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SSgt Gary Andrews
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I tried to capture the mood of the country after Pearl Harbor in my book "The Old Man on the Bench".....based on numerous discussions I have had with people who experienced it. As for the surprise factor.......I don't know if it was an intelligence failure, or a failure to believe the intelligence they got. I get the feeling it was unbelievable to most at that time, that the Japanese would launch a full scale attack against our Navy. The correctness of whatever intelligence they received was probably questioned. We were too big and powerful to be attacked like that......complacency may have been our biggest weakness, and the Japanese exploited it. At any rate......every American stepped up and did whatever they could to make sure the ultimate victory would belong to us. Greatest Generation? The name fits.....
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SSgt Gary Andrews
SSgt Gary Andrews
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SGT (Join to see) - It's fictional.......but based on stories related to me by the people who were here when it happened. The lead character in my book participates in the battle of Iwo Jima.......and I tried to characterize that battle as realistically as possible.....based on my Marine Corps history classes, reading several books about the battle, and discussing it with my Uncle, who served there and carried little pieces of shrapnel in his back for the rest of his life. I also address the aftermath of the war.....and how my lead character dealt with it. It's just a story, but I'm told I captured the mood of the times quite well in it. If you get it, I hope you enjoy the read!
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SSgt Gary Andrews
SSgt Gary Andrews
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Here's the book, along with two others that have a military theme.
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I downloaded it on Kindle. I will read it over the Christmas holidays. Thanks SSgt Gary Andrews!
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SSgt Gary Andrews
SSgt Gary Andrews
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SGT (Join to see) - Thank you! If you enjoy it......give it a shout out. If you don't like it.......keep your trap shut. LOL......
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Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
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Recall seeing a few articles that suggest the info was there, just not processed. In todays world of instant communication around the world it's hard to realize that back then it took weeks or months to process intelligence information......or any information for that matter.
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I agree. Hindsight is 20/20.
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PO3 Donald Murphy
PO3 Donald Murphy
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There were no codes. Everything was out in the open. Had to be. We weren't at war. They weren't at war. Start sending codes? Start observing radio silence? You're up to something. Station HYPO followed them all the way to Pearl.
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CW5 Edward "Tate" Jones Jr.
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Many believe we knew but ignored the INTEL.
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