6 December 2014
This weekend in commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day, Fort Rosecrans and Cabrillo NP have a presentation with a Lady Liberty Vintage Car Show, Flyover air raid re-enactment and vehicles from WW II. The event was titled "Fort Rosecrans Goes to War".
Ladies were dressed in period outfits including seamed stockings. Cars were of the 30's and 40's period and beautifully restored.
Facts about the average cost of living in 1941, which is also the year of my birth:
Income per year......$1900
Minimum wage............30 cents
New Car............. $850
Gallon of Gas....... 12 cents
Dozen Eggs.......... 20 cents
Gallon of Milk...... 34 cents
Loaf of Bread,,,,,,, 08 cents
First Class Stamp......03 cents
Movie Ticket.......... 24 cents
It was in 1941 that the enigma code was broken, Churchill launched the "V" for victory campaign,a bill designating the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving,Roosevelt inaugurated for 3rd term and signs the GI Bill and never to be forgotten 7 December 1941 when a swarm of Japanese planes descended at 7:55AM and destroyed much of the Pacific fleet including five battleships, three destroyers,and seven other ships sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft destroyed. 2,400 Americans killed and 1,200 wounded. Fortunately for the United States, all three Pacific fleet carriers were out at sea on training maneuvers. In six months they were to get their revenge on Japan at the battle of Midway. The only descending vote in Congress in approving going to war was from Montana Representative Jeannette Rankin who was a devout Pacifist. The war cost more than 400,000 American lives. May we never forget.
One interesting fact is that at 7:02AM a group of planes was spotted by two radar operators, but with a flight of B-17's expected from the US, they were told to sound no alarm.