Seventy-two years ago today, The Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Japanese had detailed planning and flawless execution and the Americans were caught off guard and ill prepared on that Sunday morning at 7:48 AM. Six American carriers were hit but bombers and torpedo planes resulting in 2000 dead and 1000 severely wounded. The Americans had radar evidence of incoming aircraft and there was discovery of a foreign submarine. But human mistakes were made.
The USS Arizona was sunk.
Today, the minimal memorial is over the remains of that surprise attack that lead to the immediate entry of the United States into World War II.
These brave men are surviors from that day. We visited the site in 2010 and saw the ever shrinking group of eyewitness survivors. As long as they are able, these heroes visit the site daily and will gladly answer questions and sign books.
Their life’s work today is to do what they can to insure that their fallen comrades are not forgotten.
This is a primary source of December 7, 1941.
This Is the Pearl Harbor Story
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