Sunday, December 07, 2008

It's Pearl Harbor Sunday

Do you know a Pearl Harbor survivor?
2,400 were killed and 1,178 were injured that day.

Here are some photos and the you can listen to Roosevelt's address to both houses of Congress too.

While perusing Pearl Harbor info online I found this, which I found interesting and heartwarming in an incredibly sad way.

Dick Fiske, a bugler on the U.S.S. West Virginia, wasn’t the only Pearl Harbor
survivor in his family. His father, Frank Fiske, was the Navy chief commissary
steward on the U.S.S. Tangier, and his brother Frank Fiske, Jr., was an Army
medic at Schofield Barracks. Dick Fiske was one of many servicemen to have
family at Pearl Harbor. The U.S.S. Arizona carried 36 sets of brothers (33 pairs
and three sets of three) and one father-son pair. When she was bombed on
December 7, 1941, 24 of those sets and the father-son pair died. Less than a
month later five Sullivan brothers—George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and
Albert—from Waterloo, Iowa, joined the Navy hoping to serve together. A friend
of theirs had been killed on the Arizona, and they wanted to fight. The
Sullivans were assigned to the U.S.S. Juneau, which was sunk by a Japanese
submarine on November 13, 1942, during the Battle of Guadalcanal. All five
Sullivan brothers were killed. At that time the Navy and other military branches
began to consider separating brothers in combat. In July 1942 the Navy forbade
commanding officers from forwarding requests from brothers to serve on the same
ship or station. Mandatory separation of brothers already serving together was
considered, but no action was taken. On October 26, 1944, the War Department
announced a new policy to remove surviving sons from the hazards of combat. If a
family had lost two or more sons in the armed forces and had only one surviving
son, either the family or the son could apply for him to be removed from
hazardous duties. This policy is still in effect today, but Navy family members
can serve together on the same ship. —Marisa Larson

War SOOO sucks


lime said...

I met Dick Fiske during a visit to the Arizona Memorial in 2000. I was profoundly moved by the story he shared with me.

NESSA said...

War does suck, but the people are oh so interesting. The movie Private Ryan was based on this issue of family serving in the military and The Fighting Sullivans is about the family you mention.