By Art Dlugach
On this Day of Prayer, the Day the Bible says, “God rested,” Americans did not have time to pray, and the Japanese did not rest.
It was tragic beyond comprehension. It was a horrific shock. The U.S.S. Arizona, Oklahoma, California, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Tennessee: names of these states and others were on ships and lined up on an island that would become—but was not yet—a state, itself. The Washington Post writes close to 1200 men were on the Arizona, when the Japanese sunk the most ill-fated ship when the U.S. was not even at war.
“No fear,” Arnold Schwichtenberg said here at the National Museum of the Pacific War. “Whenever it happens, you’re doing the best you’re supposed to do.” No mistakes tolerated.
Mr. Schwichtenberg of Barefoot Bay, Florida, is an energetic man—95-years-old.