Union and West End Cemetery

The Union and West End Cemetery is located in center city Allentown. The main entrance is on 10th Street at 10th and Chew Streets. The cemetery is mantained by a dedicated group of volunteers. Ten board members (also volunteers) serve the cemetery association and manage the finances, make application for grants, solicit donations and participate in the maintenance of the cemetery.

Thursday, December 07, 2006


Pearl Harbor

"Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy..."

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941.

"...The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu."

"...No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory."

"...With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph -- so help us God."

Remember Pearl Harbor!

December 7, 1941

Great old photo of the attack! Any idea what ship this is? The reason I ask is, my dad fought at Pearl and his ship (the New Orleans) was position under a repair crane, which protected it from the bombers overhead. This photo shows some cranes.

My dad died in 1999 and his ashes are scattered throughout Lehigh County, mostly in Egypt, his hometown.
My sympathies to you on the loss of your dad. The graphic that you reference is a poster depicting the USS West Virginia sitting in 40 feet of water, having been sunk by repeated torpedo hits. The black smoke is billowing from the West Virginia almost obscuring the Battle Ship, USS Tennessee (left) which was at berth immediately behind the West Virginia. Both ships were at berth on the northwest side of Ford Island Naval Air Station along with seven other ships, including the USS Arizona. The Tennessee was only slightly damaged. The West Virginia was raised and repaired.
The USS New Orleans, was a Cruiser, and at the time of the attack, was moored in the Naval Yard at Honolulu. It was only slightly damaged.
The original photograph from which the posted was made can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

USS West Virginia
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