In Recognition of Veteran's Day Part I

The storm cloud of war in China and Europe has already been unleashed. Since 1931 Japan has conducted a bloody scourge against Manchuria. Since 1939 Germany has been militarily excising the countries of the Eastern Bloc and Scandinavia. Still the United States resists entering the war even after Europe falls to the Nazis and Great Britain valiantly repels Herman Goering's Luftwaffe as it tries to bomb London into submission. The winds of war are everywhere yet Congress only grudgingly allows the Lend Lease Act to begin supplying England and Russia with tanks, ammunition, and even fighter aircraft.

Day of Infamy

Suddenly on December 7th 1941 Pearl Harbor is attacked without warning. The Japanese Embassy in Washington DC at 2:30 in the afternoon a Declaration of War is finally decoded  hours after the flames of US warships leave black smoke billowing in the skies of Hawaii and the bodies of sailors float in the harbor. An act that propels America into war against the Axis Powers as announced by President Franklin Roosevelt the following day ignites vengeance in the states as American men flock to the recruitment centers even Hollywood actors angrily come to the call of their nation. Tyrone Powers, Eddie Albert, Clark Gable, James Stewart, and many others enlist ready to fight!

Agony continues

What's even worse is the uncanny string of victories the Japanese Imperial Navy and Armies rack up in the Asian theater. in quick succession! The US Army base in Manilla falls along with the British army there surrendering in humiliating fashion to a smaller but more aggressive Japanese force of invaders, Malaya, Guam, and Singapore fall to the a Japanese juggernaut of aerial attacks, Naval power, and an army that swarms its objectives seemingly imperiousness to opposition. General Mac Arthur evacuates his troops to Corregidor and it's underground tunnels for the wounded. Unprepared for war 20,000 US troops and Naval personnel attempt to make a last stand there.

Next conquest

The Japanese multi objective plans don't end there as a task force steams for a little known island in the Pacific known as Wake. There feverish preparations are made by 1779 US Marines, US Naval personnel  and civilian contractor personnel  scrambling to make fortifications to defend the island. They don't have to wait long as the Japanese flotilla consisting of  2 light cruisers,8 destroyers, and 2 troop transport ships converted from destroyer escorts head full speed to their appointment with destiny. Already land based Japanese bombers will be softening up the island prior to an amphibious invasion.

What you don't know can hurt you

As the Japanese eagerly approach Wake Island little do they know that they are facing 6 five inch coastal guns, 450 US Marines, and a small airfield that accommodates US F4F Wildcats and Brewster Buffalo fighters, 12  three inch anti-aircraft guns and 30 water cooled 30 caliber heavy machine guns. First blood is drawn when a large formation of 36 Mitsubishi G3M3 heavy bombers from the neighboring Marshall Islands unleashed an attack upon the small atoll.

Death from the air

The airfield is hit hard with several F4F's destroyed 23 Marine personnel killed and 11 wounded. Luckily for the Wake defenders none of the heavy artillery awaiting the Japanese amphibious invasion is hit. Intact and ready to go they will soon perform exactly as needed as the desperate hours pass. 3  more bomb raids will occur prior to the attempted landing. After the first bombing in order to decoy the Japanese from hitting the coastal guns wooden false targets are erected on a different part of the island and the next bomb run obliges by knocking out the decoys.

Battle begins

Now the Japanese Task Force begins its assault, but there is no response from the anticipated shore defenses. Elated the fleet moves in closer to the beach head to make landing the 450 Japanese Special Forces troops easier. US Marine Major Devereux orders his artillery to remain silent as the Japanese edge closer to Wake Island shortening the lethal distance between themselves and the shore batteries of the Americans. The Japanese Task Force Commander believes that the prior heavy air strikes have knocked out heavy gunnery defenses and confidently orders his landing group closer. All the while though the remaining 4 F4F Wildcat Fighter aircraft harass the landing force.

An unexpected butt whipping

Suddenly and with deadly affect the US Marine heavy guns open up! They hammer three of the Japanese ships one at 4,000 yards is hit in the magazine and explodes and sinks in minutes Destroyer Hayate goes down taking its entire crew with it! Meanwhile the 4 F4F Wildcats diving, strafing, and bombing the Japanese shipping land a direct hit on Destroyer Kisaragi detonating the depth charges on deck with a direct hit. The ship disappears below the Pacific waters in smoke and flames taking its crew along with it! To make matters worse for the Japanese Light Cruiser Yubari's super structure is hammered 11 times by hits from the US Marine Coastal guns! The Japanese have now lost 325 Naval personnel and army troops, 2 destroyers, with extreme damage to a light cruiser forced to limp away!

Don't mess with the US Marines!

In full view of the ground troops on Wake Island they are electrified by their David and Goliath victory over the Japanese first wave and achieve the very first loss of a Nippon warship in the second World War! Without unloading any of their amphibious force the Japanese task force retreats having been badly mauled by the unthinkable-determined American resistance from a tiny island in the Pacific called  Wake! At home disillusioned American crowds gather around radios elated to hear the good news. For the first time in the war the Japanese have experienced an embarrassing setback and the crowds are delighted! Commander Cunningham of the Wake Island forces defiantly sends out a message to the world that echoes through out the US and her allies, "send more Japs!"

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Comment by koshersalaami on November 14, 2017 at 4:12pm

My profile doesn't have a thing to do with your grouping Obama with Hitler, Mussolini, Mao, and Stalin. None of the other comments made that grouping germane, let alone necessary. Again, if he was guilty of everything you say he wouldn't remotely belong in that group, and there are precious few reasons you'd think to put him there, none of them flattering. 

If you didn't want me to react to it, you shouldn't have said it. If you'd left the post alone and hadn't gone there, I wouldn't be here giving you a hard time. 

And, by the way, complaining about Obama's attendance at intelligence briefings is laughable with Trump in the White House. Trump's reputation that way is so much worse. 

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Comment by Maui Surfer on November 14, 2017 at 8:56pm

Little man, big words. I guess if you had to analyze it all the final would be I spent my life circling the globe surfing all over and learning as much as I could about every culture I had the pleasure to experience, including meeting those living in communist countries who of course were not really commies and didn't believe the BS their dictators spewed at them down the barrels of cannons. You, it seems, stayed in one place, a place known for xenophobia and bragging about, well, being not much of nothing except square miles. As far as you holding on to your wallet, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha is my last word on that. Oh, and if you are, and I fear you may be, a gun nut, know full well we are all strapped here in Hawaii for pig hunting and in Oakland just because it is a good idea even though the City is a million times safer than it was ten years ago. BTW, Oakland's problems were started by a Rethug Mayor who recruited KKK members from your great state of Tejas to harass, rape, beat and murder African Americans. Before that happened it was known for its tolerance. More herstory you are not aware of, or read lies about.

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Comment by Doc Vega on November 15, 2017 at 12:22pm

Maui, once again you and you false accusations and your incessant race baiting! I've been around the world a few times myself to countries like China where Communism and it's anti-capitalistic agenda can clearly be seen even in the present where they finally allowed the influence of the west into their culture and the free enterprise that comes with it but unfortunately they have not learned the ethical side of it yet and have almost non-existent consumer representation but they're getting there and they are finally seeing that prosperity and a work ethic are essential to each other as opposed the gigantic welfare state erected by the Democrats in America! Your insults are well noted as well as your typical lies. But, that's to be expected with you anyway!

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Comment by Doc Vega on November 15, 2017 at 12:26pm

Maui, the Domino Theory? Lets see, shortly after the fall of Saigon came the Khmer Rouge, another Communist group, who took over Cambodia in quick succession and created the well known killing fields were it is estimated a million or more victims lie in mass graves along with the occupation of Laos which went along a little more peacefully though the Vietcong were using at as a sanctuary for their forces who could hit South Vietnam with impunity and then run back across the border again. If that's not proof of the Domino Theory I don't know what is. Seems the mist of THC has conveniently wiped that from your memory.

Comment by Doc Vega on November 15, 2017 at 12:28pm

Kosher, I never told you not to respond to any of my articles, in fact, you are invited to, but I will call you out when you initiate false narratives or try to defend the undefendable. That being said have a nice day.

Comment by Doc Vega on November 15, 2017 at 12:33pm

Kosher, what do you mean that your profile has nothing to do with Hitler, Mao, Mussolini, or Stalin. My premise was that for all of Obama's lies, the blood on his hands from Benghazi, Fast and Furious, his code speak that helped ignite racial rioting in many US cities and led to attacks upon the police? Oh, hell yeah! He belongs in that category, as a matter of fact, there are people in Syria and other countries who hold him responsible for the surgical drone attacks he boastfully used to take out certain Islamic and Arab enemies! Is it just a matter of opinion until the body count really starts to add up? 

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