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The Love That Endures

By Thomas I. Kirkpatrick.

The time was December 7, 1941. The wife and young son of the Arizona’s chaplain, Capt. Thomas LeRoy Kirkpatrick were listening to the radio that Sunday afternoon when suddenly they heard:

“We interrupt this program to bring you a special news bulletin. The Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by air, President Roosevelt has just announced. The attack also was made on all Naval and Military activities on the principal island, Oahu.”

The chaplain’s son continues telling this intensely personal story: “The urgent voice stunned Mother and me. We had been sitting in the small living room of our apartment in Webster Groves, Missouri listening to the regular broadcast from Columbia Broadcasting System when the announcer had broken in.”

The following day Congress answered the president’s call to arms by voting an immediate Declaration of War. That same day, a telegram arrived. It said:

“DEAR MRS KIRKPATRICK STOP I REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT YOUR HUSBAND CAPTAIN THOMAS LEROY KIRKPATRICK IS MISSING IN ACTION AND PRESUMED DEAD STOP SIGNED SECRETARY OF THE NAVY FRANK KNOX”

This heartbreaking event begins and ends a two-decade-long story about love, a love that endured numerous lengthy separations while the chaplain was deployed either at sea or at a remote duty station. How this couple endured these stresses — so similar to those facing today’s military families — yet kept their marriage alive and vibrant, forms the core of this heartwarming and inspiring story, embedded in the sweep of world changing historical events.

The author is the son of Thomas LeRoy Kirkpatrick. Now residing in Half Moon Bay, California, he used his parents’ original writings, photographs, and letters to create this book. It not only recounts a personal history and love story but also an eye witness record of events during a tumultuous time in our nation’s history.

Soft cover. 209 pages. Included photographs. Book measures approximately 6 inches by 9 inches.

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Everything was perfect. My husband is a Veteran and enjoyed this gift very much. Thank you.

Enjoyed the book I always like reading real history.
One of the cups was completely destroyed, sent you an email when received got no reply, not happy on this
Got no geek patch or black tears.
What I did get intact (book & 1 cup) proved to be quite expensive…………

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My parents brought this shirt back as a souvenir for my 4 year old daughter. She wore it constantly until the day she discovered scissors 😭. She cut it up and was so proud of herself until I freaked out, then we both cried… I would usually take this opportunity to teach a lesson about scissors and say “sorry, you’re SOL.” But this gift was so loved and I felt she learned her lesson when she realized she had ruined it rather than improving it.

Great quality sticker

I bought it to put with my photo book and keepsakes from my trip to visit this incredible memorial.

Great coin

Just a beautiful tribute to those who served at Pearl Harbor on that fateful December 7th.