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#26 Mark

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 11:19 PM

Incredible slice of history you have there Kurt.

Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

#27 nicolas75

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 03:28 AM

having this item in hand is having a stone of the great history wall

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 07:11 AM

Just to add to this theme regarding the Pearl Harbor attack and in particular the USS Arizonia - I have mentioned several times on this forum that I live in a small town in Maine that sacrificed an incredible loss of life during the Second World War ( and also during the Civil War and World War I ) ! With 33 deaths during WW II, my home town must have been in perpetual mourning and gave at least one of its sons in nearly every major battle of the conflict. On that infamous Sunday morning in December, a Skowhegan, Maine sailor was on board the USS Arizonia and was serving as the Navigational Officer. LtCmdr John E. French, a 1922 graduate of the Naval Academy in Anapolis (the famous Adm Hyman Rickover was in that graduating class) was killed when an exposion catapulted his body into the water. Later that week French's body was fished from the harbor and now his remains are buried at Arlington, not too far from Audie's Murphy's grave site. The naval officer's family including his wife and son were living in California at the time of his death so his name is credited to that state, but French was born here in Maine and became the second KIA of the 33 mentioned from this town. Our first casualty occurred 19 Nov 41 ( more than two weeks before Pearl ) when a Skowhegan boy lost his life during joint military maneuvers near Peachland, NC when a head injury caused by this soldier's rifle took his life. Skowhegan's sacrifice came very early in World War II. John Edmund French had served in the US Navy during WW I and received the Victory Medal with the rare Asiatic bar. In memory of this Maine hero, I always asked people whom I knew were going to visit Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to look for French's name on the roster of men killed on the Arizona that December morning.

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 10:52 AM

Kurt:

A very poignant story to say the least -- history like this must be preserved and shared for future generations of Americans who will be too far removed from the war to make it a personal experience. Tisdale's story and the artifacts make his story and his life very real. Thank you for sharing.

Best regards,

Ed

Edited by Sgt. Rock, 05 January 2009 - 10:53 AM.


#30 Croix de Guerre

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 02:09 PM

Kurt,

Thank you for sharing this historical and outstanding group of artifacts!

#31 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 03:11 PM

BTT in rememberance of Pearl Harbor

#32 PaulR

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 05:59 AM

Thank you for sharing this grouping. I am glad that you were able to get some detailed information from your research.

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 02:57 PM

Thanks so much for sharing this. A truly priceless group. Let us never forget Roosevelt's assurance that the "American people will through their righteous might win through to absolute victory... With confidence in our armed forces-with the unbounded determination of our people-we will gain the inevitable triumph-so help us God."

#34 trenchbuff

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 07:18 PM

Kurt, I doubt there are many items as historic as your CSC book. Holding an item in your hand that actually went down with the USS ARIZONA is simply awesome!!!! Really appreciate you sharing this with us.

Mark

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 09:51 PM

Wow! that's all just WOW!

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 08:38 AM

BTT for the 70th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:42 PM

Back to the top in commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

#38 Jim Baker

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:21 PM

Thanks Kurt! Another great story.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:11 AM

Thank you for posting this Kurt. It amazing to see something that went down with the USS ARIZONA!
Dick

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 07:51 AM

BTT in remembrance of the Pear Harbor attack.

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#41 ViewfinderGyrene

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Posted 04 April 2015 - 01:54 PM

Incredible Kurt, this is by far one of the top groups you have ever posted. Exquisite, RIP, RPH!



#42 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 05 December 2015 - 02:57 PM

Back to the top in commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.



#43 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 09:20 AM

Back up to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

#44 Mr.Jerry

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 10:04 AM

Thanks, I missed this the last time(s) around.

 

Wow. What a poignant witness to history.



#45 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 07:58 PM

BTT

#46 bobgee

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 01:30 PM

Again - WOW! An awesome piece of history! Bob



#47 katieony

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 04:32 AM

Definitely rare and historic!



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Posted 09 December 2017 - 08:44 AM

Nice grouping!

#49 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 11:04 PM

The 77th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack is around the corner. Remember Pearl Harbor.

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 08:57 AM

Back up in remembrance of the 78th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.


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