On April 12 1945, Franklin Roosevelt died. One month later, USS Coral Sea (CVB 42) was renamed in his honor and CVB-43 was named the Coral Sea. In 1950, the USS Roosevelt (CVB 42) became the first carrier to take nuclear weapons to sea. The weapons would have been delivered by P2V Neptune bombers launched with “jet-assisted take-off” (JATO). Like the Doolittle raid, there would have been no way for the carrier to recover the Neptunes after a strike because the bombers lacked a tailhook, so they would have had to ditch or landed ashore.
Source: U.S. Naval Institute
12 April 2022 at 12:07
And Hitler would be dead in less than three weeks.
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12 April 2022 at 12:21
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12 April 2022 at 19:28
As a political conservative, I was never an admirer of Franklin D. Roosevelt until I was well into the study of Pearl Harbor and U.S. entry into WWII. Some 30 years ago I began reading books on FDR. The more I’ve studied the man, the more I’ve studied that period of U.S. and world history, and, above all, the more I’ve reflected on everything major that happened in this world of ours during the twelve years FDR was President, the more I’ve come to believe that Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the greatest President in American history. All of humanity owes a huge debt of gratitude to Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Within the past several weeks someone who I presume has read one or more articles I’ve written on Pearl Harbor asked for my opinion about Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. I didn’t reply, as I have no (informed) opinion on that matter. My brain works eighty years or more in the past. I’ve not focused on any major recent world event or even given more than passing thought to such matters. Even with counter-information in the historical record, it is vastly easier to understand what happened in the past, and, more importantly, why things happened, than it is to understand current international events.
FDR was President from March 1933 to 12 April 1945. He was elected four times as President. He died shortly into his fourth term. FDR, as President of the United States and a world leader, was more than the match for Hitler and the Axis forces.
My late wife, Leah Link McKane, was born eight years to the day after FDR died. Leah, not understanding Pearl Harbor as well as I do, refused to marry me on the 7th of December. So we got married on 9 December 2002.
Thank you, Mario, for reminding us of what 12 April is the anniversary of. As far as I’m concerned, 12 April is the anniversary of the death of the greatest President and the greatest leader (other than Christ) in the history of Planet Earth.
Andy McKane, 0927 (Hawaiian time), 12 April 2022.