Attendants At Arizona
Rites Hear Of U.S. Might|
By CHARLES TURNER
Texas Congressman Olin E. Teague said at Pearl Harbor yesterday that
the world has become a neighborhood before it has acquired the wisdom to
become a brotherhood.
Teague told 200 persons who attended the dedication of the $500,000 U.S.S.
Arizona Memorial that "modern methods of transportation and modern
weapons have forced on us a togetherness before we were socially, politically,
economically or morally mature enough to handle it.
"And yet - after 21 years - we should have reached that degree of maturity.
We must reach it if we are to survive."
TEAGUE SPOKE from a lectern inside the glistening white monument.
In a shrine at the Ford Island side in the memorial structure is a huge
marble plaque inscribed with the names of the 1,102 men aboard the Arizona
who died on Dec. 7, 1941.
Teauge's audience included military and high civic dignitaries, and relatives
of the dead, There were floral tributes to the men of the Arizona - red
roses, anthuriums, orchids. One was inscribed "Beloved Son, Clyde."
Another, "Mother and Father."
TEAGUE,CHAIRMAN of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and a decorated
World War II serviceman, said that the U.S. has the nuclear capability to
"destroy half the population, and three quarters of the industrial
potential of Soviet Russia within 24 hours.
He said too many people have become hysterical because of the Communist
"We find, on the one hand, a hard core of frustrated super-patriots
- so called - who have apparently lost faith in the democratic process that
have made this country great" Teague said.
"THESE ARE the extremists who have made themselves self-appointed
guardians of our liberty, wholesale dealers in slander and abuse, who use
epithets in the place of reasoned argument, who would make democracy safe
by suppressing it and stifling it.
"those who blandly say we risk enslavement before we should risk annihilation
apparently consider freedom as something which we posses by ourselves, free
of all encumbrances, with no strings attached.
"This is simply not true. We do not own our freedom. We hold it in
trust for those who will come after us."
From superstructure of Arizonia, marine honor squad fires salute
TEAGUE SAID a small but vocal minority whose numbers were "inconsequential,"
was stealing the scene from the majority of "sensible, disciplined
Teague warned that American could lose its freedom unless it awakened to
the dangers within and without its borders.
"We accept the fact that we are today engaged in a war," he said.
"It is not as yet a nuclear war, and we hope and pray that it will
never come to that.
"But, despite the dire prophecies of the defeatists, we are far better
prepared to fight such a war than is our adversary.
"WE KNOW the insanity that lies in all-out nuclear warfare,
but we must not be terrified by the prospect."
He then told the guests attending the dedication that the U.S. had the nuclear
capability to knock out most of Russia within 24 hours.
"This is a distressing thought - painful thought if one believes, as
I do, in the essential brotherhood of man, but is far more consoling than
the quite inaccurate idea that we could not compete with word communism
in a nuclear war."
THERE WAS NO applause after Teauge's speech, in respect for the solemnity
of the occasion and in deference to the grieving Gold Star Mothers and others
who came to honor the 1,176 men who lost their lives on the USS Arizona
Dec. 7, 1941.
Many of the women, and some of the men, shed tears as they read the names
of the dead, engraved on the marble Plaque.
THE SENOIR OFFICER-survivor of the Pearl Harbor bombing of the USS
Arizona, Rear Adm. (ret.) Samuel Fuqua, flew here from St. Petersburg, Fl.,
where he is a political science teacher in a junior collage. He said he
was "most pleased" with the gleaming white memorial.
Mr. And Mrs. Jacob Bright of Kaneohe, who make pilgrimages twice a year
to the UAA Arizona, also praised the new memorial.
Mrs. Bright's nephew, Walter Scott Roberts, Jr., is one of the men still
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