We had a wide panoramic view of Pearl Harbor until they built very tall Hotels in our view.

Honolulu Hawaii,

A fading orange sun was slowly sinking into the placid central blue Pacific.  The mournful sounds of Taps was sounding out from the distinctive white structure of the Arizona Memorial in the waters of Pearl Harbor.

As I observed this from the lanai   from the back of our townhouse overlooking all of Pearl Harbor a tingling sensation traveled down my spine when witnessing this mostly calm ocean panorama.  It was hard to imagine an early morning sky back in 1941 with hundreds of planes buzzing about and bombs exploding and the USS Arizona sinking into the harbor taking hundreds of seamen down with it to their watery grave.

This personal recollection was dated Sunday December 7, 1972.  A little more than thirty-years after that day President Roosevelt declared “a day that would live in infamy.”.  I’ll never forget this attention-arresting moment.

Chuck Ayers

Published by OkieMan

I come from a family who migrated from the parched red dirt Plaines of southern rural Oklahoma. Migrating to blue collar working class community of East Los Angeles. There is where I was born. I am Mr. Writermelon. I can only write what my grammar and spell checker allows. I am neither profound nor profane. Boy howdy! Send comment to: Mr.writermelon@gmail.com

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