Dick Steinberg has resided in the city of Brookfield for 35 years. He served 34 years as municipal judge and has been an attorney for 50 years. He enjoys tennis, golf, biking and creative writing, which includes legal issues, sports, government and people.
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On this coming Saturday, December 7, 2013, those who can will Remember Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It was December 7, 1941 when the Empire of Japan, without prior notice, launched a vicious air attack on the naval base and the hospitals and civilians early that Sunday morning. During the same period of time Japanese Ambassadors were in Washington, D.C. to negotiate a peace agreement.
On that Sunday afternoon I was at home with my parents having dinner, when on the radio famous reporter Walter Winchell described the sneak attack and the loss of lives and our naval fleet.
I was almost 9 years old but at once realized the significance of the beginning of a war that we were not prepared to retaliate. I went to bed and imagined my shooting down Japanese Zero aircraft. I was aware of the brutal massacre of Chinese and others in Asia from the trading cards(like baseball cards) which showed vivid photos of innocent people who were de-humanized by the Japanese military from the rising sun.
The very next day the German fanatic, Adolph Hitler, declared war on the USA just as we had declared war on Germany and Japan
It was an ugly day for a child such as myself with the knowledge that our homeland could be next. Adult family friends, relatives and neighbors were either volunteers for the military were sent to war by the draft.
The real statistics of our casualties and strategic military losses were kept secret and there was a outburst from Hollywood of war movies that led us to believe were winning the war.
So, on December 7th let us remember Peal Harbor as we did the Alamo.