A fly in ’41

If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?

Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

It might not be the most glorious moment in time but it was a crucial turning point in military history and our entrance into war. There is indecision about what date the turning point really was during this time. Many dates leading up to Pearl Harbor were important and significant, however, had this unfortunate date not occurred we wouldn’t have entered at the time that we did.

That day brought with it horrendous death and destruction. If anyone has visited the Pearl Harbor site you’d be able to hear the stories and the accounts of what took place. Seeing the oil spill from the USS Arizona is still eery to this day. The names on the wall are moving. Fathers and sons, brothers and cousins, all lost together serving our country. It was a lesson learned the hard way, but a turning point that brought the entire country together. The event created an attitude that boiled over and drove Americans to fight for their freedom. It is what America needed to bring life back into its belly. There was anger, hate, compassion, and determination to win the war and bring the enemy down. The men who went off to fight were fighting for what they believed in. Yes there was a draft, but many chose to go. Those who stayed behind prepared and produced the machines and fighting equipment the men needed on their missions alongside women. For the first time it wasn’t just a woman’s job to be a secretary or a waitress, she could be a mechanic. These significant strides were what made America stronger and a vital power behind the mission. Men and women working side by side to fight a war together.

I could go on but if I were a fly on the wall, I’d choose this day from the point the first explosion rocked Oahu to the impact that was felt on the mainland and the movement that then transformed America.

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In response to the Daily Prompt: Fly on the Wall

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