Day Of Infamy

USS Arizona ExplodesSeventy-four years ago today, the Empire of Japan declared war on the United States by attacking the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

The attack commenced at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time. The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four sunk. All but Arizona were later raised, and six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war.

The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded. Japanese losses were light: 29 aircraft and five midget submarines lost, and 64 servicemen killed.

I’ve posted about Pearl Harbor every day for the last ten years because 1. I think it’s important to remember, and 2. I believe it was the day America truly changed forever.

10 thoughts on “Day Of Infamy

  1. I shudder to think what would happen if Pearl Harbor had taken place today instead of in 1941. National pride seems to be non-existent “Foggy Bottom”. There is no Winston Churchill, Omar Bradley, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower or George Patton to be found in the current administration. I long for the days when the majority of Americans were brave and courageous. Now far too many just roll over and ask for more degradation.

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  2. It was nearly three quarters of a century ago. And yet, on Sept. 11th. 2001, as I drove into work, I wondered to myself if this was how it felt December 8th, 1941, keeping up some semblance of normalcy while the nation prepared to go to war.

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  3. Proof – One of the members of Easy Company told the story about people committing suicide because they were unfit to serve. The paratrooper ended the story with, “A different time.”

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  4. My boss’s father was a Pearl Harbor survivor. We have a WW2 mural down the street from where I work & until he passed away 2 years ago, he went to the dedication on 12/7. His children, grandchildren & great grandchildren now go in honor (but my boss hates the cannon that goes off @ 10:48).

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