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Forum mA June 2001 Though decades have passed and other wars have been fought, passions about PearlHarbor remain strong. The U.S.S. Arizona's leaking oil has sparked a new battle in the Pacific. "Are we waitingfor anotherPearl Harborto happen on a disastrousenvironmental scale?" asked a reader.Even if oil "blackens all of PearlHarbor," wrote another, "let it remind us of the blood of those who died." Pearl Harbor I find it hard to understand that no effort is being made to drain the oil contained in the U.S.S. Arizona. I truly believe this issue goes beyond nationalism. The fact that it damages marine life and threatens an ecosystem is reason enough to start efforts on this matter. LUIS JAVIER URENA Monterrey,Mexico The National ParkService is studying how to remove the oil without collapsing the hull, which is expected to holdfor about another50 years. Leave the Arizona and her crew alone. This isn't science. It's curiosity and no better than ripping a grave apart to see if the coffin is intact and what condition the body is in. We don't need to outrage the dead sailors by invading their last resting place. WARREN BOSLEY GrandIsland, Nebraska MEMBERSHIP Please call 1-800 -NGS-LINE (1-800-647-5463). Special device for the hearing-impaired (TDD) 1-800-548-9797. Online: nationalgeographic.com/ngm I was a teenager during World War II, but I remember one of the Japanese midget submarines that was used to sell war bonds and war savings stamps across the country. It came to nearby Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on a flatbed trailer. One side had the metal removed about a foot high on the entire length of the sub. When you purchased a bond or stamp, you could examine the inside. I bought stamps, and when I got to the conning tower area, I saw a mannequin of a Japanese officer by the peri scope. It was so real that it scared the hell out of me. RICHARD L. KANTOR Hellertown, Pennsylvania My brother, Lt. Phillip Willis, was in charge of a patrol that sighted the small submarine lodged on a reef following the attack on Pearl Harbor. One of the two crewmen had drowned, so they took the other member ashore and then to Bellows Field. The Japanese crewman asked to be killed, for he had disgraced the emperor, and my brother said some of the GIs wanted to accommodate him, but he was interrogated and sent to a prisoner of war camp. DOYLE WILLIS Fort Worth, Texas r NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * OCTOBER 2001 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "Forthe increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C ., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 7,000 explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. FAHEY, JR., President and CEO Executive Vice Presidents TERRENCE B. ADAMSON TERRY D. GARCIA, Mission Programs NINA D. 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