Author: Herb Huseland
As I sit contemplating the memories of Pearl Harbor, I realize that from baby boomers on down, this was history, not a life experience. Those born after World War II were for the most part unaffected by those experiences.
I was born in March of 1938 and was seven years old when the war ended, and three and a half the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. At the age I was, not a lot of detail was retained. One, though, was: I witnessed adults running out into the streets of Seattle expecting to see bombs falling from Japanese aircrafts; that Japan did not have long range capability was ignored, even by our military.
This generation, along with mine, holds 9/11 and the twin towers of New York City as an equally egregious attack, this time against civilians instead of military targets. The war against Japan ended finally, but will the war against Jihadists ever end?
There are only seven Pearl Harbor veterans left to attend their annual reunion. My generation will soon die off leaving Pearl Harbor as only an historical event, not touching many lives unless a grandfather was part of it. Still, we should remember Pearl Harbor as an example of our vulnerability.