USS West Virginia History
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Ships Present At Pearl Harbor On December 07, 1941
Pearl Harbor Battle Report Of The USS West Virginia
Allied Ships Present In Tokyo Bay During Japanese Surrender
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor Speech
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Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.
This morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.
NOTE: I, George Shinaberry, underlined the phrase so help us God because God has to be removed from most things today because it is politically incorrect. If you Atheist, Agnostics, Moslems and any others that don't believe in our God you can get the hell out of this country and stay out as far as I am concerned.
This country was built on the word of God and that is a part of our histoty. "GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"I pledge allegiance to the Flag
An foreigner coming into this country should have to take this pledge and sign an allegiance to it. Any time they do not want to follow this allegiance they should be deported immediately. Screw a bunch of shyster lawyers trying to get them out of it.
What this Pledge means:
|I Pledge Allegiance||I Promise to be faithful and true (Promise my loyalty)|
|to the flag||to the emblem that stands for and represents|
|of the United States||all 50 states, each of them individual, and individually represented on the flag|
|of America||yet formed into a UNION of one Nation.|
|and to the Republic||And I also pledge my loyalty to the Government that is itself a Republic, a form of government where the PEOPLE are sovereign,|
|for which it stands,||this government also being represented by the Flag to which I promise loyalty.|
|one Nation under God,||These 50 individual states are united as a single Republic under the Divine providence of God, "our most powerful resource" (according to the words of President Eisenhower)|
|Indivisible,||and can not be separated. (This part of the original version of the pledge was written just 50 years after the beginning of the Civil War and demonstrates the unity sought in the years after that divisive period in our history)|
|with Liberty||The people of this Nation being afforded the freedom to pursue "life, liberty, and happiness",|
|and Justice||And each person entitled to be treated justly, fairly, and according to proper law and principle,|
|for All.||And these principles afforded to EVERY AMERICAN, regardless of race, religion, color, creed, or any other criteria. Just as the flag represents 50 individual states that can not be divided or separated, this Nation represents millions of people who can not be separated or divided.|
*Promise your loyalty to the Flag itself.
*Promise your loyalty to your own and the other 49 States.
*Promise your loyalty to the Government that unites us all,
Recognizing that we are ONE Nation under God,
That we can not or should not be divided or alone,
And understanding the right to Liberty and Justice belongs to ALL of us.
"In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."
Please Read This: The words of President Roosevelt's speech "so help us God" Is left off the World War II memorial
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