Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

From National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Sixty-eight years ago today, Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese waged a surprise attack, known as Operation Z, on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.  The attack sunk four U.S. battleships, and two of which were raised later to rejoin service.  Four others were damaged.  The Japanese attacked in two waves and hoped to preempt U.S. involvement in World War II.

However, the attack actually incited the United States to join the worldwide effort against the Axis.  More than 2,400 people were killed and more than 1,200 were wounded.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States issued a Declaration of War.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his “Dec. 7, 1941 —  a date which will live in infamy” speech.

Today, we remember all who served and gave their lives for their country.

For more information about the attack, visit World War II History Info.

Also, read this story in the Washington Post of one man’s journey back to Pearl Harbor for the first time.  Ed Johann “still remembers the stench of burning oil and flesh.”

There is an interesting article about the enduring mysteries of the attack in the Christian Science Monitor as well.

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1 Comment

  1. Thank you for covering this. I hope we all take a moment today to stop and remember the fallen heroes.


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