“Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Jack Pimm is what an American patriot looks like

Jack Pimm in Germany in 1945.

Jack Pimm was in his first year at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, when FDR made this famous speech. I had the privilege to talk to Jack and learned a great deal not only about our entrance into World War II, but just as importantly, his recollections of that time.

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T-Bird

Great story Mark. I applaud you for leaving politics out of a wonderful story that I imagine played out millions of times since WWII. Not only is Jack Pimm a true patriot, he is a true American hero - fight for our freedom from tyranny, come home and have a family, and work hard for them and the welfare of society as a whole. These men and women are owed our utmost gratitude for their sacrifices and deeds. They are all true American heroes in my eyes. It is a debt we can never repay. We are losing many of them everyday as the "Greatest Generation" fades to black. When the last one is gone, there will be no firsthand accounts of their experiences left. Thanks for the wonderful story.

Rottweiler

This is really a great piece.

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