Eighty two (82) years ago TODAY, December 7th, 1941, The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked our Naval forces at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii.

I was only five years old, but even at five years of age, I KNEW something really big had come to pass on that, The Day of Infamy, Pearl Harbor Day.

I used to quietly slip downstairs in my home and listen to the news on the radio that my parents were playing in our living room.

At the time, Walter Winchell was a prominent radio news announcer. He always began with the following statement :

“Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. North and South America and all the ships at sea. Let’s go to press.”

Beginning in January of 1958, I served in the United States Marine Corps. This was but 13-years after the fighting with the Japanese had ceased. I was privileged to serve with some members of the Marine Corps who had fought the Japanese in the Pacific Theater during the later stages of WWII. Few talked about their combat experiences, but all of us knew how horrific the fighting had been throughout the Pacific and especially at Iwo Jima and Okinawa towards the end of the war.

In Solemn Memory of all who have served our Nation.


A United States Department of Defense Form 214, also known as a DD 214, is awarded all who have served honorably in our military service.

4 thoughts on “DEC 7, 23 .. DEC 7, 41.. PEARL HARBOR.. THE DAY OF INFAMY

  1. Olga from Chita

    Cap, dear Cap! What a great guy you are! How proud I am to know you as such a grateful patriot of your country, such a wise and experienced person. Cap, good health to you, your loved ones and a strong memory for generations about the history of their country. Glory and eternal memory to those who defended, died and put their efforts in support of the soldiers and their country.

  2. Michael

    Cap, God Bless you for your military service as a Marine! It shows us all how to live as a true patriot in defense of our women and children and all of our great country. Not to criticize our democracy but to go to any lengths to protect and defend our democratic institutions!
    I did the same, being drafted into the U.S. Army for a 2yr term, and re-enlisting for an additional year so that I could become a tank and diesel mechanic. By the Grace Of God I was ordered to service in Germany rather than that senseless war in Viet Nam (my humble opinion).
    Bottom line: we survived when thousands of other men and women did not.
    I, too, am reverently grateful for having fulfilled our duty and obligation to country.
    God Bless,

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Michael I could write the exact same words about you as those you have written about me. Read .. Thank YOU Michael for YOUR service to God and our country. The Viet Nam War was WORSE than being merely senseless Michael. Further words about that fail me except to note not one single person in authority, when it was launched, has ever said what a terrible mistake it was. Your Ally .. Cap

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