U.S. Pacific Command, bullet holes in the wall remnants of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
“Arizona” Battleship Memorial (below white building) and “Missouri” battleship memorial.
the vast Pacific Ocean, vast collections of floating down the Pearl, was undoubtedly one of the most dazzling beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. The size of the 142 islands of the archipelago beautiful scenery, beautiful beaches, is a paradise for tourists, but also an important U.S. military bases. U.S. military’s largest and oldest of the Combined Forces Command – Pacific Command, Pearl Harbor, Oahu located just 5.8 km east, Halawa Heights Smith Marine Corps barracks.
U.S. Pacific Command was established in January 1, 1947. In October 1957, its authority from the Pearl Harbor headquarters near La Marca Smith moved to barracks. Pacific Command’s area of ??large, in the headquarters of the army in the world unique. According to information released under the Pacific Command, about 32.5 million military and civilian personnel, the area east from the west coast of America, west to east coast of Africa, north to the Arctic, south to Antarctica, the range of about 272 million square kilometers, including 36 countries and region, other than the U.S. District 5 headquarters of World War II – European Command, Northern Command, Southern Command, Central Command, Africa Command, an area of ??combined large.
However, for the first time during a visit to Smith’s Marine barracks, the Pacific Command’s office building made me surprise. It is only a three-story yellow brick building, the outer walls still remnants of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, many bullet holes left behind. If not that, it is difficult not to mention any of the style of this house and the headquarters of the largest U.S. military link. However, into the heavily guarded house, I found that this is a city full of modern high-tech command and control center, all departments and work areas are connected to the network, and the use of advanced information processing technology, the building is also equipped with shock system, fire alarm system, independent power supply systems and facilities against terrorist attacks.
served as military attache United States for four years, I repeatedly visited the Pacific Command, although each is responsible for briefing the different U.S. military officers, describes the contents change, but change is always U.S. military headquarters in the introduction to the Pacific show a sense of pride. In recent years, the United States and Asia-Pacific economic and trade relations are increasingly important in order to maintain the status and interests of the United States, Pacific is playing an increasingly important role.
and naval port in general is different from Pearl Harbor, in addition to the neatly parked warships, soldiers busy, there are two memorials, one is “Arizona” Battleship Memorial, the other is the “Missouri” battleship Memorial Hall.
1941 年 12 月 7, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, moored in the harbor, “Arizona” battleship was hit by Japanese aircraft launch bombs, detonated the ship’s ammunition depot, a few minutes they sank into the sea, the ship’s 1177 officers and men all martyrs, their remains sank with the ship in the water. To commemorate the war dead, descendants of education, the U.S. government, “Arizona” battleship built a memorial on the hull, which was engraved the names of soldiers killed in 1177 for people to pay tribute. Memorial board looked to the water, sleeping in the sea, “Arizona” was clearly visible, rusting hull silently to the people about the brutality of the scene half a century ago. Once the visit, I saw the “Arizona” sign that came a blossoming oil slick, the side of the U.S. Navy officer with a heavy heart I said: It is Memorial out of tears.
in the “Arizona” Battleship Memorial not far away, parked the “Missouri” battleship, commissioned in June 1944 aboard the warship took part in the Iwo Jima and combat attacks on the Japanese mainland. September 2, 1945, the Allies accepted Japan’s unconditional surrender on behalf of the signing ceremony, also in the “Missouri” was held on. Then signed with the four sites display some obscure writing paper – a copy of Japan’s unconditional surrender. One representative of China as the victors, Xu YC general name impressively. Beginning in 1999, “Missouri” was changed to Memorial Hall, has been moored in Pearl Harbor within the “Arizona” was together, the Pacific war began and the end of testimony.
one Battleship Memorial, oil slick piece of history to remind people of reflection; a memorial ship is surrender, mighty proud of the steel showing the winner. The U.S. government put together these two memorials, is perhaps the officers and men in education, U.S. history never forget the shame and glory had been to foster patriotism and national contemporary national spirit.
former Pacific commander Admiral Prueher once said to me one sentence: “The United States is a young country, only 200 years of history, Americans are very forgetful, so people need to be patriotic Education. “for any country, Prueher of this sentence does not also do with some inspiration? (Chinese original in the United States military attache Gongxian Fu)