Wednesday, December 7, 2022

A Day That Will Live in Infamy

 I posted much of this before. You may have missed it, so here it is.

The following is excerpted from a letter I transcribed for my friend Nate Weiser to a high school class that had asked him to relate his Pearl Harbor experience on Dec 7th, 1941.

Nate had a degree in education with a sports career and had worked his way through college in the depression.

His military career was somewhat unique in that he was both at Pearl and Normandy.

His commander at Pearl had given him permission to forgo mess duties as he pursued radio courses at the local college in Honolulu.

The mess sergeant saw Nate as a slacker for that. When the dishes rattled in the following story, he came out roaring at Nate for dropping them.

Nate and his two friends had been on a date the night before with some nurses.

He was stationed at Pearl in the Army Air Force and he was in radio.



My two friends and I were going to visit a friend later in the day who was in the Navy, and in Pearl Harbor for a short stay. We were in the Mess Hall around 7:50am Sunday morning. We were waiting in line for our Super Sunday Breakfast before we would go to see our friend when around 8:00am, give or take a few minutes, we heard a large noise that shook the building, and all the stacks of dishes that were on the table fell to the floor. The Mess Sergeant came out and was cussing everyone out. Right then, the second bomb fell and the table plus the food went crashing to the floor. I ran to the door and saw the Japanese Insignia on the aircraft and said to Don and Merrill, "Why are the Japanese planes here? This could be war!"

The planes were strafing all over the area. We were going to hide under the warehouse building next to the Mess Hall, but "Indian Joe", a WW1 veteran told us to get going and try to go to the Residential Area, and go in between the buildings so we wouldn't get hit. We saw the Number 1 hangar on the runway in flames. Half of it was full of ammunition (rumor had it that we were going to Wake Island in a very short time). They hit that hangar first, they knew what was in it. The planes on the ramp were tail to tail, all they did was strafe down the line and get two planes at a time. The reason they were tail to tail was so every Saturday morning the post could march in front of the commander before we had the weekend free. It was a miserable sight to see with us running for our lives. The planes flew so low that you could see some of the pilots red scarves and goggles. That sight I will never forget.

We finally got to the Residential Area and I went into one of the homes near Schofield Barracks. A sergeant lived there and had a couple of children. He told us to stay for a while and then go back to our base for instructions. It was thought that the Japanese might land and try to take the island over. The sergeant would get his company and go up into the mountains, and if the Japanese did invade, he told his wife what to do. We went back to the barracks, and each one of us got a .45 and a belt full of ammo. The second wave of planes was not as great as the first, but that evening it started to rain. The captain called us in his portable quarters and gave us a box about 8' long, 6" wide and 4 or 5" high. He told us that in case of emergency, this would be our only communications between our squadron and Honolulu, so guard it with all our might. It was a transmitter and receiver, all in one! We were to be sure to let him know where we were at all times. We decided to head toward the mountain, but not too far from the runway, near the captain, and hid in case of invasion, but where the planes would not strafe us. Little did we realize that the water off the mountain (it being a very rainy night) would fill our foxhole. We had a very uncomfortable couple of nights. We were very happy to learn after a couple of days that there would be no invasion by the Japanese. All islands were in blackout nights from here on in. By 1943 I was a Staff Sergeant and I and two other Sgts were sent back to the States to go to OCS. (Nate was to be an officer but declined. Also, his two friends died in the attack). After one and a half months, I asked to be sent back to the Air Force.

I was then assigned to Jefferson Barracks in St.. Louis. From there I was assigned to Richmond, Va with the 365th Fighter Bomber Group, 386th Squadron . I was a Tech Sgt and communication chief for P-47 Thunderbolts in the 9th Air Force. We got an all expenses paid tour of Europe.


Nate got the Bronze Star in Europe. it was an award for an idea he had for aircraft radio that allowed them to turn around and get back in the fight quicker in the event of radio failure.

His friends from the night before didn't make it through Dec 7th.


Nate with our son Scott.
Nate's the one on the left.

Nate passed shortly before his 99th birthday Dec 5th, 2016.

In case you don't know, I'm proud to say he was my friend.


Sunday, December 4, 2022

Thomas More Report

I spoke to the top guy at Thomas More Law Center, Richard Thompson.

https://www.thomasmore.org/president-chief-counsel/

Great conversation!

We talked primarily about their wins regarding Free Speech (that being in the news so much lately and all).

They recently won a case against Kamala Harris that precludes 501C3's from having to disclose donor lists. Yuuuge!

And "More" recently they forced a lib high school in the People's Republic of Ann Arbor to let a conservative student make a statement on the school public address system countering the lefty statements other students were making daily.

Then I played an amazing audio clip from Tucker Carlson talking to James Woods regarding free speech and the defense of it, and we talked about that. 

If you missed that Tucker Carlson episode, you should at least listen to the clip.

Your American Heritage 12 3 2022

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Another Review of the MidTerms

 You haven't had enough opinion delivered on the Mid Term Fiasco?
Here's more!

Your American Heritage 11 27 2022

Scott Powell Author of  Why the Red Tsunami Turned into a Ripple joins me again to discuss exactly that.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

A Thanksgiving Story

I had a conversation with Scott Powell, the author of Rediscovering America.
It's a series of chapters, each based on a national holiday.


I highly recommend this book.

Scott and I talked about Thanksgiving. I think you'll like it.

Your American Heritage 

Scott also has an article in the Federalist that was the basis for our conversation.

Might be something to read to the family Thursday.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

A Conversation with Dr Jeff Barke

 I spoke with Dr.Jeff Barke talk about the upcoming law in California forbidding doctors to counter the official narrative concerning Covid treatment and the lawsuit opposing it.

A real warrior on the front lines, not a euniched  servant of the state.

You can listen here.

or here:



I mentioned the Moment of Clarity Broadcast I hosted before Your American Heritage.
You can listen here:

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

You Maniacs! You Blew it up!


You Maniacs! You Blew it up! 

The Problem

 America doesn't need more Republican voters.

It needs more godly citizens.

Moral compass.

Not killing babies or grooming kids.

Spending money we don't have on people we shouldn't.

Doesn't seem to be enough opposition to that.