Wednesday, August 29, 2007

We can learn from history how past generations thought and acted, how they responded to the demands of their time and how they solved their problems. We can learn by analogy, not by example, for our circumstances will always be different than theirs were. The main thing history can teach us is that human actions have consequences and that certain choices, once made, cannot be undone. They foreclose the possibility of making other choices and thus they determine future events.......Gerda Lerner

Pearl Harbor. On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor , Hawaii. By planning his attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in port.

American victories in the Coral Sea and Midway Island U-Boat 505 WWII Photos PI Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941

Battle of Leyte Gulf & 10 / 44 Landings Normandy Invasion Songs
D-Day Landings and Battle of Leyte Gulf Liberation freedom from the Japanese occupation. Most of us were born this year and also the previous year 1944 Atomic Bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Place of Birth Old Manila Collection of War Pictures From Families in this era

(The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island, where it had just delivered some aircraft. (The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States.)In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu, he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which struck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields in Hickam, Kaneohe, and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets.At 0753 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2 ”Kate" torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 "Val" dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor. Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the attack.


Enclosed is a premiere topic of our generation, about saving our wonderful planet earth, and also ourselves too. In my efforts to emphasize my solutions and prevention of the catastrophe ahead, I recall the quotation. "Tell people something they know already and they will thank you for it. Tell them something new and they will hate you for it." With that, I hope not to fall in the latter category.

My goal is to keep everybody abreast and involved to prevent the future dim scenario in the mother country. If we do not implement the gentle methods to placate
our environment, the Philippines and all areas in "the tropics with its few resources and growing population will resort to war and violence to satisfy the hunger of the populace in this climate catastrophe." What we have sown in this planet will bring forth a harsh aftermath and gone will be the pleasant existence of our past. This topic has become a moral issue.
The havoc and destruction will be more than the combined effects of WWI, WWII and the 1929 depression. It is about, how the recent generations could destroy all what man has created in the past 10,000 years. This also brings to light the moral values of the entities whose objectives are to spread doubt and prolong the debate on
Global Warming. The debate is now over, on authority of some of the world's top science experts, they believe that those who spread doubt maybe prosecuted as criminals as they "have blood on their hands" and are "morally if not legally, criminals."

The memories of this period became so vivid now that I am retired from public service. Exactly half a century ago, a long time ago, I recall the afternoons, when we use to loiter around the corridors and hallways of Rizal Hall. The times in our early teens, our bags loaded with books, eager and wide eyed, always quick to learn the basic subjects of the arts and sciences, or sometimes explored its dark crawl space looking for misadventures, learning to smoke the dreaded blue seal cigarettes.

Listening to the jeers from members of the upper classes, as they would taunt, and it was juvenile as I reminisce now, "you have not reached manhood yet until your first puff......or stay in the crawl space alone for this long....or..." maybe with some reluctance to our awakening puberty, encouraged ourselves to socialize with the opposite gender. These constituted a happy and some basic phases of our formative years, with all these judgement and experience of yesteryear directly affecting a big portion of our persona towards maturity.

Our generation probably is the most interesting, born in the crucible of World War II, then in later years, the most changes and perhaps the last of the innocent generation. The years from 1943 to 1945 are considered to be the silent (war babies) generation, between the so called hero and the baby boomer generations. My intent, to emphasize the war years, reflected my perception of this period that significantly impacted everybody. If not for the war and the turn of events, maybe we would not be even here. In truth, it is our trademark as war babies. How we and our parents survived the tribulations of that era was in itself phenomenal. However, bear with me, the later years will show the lighter side of our generation, and hopefully all can enjoy the chronicles and timeline of everyone in this segment of our life.