70 Years Ago Today

This kind of thing will ruin your whole day:

It’s certainly getting to be a long time ago.  That’s not even the Arizona up above there, by the way, whose forward ammunition magazine suffered a direct hit, pretty much blowing the whole ship apart.  It lies on the bottom still, seeping oil under a well known memorial, and remains a tomb:

This is what she looked like ten years earlier, when she ferried around presidents:

I don’t know what the Navy has planned today, but I hope it’s something suitably solemn even as this event slips into the remote past.  There’s a lot that could be said about it all, geo-politically and revisionist historically speaking.  But I say enough pointed things.  Today I’ll just remember the sailors, with whom I share a deep kinship.

 

 

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