Pearl Harbor Remembrance

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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.

Pearl Harbor

Today is December 7, the day that will live in infamy!  It has been 67 years since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and awakened a sleeping military giant–the United States.  Until that day in 1941, America had remained neutral in World War II. The Japanese commenced not only an air attack, but surprised the military with a submarine assault as well.

A recent news story from MarketWatch calls attention to how many of the stories related to WWII are vanishing with its veterans; the story says that about 900 veterans have passed away per day in the last several years.  This is disheartening because many of the personal stories of these military minds are vanishing as well.  However, the story says that The National World War II Museum is attempting to preserve these stories, recording more than 2,500 stories, including 500 on video.  Check out the virtual field trips.

More recently, the government established the Pacific National Monument, which includes five historical sights in Hawaii.  Check out this Honolulu Advertiser story. President Bush also created three memorial sites in Alaska as well in honor of national Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day; check it out.

Outside of the ceremonies and monuments dedicated to D-Day, the first Russian warship passed through the Panama Canal between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean since WWII.

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