Posted by: SJS | December 7, 2016

75th Anniversary of December 7, 1941

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On this day in 1941 – a Sunday – George (Red) Stahley was in his junior year at Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA.  He told me that shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor he decided he would enlist in the Armed Forces.  At first, he wasn’t sure which branch but he soon settled on the Navy.  He wanted to go right away but was convinced to finish high school and then entered the service as soon as he graduated in the Spring of 1943.

The above photo was shared with me by Randy McConnell (thanks Randy!) and it shows PTs 359 and 358 nested somewhere in the South Pacific.  Red’s closest buddy, Tom Saffles, served aboard PT 359 so it was a real thrill to get this photo and see the boat as it looked when Tom stepped aboard in 1945 to serve as radioman.

December 7th was a day that changed the lives of countless Americans.  We remember with gratitude and respect all those who summoned the courage–and determination–to step forward and serve.  Our debt to them could never be adequately repaid.

 

 

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Responses

  1. Excellent post!

    • Thanks, GP. As always, your support is deeply appreciated. Keep up the good work on your blog!

      • Thank you very much.

  2. Lest we forget.

    • Exactly. The memory of these pivotal events is so very important. Thanks for your continued support. Best wishes for a happy Christmas and a healthy 2017.

      • Happy Christmas! Hope 2017 is a great year for you.


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