Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Day of Infamy. Day of Fame (kinda).

Today we commemorate the thousands of American soldiers, sailors and airmen who died in the horror story we call "Pearl Harbor," when the Japanese naval air arm attacked us at 8:30 on a Sunday morning and blew our Pacific Fleet--excepting its carriers--out of the water.

We remember and honor them, and those that served and died in the war that followed.

But this post is not about them, not directly anyway.

This is about someone in Monterey, California, who is *most impressively* dedicated to their memory.

His name on Free Republic ( is "Homer_J_Simpson" (the underlines are essential). Yes, THAT FreeRepublic, home of Serbian fascists, petulant Paulians, anti-Islamic paranoids, and all manner of right wing crazies.

And yes, Homer_J_Simpson, the same as the cartoon character. But not Homer Simpson.

This individual, since September 2009 or perhaps longer, has systematicaly copied from microfiche the New York Times front page and essential war coverage of every day's news from September 1, 1939 onward, once a day, so that it is possible to get a feel of the Second World War, day-by-day.

The news of December 6, 1941 can be read here. It's not merely the front pages, but also many dates contain references from standard works of the era to the events of each day, 70 years ago.

It makes for excellent reading.

It is an awesome effort, obviously by someone with a lot of time on their hands--perhaps a retiree? If so, I hope him health and long life and look forward to seeing his work all the way to the end, September 1, 1945.

Go to FreeRepublic and do a search on "Homer_J_Simpson." The posts will be listed in reverse chronological order. You won't regret it.

In any case. I salute you, "Homer J. Simpson." Whoever you are. Thank you.

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