66 years ago today. Those 18 and 19 and 20 year-old brand new sailors and marines, assigned to USS Arizona and USS Oklahoma and other ships and units in the Pearl Harbor-based Pacific Fleet, are in their mid 80s now. Were losing them faster than ever before, estimated at over 1500 per day. They are a big part of our history - heck, they are one of THE reasons for our history. Leaving the farms and colleges and universities and jobs and the high schools (and in some cases, younger than that) - to go fight for a freedom that was in serious question and peril.If you can, find a WW2 vet and thank them. Do it today. You may not have the opportunity tomorrow.Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Nov. 3, 2001) -- USS Nimitz (CVN 68) passes by the Arizona Memorial as Sailors spell out "FREEDOM" and man the rails of the ship as the ship pulls into Pearl Harbor for a liberty visit. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Shawn Patrick Eklund. (RELEASED)--Pinch Paisley
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