Eli Wallach-Is this war?

Who doesn’t know Eli Wallach? Such a great character actor, known from iconic movies like “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “Mystic River” or more recently “The Holiday” . He was such a versatile actor but the role he not known for was his portrayal of Adolf Hitler. Born on December 7 1915 inContinue reading “Eli Wallach-Is this war?”

The opinions after the Pearl Harbor attack.

There is not much I can add to the narrative of the Pearl Harbor attack. So much haS already been written about it. But something we didn’t get to hear a lot of, was the reactions of the ordinary US citizen after the attack. Following are some recordings of interviews of a few civilians eitherContinue reading “The opinions after the Pearl Harbor attack.”

George Takei and Executive Order 9066.

I am not saying I agree with Executive Order 9066, in fact I strongly disagree with it. It was a breach of basic human rights.However it is also very easy for people nowadays to judge about things retrospectively and for people who never found themselves in the unprecedented times like WWII. Executive Order 9066 wasContinue reading “George Takei and Executive Order 9066.”

A spy in Hawaii-Takeo Yoshikawa

The one thing this is for certain in history, it always repeats itself. With all the talk about spies nowadays it is a good time to look at one of WWII spies.Takeo Yoshikawa. Because of his expertise on the U.S. Navy, Yoshikawa was sent to Hawaii under the cover of being a vice-consul named TadashiContinue reading “A spy in Hawaii-Takeo Yoshikawa”

Joe DiMaggio in WWII

” Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio, Our Nation turns its lonely eyes to you”  lyrics from Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson. When I first heard the song as a kid I had no idea who this Joe DiMaggio was. Now I know of course,he was a great baseball player but by all accounts heContinue reading “Joe DiMaggio in WWII”

The Case of the Treasonous Dolls

The facts of the case are odd. Five letters were written in early 1942 and mailed by seemingly different people in different U.S. locations to the same person at a Buenos Aires, Argentina, address. In early 1942, five letters were written and mailed by seemingly different people in different U.S. locations to the same personContinue reading “The Case of the Treasonous Dolls”

Forgotten History-Japanese Canadian internment.

Like their southern neighbors, the USA, the Canadians also put their fellow Canadians,albeit from Japanese descend, in intern camps. However it appears that history has forgotten this chapter. Unlike their Southern neighbors the Canadians kept restrictions  for their Japanese-Canadian citizens in place  for several years after the war. I am not saying that I don’tContinue reading “Forgotten History-Japanese Canadian internment.”

USS Panay incident-Act of war before the war.

A bright Sunday in December Japanese planes blazed out of the sky to strafe and bomb an American warship while it lay at anchor. You’d be forgiven to think this was the Pearl Harbor attack, but you’d be wrong. The sinking of the USS Panay is pretty much forgotten now. But it was one of theContinue reading “USS Panay incident-Act of war before the war.”

Heroes of Pearl Harbor

2,335 service men & 68 civilians killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Those two numbers,2,335 & 68, are just statistics and mean nothing without the stories behind them. For none of these casualties were just numbers. They were someone’s son,father,husband,wife, daughter and sister each of them heroes. These are just the stories of 2Continue reading “Heroes of Pearl Harbor”

The Pearl Harbor prelude

What many people forget to realize is that the Pearl Harbor attack did not just happen. The logistics of it alone would have taken months of preparation. The attack may have been sold to the Japanese population as an honorable event, but there was nothing honorable about it, there cannot be honor with deception. OnContinue reading “The Pearl Harbor prelude”