Remembering Pearl Harbor

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  • When: 12/07/2020
  • QIC: Slash
  • The PAX: Extra Credit, Saigon Sam (respect), Zamboni (respect), Brown, Fifty Cent (from Boondocks)

Special day today, the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, in which more than 2,400 people were killed. Of the dead, 1,177 were from the USS Arizona. Six ships were sank or destroyed, and more than 300 aircraft were demolished. As President Roosevelt noted then, it was and remains a day that lives in infamy. Yet out of the tragedy came amazing stories of heroism, including:

* Peter Tomich, the Chief Watertender on the USS Utah, who ordered his crew to abandon ship and then stayed behind to single-handedly prevent an explosion that may have hilled 1,000+ me. The USS Utah rolled over and sank minutes after the order, with Tomich among the 58 men who went down with the ship.

* A civilian named George Walkers was a dockyard worker who operated a massive rolling crane that was positioned next to the dry-docked USS Pennsylvania. When the ship came under fire from the Japanese, he moved the crane back and forth on its track, shielding the ship from low-flyingdive-bombers.

* And our own F3 Hard Nocs connection — Brown’s grandfather, Walt Cunningham, was serving on the USS Phoenix at the time of the attack and fought back, manning a gun.

Much respect and much gratitude for these American heroes.

The Thang:
25 stations, 33 seconds of work per, 7 seconds transition, repeat 2x.

The Q failed miserably in his attempt to load music into his tabata program, but it worked out for the best, as music may have drowned out Brown’s memorable doctor/patient mumblechatter. Let’s just say his F3 name well suits him 🙂

Announcements: F3 10-year anniversary coming up in January; Kraken following that in February.
Prayers: Needs upspoken; thanks for those who served at Pearl Harbor; for those who have served since; and for those serving today.

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