Pearl Harbor – We Should Never Forget

Managing Real Estate Broker with eXp Realty RB-19250

Arizona-MissouriThe first Picture shows the beginning and end of WWII.  The Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri.

The letter below is from my brother Russ a great guy, a great Realtor and a Marine.

A family member sent this article of the USS Reagan. In the back ground you will see the Arizona Memorial what you don't see is the Missouri moored just to the left of the Photo. Essentially at this location is the beginning and the ending of WWII. Pearl Harbor attack and the signing of the surrender of the Japanese on the decks of the Missouri.         I hope we never forget.


Seeing it next to the Arizona Memorial really puts its size into perspective. ENORMOUS

Just thought some of you that don't realize what it takes to run a ship this size might be interested in the facts.

Please read about the USS Reagan.  Also notice the respect that they give the Arizona Memorial when passing it.

This is absolutely beautiful!

USS Reagan


When the Bridge pipes "Man the Rail" there is a lot of rail to man on this monster. Shoulder to shoulder around 4+ acres.  This doesn't give her displacement but it's about 100,000 tons with full complements.


  • Top speed exceeds 30 knots
  • Powered by two nuclear reactors that can operate for more than 20 years without refueling
  • Expected to operate in the fleet for about 50 years
  • Carries over 80 combat aircraft
  • Three arresting cables can stop a 28-ton aircraft going 150 miles per hour in less than 400 feet SIZE
  • Towers 20 stories above the waterline 1092 feet long; nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall
  • Flight deck covers 4.5 acres
  • 4 bronze propellers, each 21 feet across, weighing 66,200 pounds
  • 2 rudders, each 29 by 22 feet and weighing 50 tons
  • 4 high speed aircraft elevators, each over 4,000 square feet


  • Dec. 8, 1994 Contract awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Feb 12, 1998 Keel laid
  • Oct 1, 2000 Pre-commissioning Unit established
  • March 4, 2001 Christened b y Mrs... Nancy Reagan
  • May 5, 2003 First underway
  • July 12, 2003 Commissioned
  • July 23, 2004 Arrived at home port in San Diego, CA


  • Home to about 6,000 Navy personnel
  • Carries enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days
  • 18,150 meals served daily
  • Distillation plants provide 400,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water daily, enough for 2000 homes
  • Nearly 30,000 light fixtures and 1,325 miles of cable and wiring 1,400 telephones, 14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets
  • Costs the Navy approximately $250,000 per day for pier side operation
  • Costs the Navy approximately $2.5 million per day for underway operations (Sailor's salaries included).
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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

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Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

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Marc Blasi
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Good Morning Randy-

Great post - I was surprised that I didn't see a comment on my Pearl Harbor post yesterday!

I like your pics. Yesterday I found an overhead pic of the Memorial.  The way you can see the USS Arizona laying there ...................

Dec 07, 2006 09:55 PM #1
Kaushik Sirkar
Call Realty, Inc. - Chandler, AZ
Military history is something that I find quite fascinating - and I didn't expect to chat about it on AR!  But since we are here....WWII and The Korean War, were, in my not overly knowledgeful estimation, the last 2 REAL conventional wars the US was involved in that had a 'stout' opponent.  Vietnam - more guerrila tactics.  Iraq I and Iraq II - an overmatched opponent/insurgency.  Will the US ever have to fight another real conventional war - one with a challenger that could pose some real resistance?
Dec 08, 2006 05:22 AM #2
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Marc - Sorry for not catching your post yesterday.  I actually just got home from the hospital yesterday from major surgery I had on Monday.  I will be stuck home for at least another week, so I will have time to catch up more.

Kaushik - Not if our leaders continue to make us dominant militarily.

Dec 08, 2006 07:59 AM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Randy, I was stationed on the Air Craft Carrier USS Ranger CVA-61, and only stopped in Hawaii once, but I can still see the Memorial there. A lot of lives were lost. To me it served as a reminder that we always have to be ready. Most recently 911 brought back those memories for me.

Dec 08, 2006 05:32 PM #4
Brian Brady
San Diego VA Home Loans/858-777-9751 - San Diego, CA

I love the Reagan for her namesake and her might.  She symbolizes the ultimate deterrent to war with her power projection.  I sail past her when she is in her home port (The Big Bay - #41)  and each sighting is more awesome than before.

I'm amazed that we, as a country, are forgetting the significance of the Day That Lives in Infamy.  Thanks for the good reminder, Randy.

Dec 08, 2006 05:42 PM #5
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

George - I am sure that after serving on an aircraft carrier the sight of the USS Reagan must be a great feeling.  I also have a special place in my heart because of who it was named after.

Brian - Folks tend to have short memories.  You have to keep in front of them so they don't forget.  Thanks for the link to the Big Boy map.  I have stayed on Coronado several times years past and enjoyed studying it.

Dec 09, 2006 03:37 AM #6
1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
Randy,  I saw a lot of WWII vets on the island over the past couple of days that were here for the ceremony.  Some of these guys looked like they were 100 years old.  They proudly wore their hats, caps and jackets that were embroidered with the name of their ship and the timeframe that they served.  They were so damn proud to be a part of this after all these years and they never forgot the men that were lost that day.  God Bless America!
Dec 11, 2006 04:45 PM #7
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
David - Being around those guys gave me chicken skin.
Dec 11, 2006 05:20 PM #8
Kengo Ueno
Prudential Locations LLC - Honolulu, HI
I got to see most of the 65th anniversary ceremony on tv the morning of December 7th.  It aired from 7:30am.  I was flipping channels when I saw it and got caught up in the emotional ceremony.  It was quit moving.  Good post Randy!!! 
Dec 11, 2006 07:38 PM #9
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Kengo - I know it was important for the whole country, but here locally it has so much more significance.
Dec 12, 2006 01:46 AM #10
Beryl Gosney
PNW Towns & Sound (Puget Sound Realty Group) - Lakewood, WA
Broker, Veterans Real Estate & Short Sale Expert

What a beautiful site Randy....

The USS Reagon shown here depicts the superiority of our passing President who will always be remembered for his gentle ways but also for diplomatic ways to change the times from a cold war era and divided germany to countries to support democracy --- the number of countries who are now democratic have doubled since Reagan was Preesident.  I believe he was solely responsbile for that fantastic feat...and it is the show of power that is a reminder that a iron fist may be necessary to back up the gentle and compassionate ways of our country and its people.....

 Again my thanks for sharing that photo Randy ---

By the way, my father-in-law, Glenn H Lane, is one of 6 remaining Pearl Harbor survivors of the USS Arizona.  If you were at the ceremony this year, you may have remember him.  He's quit a GOD loving gentlemen.  Anyone interested, just put Glenn H Lane in your Google browser....

Everett WA


Dec 23, 2006 07:33 AM #11
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Beryl - In the front door of our office we have three plaques, one of each George Bush and one of Ronald Reagan and a piece of the Berlin Wall.  When I walked in the door the first time I new I was home.  I am a huge fan of Ronald Reagan.  I deal with a lot of military clients and I have heard nothing but positive responses to that plaque.

I didn't make the ceremony, but saw the survivors ride by one by one in the Waikiki Christmas Parade.  I did do all of the printing for the 50th anniversary a few years ago and worked with many of the survivors that year.  What an honor that was.

Dec 23, 2006 07:58 AM #12
Phillip Lanier
Access e*Mortgage, Shore Point Financial - Melbourne, FL

God Bless our veterans who where there!  Thank you for the brief history and info on our war ships.  Go USA!

Phillip Lanier 

Jan 06, 2007 02:49 AM #13
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Phillip - I feel so honored that the majority of my business is based on helping our soldiers purchase their first homes.
Jan 06, 2007 06:06 AM #14
Andy Mooers
Something that also impressed me at the Arizona Memorial was the list of those who died in the Dec 7th 1941 battle but also the two or three a year of current year survivors of Pearl Harbor who are interned here when they died.  That hit me as a "wow" in a quiet, humbling way.  Quiet valor..of those spared in 1941 but that wanted to be with the group in the final analysis of their resting place here on earth at the end of their lives.
Feb 23, 2007 03:36 PM #15
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Andy - I didn't know about the survivors being interned there.  Thank you for sharing that.
Feb 23, 2007 08:22 PM #16
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