Lyrics: Don Reid, Sammy Kaye,
Music: Don Reid
Let's remember Pearl Harbor
Have you been on the Memorial atop the Arizona (in Oahu, Hawaii)? I have. Tis something not easily forgotten.
Not only do I remember all the brave boys who died that fateful Sunday morning, but I remember all the veterans who fought in that war that have since died (post war) - including my Grandpa Art (Thelin Jr.). He may not have been drafted till near the end of the war (he was a farmer in South Dakota up till then), but he was a part of the in the Pacific War and then Occupation of Japan (US Army). He has a TON of cool pictures (lots of them are tiny - about 1" x 1" if I recall correctly) and one of these days I really need to scan them so there's a digital copy of them. :) He even has some pics of when General MacArthur came to visit (he wasn't close to the General, but you could see the crowds in the shot). Unfortunately I can't give you too much more info about my Grandpa's WWII days right now cause most of the information & pictures (including the ones we scanned already) from these days are still with my folks, though I do have a copy of some items (such as his discharge papers) at home. (And if it isn't obvious yet, I'm not at home at the moment - on my lunch break at work - while I type up this blog post :).
In the meantime, here's a few pics of my Grandpa Art from the WWII that I do have scanned (and already online via my Flickr account):
Colorized picture of Art Thelin Jr (probably taken soon after being drafted)
|Grandpa Art in Japan with Survey Equipment|
|Taken inside a Japanese home. (I don't have a date/year) To see the handwritten notes on the back, click here|
|"relaxing" for a pose (pic taken in Japan)|
|Pic of Grandpa Art using the survey equipment (in Japan)|
|Another posing for the camera picture :) (Pic taken in Japan)|
So for those of you who know my brothers (and my dad), can you see their resemblence to my Grandpa Art? :)