It has been eighty years since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor; an incident which brought the United States into World War II. Americans rushed to recruitment offices in order to avenge the attack, while other hard-working citizens did their best to replenish the American naval fleet and raise money for the war effort.
Sailors, Marines, and Soldiers fought back with extraordinary courage, often at the sacrifice of their own lives. Those without weapons to fight took great risk to save wounded comrades and to save their ships. Pilots took off to engage Japanese aircraft despite the overwhelming odds. Countless acts of valor went unrecorded, as many witnesses died in the attack. Fifteen U.S. Navy personnel were awarded the Medal of Honor — ranging from seaman to rear admiral — for acts of courage above and beyond the call of duty, ten of them posthumously.
I’m a big fan of history, especially World War II, which is why I post about Pearl Harbor every year. There are very few Pearl veterans still with us, and I want to make sure others never forget them and their sacrifices.