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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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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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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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"The Americans on this Island are not ordinary troops, but Marines, a special force recruited from jails and insane asylums for blood lust." -Japanese Newspaper found during the Battle of Guadalcanal - "They Got That Right!!" Chesty Puller

 

 

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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.

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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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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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.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...showtopic=12984

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...showtopic=13062

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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.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...showtopic=12984

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...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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WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Bob

 

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

 

 

 

 

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On the battlefield, Pfc Edward Ahrens, an Able Company BAR man, lay dying, soaked in his own blood.

 

As his company commander, Lew Walt cradled him in his arms, he surveyed the scene around them. Nearby lay a Japanese officer, a sergeant, and thirteen enlisted men, all dead. Ahrens had been shot twice in the chest and bayoneted three times. He whispered to Walt, "Captain, they tried to come over me last night, but I don't think they made it." Choking back tears, Walt replied softly, "They didn't, Eddy. They didn't."

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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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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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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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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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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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

 

Kurt Barickman

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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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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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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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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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

Semper Fi

Kevin

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Bump for 7 December. REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR! Bobgee

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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Hellava lot! Always love seeing this one Bob.

Semper Fi

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Always looking for quality WWI and WWII USMC items. Particularly 4th Marine Brigade related items, medals, uniforms helmets ephemera, Also WWII USMC items including uniforms, medals, etc. to combat veterans especially Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima. Let me know what you have. Semper Fi


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BUMP for 7 December - Remember Pearl Harbor!

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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

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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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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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

Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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