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A Day Of Infamy

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  • A Day Of Infamy

    Around eight o’clock in the morn
    In Nineteen forty-one
    On December the Seventh
    Our World War Two was begun.

    We’d tried to stay out of it
    And said, it was not our fight
    But an attack by Jap aircraft
    Made us look and see the light.

    One hundred of our ships
    Were docked at the Seaport
    And planes parked all around
    With Troops for their support.

    The saddest part of the attack
    Was, it was known an hour before
    A Jap midget sub spotted and sunk
    And that may have changed the War.

    The crew of the USS Ward
    Who had sent it down below
    Radioed Pearl Naval Command
    Who didn’t believe their story, so.

    That one hour of warning
    The Navy Brass failed to heed
    May have saved so many lives
    Maybe lost without need.

    Some sixty-one years later
    The truth was finally known
    The sub found with the holes
    Shells from the Ward had blown.

    Some have said our Government
    Knew of the attack beforehand
    Some accounts hard to believe
    And even harder to understand.

    Almost twelve hundred wounded
    Nearly twenty-four hundred died
    Our Country shocked and outraged
    While all of our People cried.

    Twenty-one ships sunk or damaged
    Plus more than three hundred planes
    Wrecks strewn along the bottom
    Which, still hold some remains.

    Many years have come and passed
    Since that day of infamy
    With so many more battles waged
    To help keep our Country Free.

    So sad it takes War for Peace
    But guess that’s the Human way
    But seems there’s more time fighting
    Than we spend with a peaceful day.

    received from Del “Abe” Jones
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