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Mad Dash for Conquest

2-2-19 I am tremendously over-simplifying all this: Commodore Perry arm-twisted Japan into signing it’s first-ever treaty (trade agreement) with any country in 1854.  The rest of the 19th century was a mad-dash of western expansion into the East.  Everyone wanted … Continue reading

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Japan Meets the U.S. Navy – Round 1

1-27-19 On July 8, 1853, a group of four American warships under the command of Commodore Matthew Perry (brother of the War of 1812 hero Oliver H. Perry), steamed into Edo (Tokyo) Harbor.  Perry had a letter signed by President … Continue reading

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Japan attacks Pearl Harbor – Why?

1-19-19 As I have said before, history is a l-o-n-g,  s-l-o-w  b-u-r-n.  I’m quite certain that when news broke out on that Sunday morning in December, most Americans were shocked and stunned.  The news was presented as “a sneak attack,” … Continue reading

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South China Sea

1-12-19 After the devastating Typhoon Cobra shredded the Task Force in late December, the ships hunkered down in Ulithi.  On December 30, the ships left Ulithi to dust up Formosa again.  Their immediate path led them to enter the South … Continue reading

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1957 Reunion

1-10-19 Diane Balsam, daughter of Joe Pulaski, mailed this to me.  It’s the Boston’s 1957 reunion, held in the Hotel Bradford in Boston.  The ship had been reclassified a guided-missile cruiser on Jan 4, 1952, and recommissioned on Nov 1, … Continue reading

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