Remember The Heroes

A little over three months before the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we heard a stark warning of what ‘could happen’ from those who knew best: some of the last survivors of Pearl Harbor. We gathered the group for a special episode of ‘The Debra Duncan Show’ to honor the fallen on Memorial Day 2001.

Attack on Pearl Harbor- December 7, 1941.

The show also features heroes from WW II who were crew members of the ill-fated U.S.S. Indianapolis, which sunk in just 12 minutes after being struck by a Japanese sub’s torpedo. Ironically, the ship had just delivered the components of the atomic bomb which eventually led to the end of the war. But these brave survivors described the horror of watching their shipmates drown in the Pacific and be eaten alive by sharks.

As well, we heard from an inspirational POW survivor of the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ during the Vietnam War, too.

But another great story was that of the Battleship Texas, which witnessed so much history in both WW I and WW II– including the iconic raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. The USS Texas was there when D-Day history was made on June 6, 1944….as the Texas provided cover to the waves of servicemen storming the beaches at Normandy. In particular, the Texas joined a British cruiser in providing support to Allied Forces engaged in the the attack launched at Omaha Beach. Then, later that year during the Battle of Iwo Jima, the Battleship Texas relentlessly shelled the shoreline of the sands of Iwo Jima during the historic ascent by the U.S. Marines who raised the stars and stripes atop Mount Suribachi. Just think of the amazing history this great ship has witnessed- and made!

In every story, there’s a familiar theme: freedom isn’t free. It comes with a very hefty price. But how many of us really think about that every day and remember the heroes who paid that price?

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