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07 December 2008

December 7, 1941: A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

Sixty-seven years ago today, a surprise attack by the Japanese was launched on the United States military bases in Pearl Harbor. In total, there were more than 2,300 military casualties that Sunday December morning in Hawaii.

Today's Macon Telegraph profiles four survivors of that fateful day; Fred Johnson and Lamar Taylor, who both served in the Navy, and Bill Hill and George Lininger who served in the Army.

These four men are among just forty-two survivors of the Pearl Harbor attacks here in Georgia who serve as a constant reminder that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

There was a false sense of security on that fateful December morning, [Fred Johnson] reminded. "We thought everything was hunky-dory. The sun was shining," Johnson said. "But none of that was true.”We thought everything was hunky-dory. The sun was shining,” Johnson said. "But none of that was true." [Source: Macon Telegraph, "Attack survivors more focused on present than past", December 7, 2008]

While we continue to take the time to remember the people who perished on this day, we must also remember the lessons of December 7, 1941.

The main lesson being that, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance and we must remain ever watchful so that another Pearl Harbor will never happen again.