What happened on Dec. 7, 1941? Find out more . . .

On the early hours of Sunday morning on Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese Commander in chief of the Combined Fleet, Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku carried out his plan of surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. It caught U.S. by surprise and there were heavy casualties. Thousands of servicemen were either killed or wounded and there were hundreds of civilian casualties. The U.S. entire fleet stationed in Hawaii was badly crippled. In a matter of two hours’ attack, all battleships were hit, four sunk and three badly damaged. Two destroyers were sunk and other ships were not operational. Hundreds of aircraft were damaged.

Minutes after the attack at Pearl Harbor, on December 8, Philippine local time, the Japanese bombers stationed in Taiwan just north of the Philippines bombed Iba airfields destroying all sixteen P-40 on the ground or about to touch down. They also did great damage to Clark air Base. Japanese bombers also wrecked havoc upon the Army Air Force at Hickham Field and Wheeler Field. Tank after tank blew up and flames could be seen as far away as Manila. When the last Japanese planes left Clark, the base was totally destroyed.

These were the scenes on both sides of the Pacific Ocean on the Day of Infamy. There are very few veterans of World War II left around. They did the ultimate sacrifice for us to have the freedom we enjoy today. Let’s pause and pray for those people who perished on that Day of Infamy and to all the men & women in the military.

To read more of what happened on Dec. 7-8, 1941, read “BAHALA NA (Come What May) – A World War II Story of Love, Faith, Courage, Determination and Survival, available at http://www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan.

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Until next time, stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda

 

Rosalinda Morgan 

Author and Garden Writer

The Iron Butterfly

BAHALA NA (Come What May)

Get your copy today at www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan.

 

DO YOU KNOW THE CAPITAL OF EACH STATE OF THE UNITED STATES?

Do you know the capital of each state of the United States? Most citizens of the United States do not know and I blame that on our education system. Kids today are not educated properly, it is pathetic.

My mother, having schooled on the American education system during the American occupation in the Philippines in the 1920s could recite the capitals at a young age. At that time, there were only 48 states. It was portrayed by Adelaide in “The Iron Butterfly”, my latest book, available at http://www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan.

Here is an excerpt from “The Iron Butterfly”:

“We are learning about Geography. I love Geography,” Adelaide said.

“That is nice. So what places are they teaching you?

“We are learning all the states of the United States.”

“Fascinating. How many are there now?” The driver decided to test her.

Without even thinking, Adelaide blurted out, “48.”

“You are good. I bet you don’t know the capital of each of them.” The driver gave her a furtive look. He was so sure Adelaide did not know them.

“I sure do. I know all of them.” Adelaide challenged him.

“All right. If you can tell me all of them before we reach your house, I’ll give you back your 5 centavos.” He was certain that any kid her age did not know all of them.

Julian nudged Adelaide. “Do it,” he told his sister.

“OK. Here they are.” Adelaide began slowly, counting with her fingers and concentrating with the task at hand.

  • Alabama – Montgomery
  • Arizona – Phoenix
  • Arkansas – Little Rock
  • California – Sacramento
  • Colorado – Denver
  • Connecticut – Hartford
  • Delaware – Dover
  • Florida – Tallahassee
  • Georgia – Atlanta
  • Idaho – Boise
  • Illinois – Springfield
  • Indiana – Indianapolis
  • Iowa – Des Moines

She paused, took a quick breath and recited in rapid succession.

  • Kansas – Topeka
  • Kentucky – Frankfort
  • Louisiana – Baton Rouge
  • Maine – Augusta
  • Maryland – Annapolis
  • Massachusetts – Boston
  • Michigan – Lansing
  • Minnesota – St. Paul
  • Mississippi – Jackson
  • Missouri – Jefferson City
  • Montana – Helena
  • Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Nevada – Carson City
  • New Hampshire – Concord
  • New Jersey – Trenton
  • New Mexico – Santa Fe
  • New York – Albany

She stopped, took another quick breath, looked at her two brothers who smiled at her. “Keep going,” Cayetano said.

“Where was I?” she asked.

“30 – New York,” Julian said.

She raised her fingers, closed her eyes for a second to think and then continued counting and reciting the rest.

  • North Carolina – Raleigh
  • North Dakota – Bismarck
  • Ohio – Columbus
  • Oklahoma – Oklahoma City
  • Oregon – Salem
  • Pennsylvania – Harrisburg
  • Rhode Island – Providence
  • South Carolina – Columbia
  • South Dakota – Pierre
  • Tennessee – Nashville
  • Texas – Austin
  • Utah – Salt Lake City
  • Vermont – Montpelier
  • Virginia – Richmond
  • Washington – Olympia
  • West Virginia – Charleston
  • Wisconsin – Madison
  • Wyoming – Cheyenne

“Whew! That was excellent. I’m impressed. You got me,” the driver said. Adelaide, breathless for reciting all 48 states, smiled contentedly. The driver handed her back the 5 centavos.

“Thank You,” Adelaide said. Cayetano and Julian clapped their hands.

Author’s Note: Alaska with Juneau as its capital was officially added on Jan. 3, 1959 and Hawaii with Honolulu as its capital on Aug. 20, 1959.

Kindle Countdown Deals for “BAHALA NA (COME WHAT MAY)”

In remembrance of Pearl Harbor, I’m offering a Kindle Countdown Deals for “BAHALA NA (COME WHAT MAY)” – a gripping tale of WWII based on actual events that happened in the Philippines. At the same time Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, they were also bombing the Philippines. “BAHALA NA (Come What May) is based on my father’s life during WWII. “Bahala na” “Leave it to God” is a Filipino motto that sustains the Filipinos in times of trouble.

Here is your chance to know about the other “Pearl Harbor” on the other side of the world. Kindle Countdown Deals are set to begin on Dec. 7, 2014, Pearl Harbor Day, at 8:00 AM PST at http://www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan.

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Kindle Countdown Deal on “BAHALA NA (Come What May)” starts on Aug. 15, 2014

On August 15, 1945, the Japanese Emperor Hirohito accepted the demands of the Allies and for the first time the emperor himself went on the radio and announced to his people that the war was over. In honor of its 69th anniversary, I’m offering Kindle Countdown Deal for “BAHALA NA (COME WHAT MAY)“ and is set to begin on August 15, 2014 at 8:00:00 AM PST at http://www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan.

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Learn about a young man’s obsession to meet the love of his life and his struggle after WWII starts and his life during the war. Gain insight about the Philippines and the Filipino people and how their faith helps them in their struggle through life. “Bahala Na”, “Leave it to God” is one dictum they cling to when they are in trouble.

Rosalinda Morgan, author, “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”

KINDLE COUNTDOWN DEALS FOR “BAHALA NA (COME WHAT MAY”

Kindle Countdown Deals for BAHALA NA (COME WHAT MAY) is set to begin on May 26, 2014 at 8:00:00 AM PST.

You can buy your Kindle copy of my book, “Bahala Na (Come What May)” at a discount price of $.99 on Monday, May 26, 2014. The best deal!

The price goes up to $1.99 on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, the price will be $2.99.

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On Friday, May 30, 2014, the price goes back to the regular price of $4.99.

So take advantage of the discounted price at www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan.

Learn about a young man’s obsession to meet the love of his life and his effort to stay alive after WWII starts. Gain insight about the Philippines and the Filipino people and how their faith helps them in their struggle through life. “Bahala Na”, “Leave it to God” is one dictum they cling to when they are in trouble.

Rosalinda Morgan, author, “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”.

THE FALL OF BATAAN

Just as Dec. 7 will be remembered as Day of Infamy, April 9 will be remembered as the The Fall of Bataan.

The American and Filipino forces fought the Japanese valiantly on Bataan for three months after the war started. Then Pres. Roosevelt ordered MacArthur off the Philippines. MacArthur reluctantly obliged, prompting him to make his famous promise of “I shall return”.

By the end of March, 1942, the plight of the defenders had become desperate. Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright notified Washington that the meager food supplies would be exhausted completely by April 15. By early April, the weak, hungry, demoralized American and Filipino troops had no fight left. By one source, 75 percent had malaria, while all suffered from malnutrition, all horses and water buffalo having been consumed. Seeing the terrible state of his troops, on April 8, Maj. Gen. Edward P. King, commander of Bataan forces, made the anguished decision to surrender. As he rode forward to meet Gen. Homma on April 9, he remembered that Gen. Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox on the same day. In contrast to the outcome of each battles, Gen. Lee’s army was defeated during the Civil War while Japan was defeated during WWII.

On April 9, 76,000 men squeezed onto the tip of Bataan peninsula officially surrendered to the Japanese. They were without food or ammunition, and malaria and dysentery were widespread. They were forced to begin marching up the peninsula which survivors later aptly named the notorious “Bataan Death March”. Many more than a thousand deaths awaited the surrendering forces as the Japanese marched them off to a prison camp. The four-day, sixty-three-mile march in ninety-five degree weather would not have been difficult for well-nourished soldiers; but for malaria-ridden, ill-fed troops, the march was brutal. The Japanese killed many prisoners who were unable to move forward. It has been estimated that upwards of 10,000 died along the way from exhaustion or atrocious brutality imposed by their Japanese captors. The suffering survivors were herded into boxcars in San Fernando in the province of Pampanga and taken to an internment camp at Capas in the province of Tarlac. Upon reaching the prison camp, untold more thousands perished for lack of food, water and medical supplies.

By Rosalinda Morgan, author “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”.

BOOK GIVEAWAYS HAVE ENDED

The giveaways for signed copies of my book, “BAHALA NA, (Come What May): A World War II Story of Love, Faith, Courage, Determination and Survival” have ended. 431 entered to win. Goodreads has selected three winners, one from each of these towns:

Boise, ID

Weymouth, MA

Baker City, OR

The winners will receive their books in a few days. If you did not win, “BAHALA NA, (Come What May): A World War II Story of Love, Faith, Courage, Determination and Survival” is available at www.amazon.com.

Learn about a young man’s obsession to meet the girl of his dream. Read about his struggle to find his way home from a faraway place after WWII starts and transportation ceases to exist. Gain insight about the Philippines, the Filipino people and how their faith helps them through life and in their fight for survival during the war. “Bahala Na”, “Leave it to God” is one dictum they cling to when they are in trouble. It is a true story that reads like historical fiction.

Rosalinda Morgan, author, “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”.

Book Giveaways at Goodreads

I’m giving away three signed copies of my book, “BAHALA NA, (Come What May): A World War II Story of Love, Faith, Courage, Determination and Survival to Goodreads members in the United States.  It is scheduled to open for entries at midnight on Friday, March 7 and end at midnight on Monday, April 7. Enter to win at www.goodreads.com.

Learn about a young man’s obsession to meet the girl of his dream. Read about his struggle to find his way home from a faraway place after WWII starts and transportation ceases to exist. Gain insight about the Philippines, the Filipino people and how their faith helps them through life and in their fight for survival during the war. “Bahala Na”, “Leave it to God” is one dictum they cling to when they are in trouble.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/84699-bahala-na-come-what-may-a-world-war-ii-story-of-love-faith-courage

 

Rosalinda Morgan, author, “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”.

“BAHALA NA (Come What May)” – Kindle Countdown Deals

Kindle Countdown Deals for BAHALA NA (COME WHAT MAY) is set to begin on January 27, 2014 at 8:00:00 AM PST.

You can buy your Kindle copy of my book, “Bahala Na (Come What May)” at a discount price of $.99 on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. The best deal!

The price goes up to $1.99 on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, the price will be $2.99.

On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, the price goes up to $3.99, still a dollar off the regular price.

On Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, the price goes back to the regular price of $4.99.

So take advantage of the discounted price at www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan.

Learn about a young man’s obsession to meet the love of his life and his struggle after WWII starts and his life during the war. Gain insight about the Philippines and the Filipino people and how their faith helps them in their struggle through life. “Bahala Na”, “Leave it to God” is one dictum they cling to when they are in trouble.

Rosalinda Morgan, author, “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”.

BATTLE OF LEYTE GULF AND THE KAMIKAZE

After landing in Leyte on Oct. 20, 1944, General Douglas MacArthur’s troops started the drive to retake the Philippine Islands. When Gen. MacArthur returned, the guerillas were in good number. Some Filipinos went underground and joined the guerilla movement. Some joined the American troops.

A few days after the landing, one of the greatest naval battles in history began on October 23, 1944 when 64 Japanese warships engaged 216 American warships in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Fighting took place simultaneously in three areas: off Cape Engaño, off Samar, and in the Surigao Strait (south of Samar). This three-day battle, Oct. 23-25, 1944 marked the last use of battle-line formation, in which giant battleships faced and fired on each other at point-blank range.

The first and coordinated kamikaze suicide units were used by the Japanese forces on Oct. 25, 1944. Out of desperation, the Japanese pilots employed kamikaze tactics – the suicidal method of dive-bombing their enemies at the Battle at Leyte Gulf. Hoping to win the war in their favor, the Japanese planned to blow away the Allied Forces by loading planes with bombs and extra gasoline. The kamikaze planes were flown deliberately to crash into their targets. Inspite of the kamikaze tactics, the Japanese fleet was decimated at the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

Kamikaze means “divine wind”. The word was used for the new Japanese suicide pilots of World War II. It recalled the legend of Ise, the wind god who had saved Japan from an enemy invasion in ancient times. This legend was based on an event that happened on Aug. 14 and 15, 1281 when Japan was saved by a famous typhoon that blew away a Sino-Mongol invasion of 3,500 ships with more than 100,000 warriors under the command of the great Kublai Khan of China to invade Japan.