As most of you are probably aware, today is the 71st Anniversary of the Japanese attack
on Pearl Harbor, which brought the United States into World War 2. You’ve also probably heard of the USS Arizona, a battleship sunk that day, and today home to a familiar memorial.
But are you aware there is another battleship lost that day? USS Utah, BB-31, was decommissioned as a battleship following World War 1, and was converted to a naval gunnery ship, pennant number AG-16. She was sunk on December 7th, and one of her crew, Water Tender Peter Tomich, earned one of the first Medals Of Honor of World War 2 by staying at his post, shutting off the boilers to prevent explosions and clearing the boiler room of all other crewmen. He remains aboard the Utah to this very day, along with 57 of his fellow seamen.
Also, today marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 17, the last manned mission
to the moon. Four decades, since man has walked on a world other than his own, and no definite plans for any manned flights, other than a few highly speculative private-company offerings. If only we could mark this anniversary with a live broadcast from the first manned Mars mission.