Lest we forget

BOB PREJEAN Donaldsonville Chief

President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Pearl Harbor, “A day that will live in infamy.” He was right.

While Japanese diplomats were in Washington, D.C. preaching peace and meeting with top U.S. Officials, behind our backs Navy, Air Force and others sailed across the Pacific Ocean without warning and attacked, killed and destroyed over 4,000 servicemen, planes and naval equipment.

World War II Veterans remember that day very well. Some of us lost family and friends from that sneak attack. Many Veterans still harbor anger and defiance toward the Japanese today.

From the Pearl Harbor bombing day and on, the Japanese murdered, raped and slaughtered thousands of innocent people; including killing thousands of American Prisoners of War (P.O.W.) on their Bataan Death March and the rape and murder of over 200 Army and Navy nurses in the Philippines Islands.

We were finally able to retaliate with operations in Guadalcanal, Saipan, Midway, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and subdued them once and for all with Atomic Bomb power.

In 1945, Air Force General Curtis Lemay was asked why he sent up to 700 B-29 bombers loaded with incendiary bombs and burnt the city of Tokyo to ashes? “I still have the stench of Pearl Harbor in my nostrils,” he said answering.

We will never forget those who have served.