805 -- just in time to be machine gunned again by one of Admiral Nagumo's fighters. Soon thereafter, Larkin's good fortune at remaining unwounded amidst the attack ran out, as he suffered several penetrating wounds, the most painful of which included one on the top of the middle finger of his left hand and another on the front of his lower left leg just above the top of his shoe. Refusing immediate medical attention, though, Larkin continued to direct the defense of Ewa Field.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 07:38 PM

WOW! :blink:

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 05:20 PM

All - Tomorrow is the 67th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Kurt S. has posted some fine groupings which has prompted me to resurrect mine which I showed last year.
REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR! That was the War Cry I learned as a kid. Let's not forget it....ever.
Semper Fi.....Bobgee http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/salute.gif

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 05:37 PM

Great, thanks for showing http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 07:46 PM

I have no relic to show, but I have some great memories of a friend of our family. When you are remembering the veterans of Pearl Harbor, please remember Roy Bonham. Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Bonham was aboard the Oklahoma when the attack occured. With limited ammunition he manned an anti-aircraft gun.

Roy not only survived the attack at Pearl, but he was also aboard the USS Helena when it was sunk. He had more than a lifetime's worth of experiences in just a few short years. He passed away in March of 1995.

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 10:54 PM

While I have no medal groupings or other artifacts, here are links to two interviews I conducted with Pearl Harbor veterans that have been posted previously on this forum:

http://www.usmilitar...showtopic=12984

http://www.usmilitar...showtopic=13062

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 10:59 PM

While I have no medal groupings or other artifacts, here are links to two interviews I conducted with Pearl Harbor veterans that have been posted previously on this forum:

http://www.usmilitar...showtopic=12984

http://www.usmilitar...showtopic=13062


Dave,

you are doing a much more valuable service which is " collecting stories " . These men wont be around much longer .

Kurt

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 04:55 AM

Bob

Wow. What a group and story of a marine at Pearl during Dec 7 ,1941. We should never forget.




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Posted 10 December 2008 - 07:16 AM

Dave,

you are doing a much more valuable service which is " collecting stories " . These men wont be around much longer .

Kurt


Thank you Kurt. Say hello to you father-in-law for me the next time you speak with him.

Cheers!

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 05:51 AM

BTT - I first posted this thread in 2007 as a way to "Remember Pearl Harbor".Here it is again, December 7th, 2010 - lest we forget that fateful day and the heroes of our greatest generation, :salute:
Semper Fi........Bobgee

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 06:22 PM

BTT - I first posted this thread in 2007 as a way to "Remember Pearl Harbor".Here it is again, December 7th, 2010 - lest we forget that fateful day and the heroes of our greatest generation, :salute:
Semper Fi........Bobgee



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Posted 14 December 2010 - 05:40 PM

Wow, and I mean Wow, sorry I missed this the first time around. Thanks for posting this great USMC Pearl Harbor valor grouping. :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 05:49 AM

BTT - I first posted this thread in 2007 as a way to "Remember Pearl Harbor".Here it is again, December 7th, 2010 - lest we forget that fateful day and the heroes of our greatest generation, :salute:
Semper Fi........Bobgee


btt - December 7, 2011 - "REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR! :salute:

FYI _ There were 52 Navy Crosses awarded for actions on 7 December 1941. 46 to Navy men; 6 to Marines.

Semper Fi.......Bobgee

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 09:02 AM

SUPERB medal group Bob - please to see it back to the top today!

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 11:40 AM

BTT - In memory of that fateful day - "which will live in infamy" 72 years ago. Lest we EVER forget. Semper Fi......Bobgee

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 12:00 PM

Just about the best Pearl Harbor group I've seen, one of my favorites!  Thanks for resurrecting this treasure Bob!

Semper Fi

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 06:38 AM

Bump for 7 December. REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR! Bobgee



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Posted 06 December 2014 - 06:12 PM

Hellava lot!  Always love seeing this one Bob.

Semper Fi



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Posted 05 December 2015 - 03:05 PM

BUMP for 7 December - Remember Pearl Harbor!



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Posted 05 December 2015 - 07:36 PM

Semper Fi glad Hailey's medals have such an honored home



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Posted 06 December 2016 - 12:13 PM

Bump for the 75th Anniversary of the "date which will live in infamy." December 7th 1941.

REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR!

Semper Fi...BOB


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Posted 06 December 2016 - 01:32 PM

Wow...I missed this the first six times around (no kidding). What an amazing group to an amazing Marine!




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