Pearl Harbor

Aloha!

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Any American who visits Oahu should make sure they spend at least one day at Pearl Harbor.

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There are only eight living survivors of Pearl Harbor, all in their nineties so we were pleasantly surprised to notice this:

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One of the Pearl Harbor survivors was actually there the same day we were! He had written a memoir and was signing copies. We got a picture with him:

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Then we boarded a little boat to go out to the Arizona Memorial.

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We weren’t allowed to bring any bags onto the base so I had to be stuffed in a blue plastic bag we got after we bought the survivor’s book. It looks like I’m wearing a blue poncho.

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Early in the morning on December 7th, 1941, the soldiers were getting ready for more of a leisurely day of church  and rest since it was Sunday.  Some were singing the National Anthem when the Japanese struck.

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The Americans weren’t ready, even though there had been a call that planes were flying into Honolulu territory.

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Another call was sent out that it was okay because they were expecting fighter planes from CA and not to worry.

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They didn’t know until it was too late that those planes were Japanese torpedo planes ready to bomb down on the US Navy.

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The USS Arizona was destroyed.

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Oil still leaks from it to this day.

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The USS Missouri was damaged.

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But it served a key point in the war because it was on this ship that the Japanese signed their surrender.

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The attack on Pearl Harbor was the worst the Navy has ever seen.

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More than 23,000 Americans were killed.

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The attack, however proved to be the undoing of the Japanese.

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Because of this attack, the Americans were in shock and they rallied together and became a united force to eventually win the war.

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I am proud to be an American and I am so grateful to everyone in the military for fighting for my safety and freedom.

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The Arizona memorial stands as a memorial to those who gave up their lives that day,

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but also it is a reminder to us, that we should never forget what happened on December, 1941, and we should never forget what it costs to be a soldier.

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After the boat brought us back we walked around the grounds which was a sort of outside museum. We got to climb on the anchor of the USS Arizona.

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Look how big it is!

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We saw the USS Bowfin, a WWII submarine from a distance.

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And then we had some fun with the Hawaii foliage.

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Don’t you love this bird of paradise flower in my hair? I feel like my hair’s on fire.

Then I found a palm tree that was just my size!

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Up, up, up,

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Here I am! Queen Kanani of Oahu!

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Fourth of July is coming, so don’t forget to have fun and celebrate that day, but also remember our troops who keep our country free.

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-Kanani

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About jackylina

Hi, I'm Heather (the human) and Jacky (the doll) wanted us to start a blog together about all the dolls in my room. I collect 18"dolls such as American Girl, Carpatina, Magic Attic, and Kidz n Cats. I love dressing them up and creating photo stories for you to enjoy! I'm a Christian and you will see a Christian influence in this blog because I can't help glorifying the Lord!
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2 Responses to Pearl Harbor

  1. Flo says:

    I see you had a similar issue taking a bag with Kanani in that I had at the Museo De Mayo in Cancun. Things you don’t think about. Cassandra at least made a couple of new friends that way! But boy was my arm tired…

    • jackylina says:

      Yeah, you never realize a doll is so heavy and awkward to carry until you actually do it. Now I realize why little kids hand their dolls to their parents to carry almost instantly.

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