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Monday, December 12, 2011 3:11 PM


It was so uplifting to me to see the giant American Flag at half staff at Wells Fargo Bank on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Just as most of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we first heard/saw the events of 9/11, so it is for some of us concerning the shooting of President John F. Kennedy, and so it is for a few of us who are old enough that we do not need a history book for us to remember Sunday, December 7, 1941. Seventy years ago on that day far more people were killed by the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor than on 9/11.

It  was  early  Sunday  morning  (mid-afternoon  here) when Sgt. Joseph Lockhard in Hawaii, saw signals on his radar panel  that  indicated  a  large  fleet  of  aircraft  approaching and  reported  to  his  superiors.  They  ignored  his  report  and said  it  could  not  be  correct.  Later,  when  a  civilian  foreman at  Kaneohe  Airport  telephoned  the  Air  Force  that  Japanese  planes  were  coming  in to attack, he was told, “You must be seeing things, go to bed and sleep it off.”

Within a few hours the US fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor had been all but wiped out. Now fast forward, it is now the 25th Anniversary Reunion of the Pearl Harbor Attack. Survivors and their families are returning for the celebration from all over the United States. But there is one man returning from Japan. Who is he? Captain Mitsuo Fuchida. And who was he? The lead plane commander of the attack on Pearl Harbor. And why was he returning? To lay a wreath at the Memorial at Pearl Harbor! You see, Captain Fuchida had a “heart operation” — that is, he had a new heart. He had become a Christian. So stay tuned, same time, same station for the “rest of the story.”


Warren L. Reed,



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