- Damn the torpedoes, full speed aheadby Commando
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Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941
Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead by Commando
Urban legend...or is it? contest entry

"Dedicated to those heroes,  who fought and
died at Pearl Harbor.
May their memory remain etched  
in our hearts? Forever.


"Rat-a-tat-tat, Kaboom, kaboom, beat the drum and 
clash the cymbals. Damn the torpedoes,
full speed ahead. When the smoke cleared away,
hundreds lay dead.

The Arizona, a proud battleship, a casualty that day, as
it was besieged and sank killing 1,177 crewmen
outright. Sweet Jesus!  What a terrible sight at
dawn's early light.

Today thousands of Americans pay tribute to our 1,102
heroes, as they rest in their watery grave below the
Memorial. Listen closely and one will hear; "I heard a
voice calling; man your guns and fire away!"

Legend or truth? Who's to say? Are they ghosts from that
day reminding us of the death and destruction?
Do you hear them say; "Fight on for freedom?" As their
words drift off in the calm waters of today.

Schofield Barracks, what a bloody mess, body parts were
scattered here, there, almost everywhere. The nurses
yelled; "Please, go and get the plasma. It's in the
dispensary over there."

"Rat-a-tat-tat. Kaboom, kaboom," when the guns stopped
firing and the bombs a falling, around 1,235 of our brave
men and women lay dead. "Oh, my God! Did they
hear You a calling?"

Some were our Grandfathers, Grandmothers, Farmers,
Bankers, and such. All blood ran red, and
their courage was awesome. Let us "Salute," them,
for giving so much!

"Bombs away," the Bombardier yelled , as he released
"Fat Man" from the Enola Gay. Col. Tibbets
banked the B-29 hard west, then saw Hiroshima 
blown away. 66,000 died that day.

"Little Boy's gone," the Bombardier screamed, as
he released "Little Boy" from the Bockscar. Maj.
Sweeney kicked rudder on the B-29, then saw
Nagasaki melt like butter. 39,000 died.

From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans
white with foam," most Americans
sang back home. Of course, there were some who
sang other songs.

Some sang; "Glory, glory, Hallelujah, their truth is
marching on." Others sang; "When Johnny
comes marching home again, Hurrah, hurrah," and yet,
all were Americans to the bone.

Oh, Yes! All of their voices were heard, regardless of
Race, Color or Creed, as they sang; "God
bless, America, land that I love. Stand beside us, and
guide us, to our home, sweet home!"


"You, betcha!"



Author Notes
A "SALUTE," to those brave men and women, who died at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Oh, yes! They gave their all, so that you and I could enjoy our freedom, and "Sing happy songs!" May their memory, "Remain etched in our hearts forever." They are God's Warriors now, and are singing; "God is blessing America!" Are you listening, my dear friends? Are you, huh?? As always, thank you for reading my work, "Wherever you are!" Best wishes and God bless. Special words for my friends; The immediate death totals from the bombs dropped on Hiroshima, August 6th and Nagasaki, August 9th, 1942, are 66,000 for Hiroshima, and 39,000 for Nagasaki. These figures are given by the Manhattan Engineer District. "Of course, we know. there are Urban legends throughout this writing, and some are likely to be untrue. However, one's imagination is the ability of the mind to be creative. Therefore, who is to say?"


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