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Today, December 7th, 1941....

Dandy Dave

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...Is a day that will live in infamy.... FDR said we are in it, and in it to win! The Automobile manufacturers were a big part of the gearing up for war.

How about that Hell Cat Tank Buick Built. :D Dandy Dave!

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My dad was a Pearl Harbor survivor....USS Oklahoma.  Ended up serving 30 years in the Navy (1936-1966)...3 tours WWII (Pacific, Atlantic, then back to Pacific), and 2 tours Korean conflict, also DI (drill instructor).  Retired Chief Gunners Mate.


My brother served Army Corp of Engineers, Spec5 Heavy Equipment Operator, 2 tours Vietnam, 1970-1973.


Thankful and very proud of their service.

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The Pratt & Whitney R-1830 1,200 hp radial aircraft engine.  Buick made close to 74,198 of them in the government owned plant in Melrose Park, IL, west of Chicago.Out the total 173,618 R-1830s that were built during the war,  This was 43% of the total.  The engines built by Buick were used exclusively on the 18,190 Consolidated B-24s that were built in five plants by four aircraft manufacturers during the war.  With four engines per aircraft, Buick built enough to cover all the B-24's with 1,438 left over for spares. 

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Continued from above, the '42 prestige brochure featured art depicting typical Americana.

Only the Roadmaster's illustrations hinted at the country's looming wartime footings.  








Here's just one reminder why we can't always rely on brochures for provenance.

Note the squared window reveals (shared with the Model 51's illustrations),

a feature that never made it to production, but was obviously being considered.

It's even evident in the red Roadmaster sedan with the seaplane.

Too bad, 'cause it changes the look of the whole greenhouse.





Lamentably, the beautiful engine-turned dash and interior woodgraining wouldn't return after the war.

This is the ex-Earl Beauchamp, ex-Lewis Jenkins '42 Super. As Lewis was a B-17 pilot at war's end 

(and Earl did his bit to serve the country, just a bit later), it seems appropriate to display it here as we

observe the 74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.


By the way, the dramatic 2-pager above with the spotlighted '42 Roadmaster Convertible...

it was Lewis' favorite Buick ad of all time.  B)


Remembering all who served.



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Interesting article here on the details of what happened aboard some of the ships that got hit, and what the government is doing to try to I.D. the remains of the dead after all these years. Has nothing to do with Buicks, but I found it very interesting reading.


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There are quite a few articles on the web about this 75th anniversary.  One said that there are quite a few survivors, now in their 90's, who have marked this 75th reunion as the last thing on their bucket list.  Just makes you wonder how many might not be with us at this time next year.  If you've yet to read it, be sure that you put Tom Brokaw's book "The Greatest Generation" on your reading bucket list. Especially if you work with the generation of Americans who are now in middle school and high school.  Today's curriculum has almost erased these heroes and their sacrifices from the history books.  


Do what you can to keep their deeds and the memories of these deeds alive.



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As a few of you know, my dad was a Pearl Harbor survivor.  He enlisted in the Navy at age 19 in 1936.  He retired from the Navy in 1966 as a Sr. Chief Gunners Mate.  He was assigned to and on board the battleship Oklahoma on Dec 7, 1941 as a Gunners Mate 2nd class.  Being a KS farm boy, he had a habit of rising at the crack of dawn each morning...saved his life as he was up on deck at the time of the attack.  After the 2nd torpedo hit and the ship was capsizing, he was thrown overboard.  He was lucky enough to be picked up out of the oily salt water by a another ship's motor launch.


Dad served 3 tours in WWII (2 Pacific, 1 Atlantic), 2 tours in Korea, and also as a DI at the now defunct San Diego Training Center.    

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