Shock and Awe Times 2

Today is the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and as I watched all the ceremonies Tom Brokaw made a comment about the 9/11 generation.  I thought about that for a moment and then I realized there are many people whose lives were affected by WWII that are still alive.  The horrendous attack on Pearl Harbor played a big part in their lives and the shock and awe of it all had to be front and center in their minds on 9/11/2001.

I quickly Googled Pearl Harbor and realized immediately there are similarities between the two times our country was attacked in their life times.

  • The Japanese attacked the United States without warning.
  • The attack lasted 110 minutes, from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.
  • A total of 2,335 U.S. servicemen were killed and 1,143 were wounded. Sixty-eight civilians were also killed and 35 were wounded.
  • The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II.
Add on to this all the things we have now to get the word out that wasn’t invented yet in 1941.  I cannot imagine what it was like to rely on radio and newspapers.
It baffles me.
I was in pharmaceutical sales when 9/11 happened.  We were given the rest of the week off.  I was dealing with my own personal shock as I had been flying back and forth to Newark for meetings and I always flew home on United Airlines and that flight always departed for Chicago at 7AM.  I always wondered if the hijackers were ever on one of my flights when they made their practice runs.
I cannot imagine having to sit by a radio all day waiting for news, because I watched Peter Jennings every waking moment.  When I did return to work I always had CBS news on my radio as I drove, it was terrifying to me to not know what was happening in this world and in our country.

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