Of the 60,000 U.S. personnel caught in the attack, it is believed there are less than two thousand still alive. We’re losing our WWII heroes.
Of 8 American battleships in the harbor, the attack resulted in 1 destroyed, 2 sunk at their moorings, 1 capsized, 1 beached and 3 damaged but afloat. With the exception of the Arizona (destroyed), all the others were refloated or righted and 6 (Nevada, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, California and Pennsylvania) were repaired and returned to service. While the Oklahoma, which had capsized, was righted, she was never repaired. Additionally, the attack severely damaged 9 other warships, destroyed 188 aircraft, killed 2,403 American servicemen, and 68 civilians. (H/T – Wikipedia)
Just as we should never forget the September 11th, 2001 attacks, we should never forget the attack of December 7th, 1941. And, in the same vein, we should never let our country become as vulnerable as we did on those two tragic days.