A Tragic Day – December 7th
It was on that day, December 7, 1941 that a surprise military strike was conducted by the Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. At 7:48 am (Hawaiian Time), 353 Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes swarmed all over Pearl Harbor. The military strike was conducted in two waves that lasted two hours. The planes were launched from six Japanese aircraft carriers.
All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and an anti-aircraft training ship. 188 aircraft were destroyed, 2,403 Americans were killed, and 1,178 were wounded.
The attack came as a profound shock to the American people and led directly to the American entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. The following day, December 8th, the United States declared war on Japan.
On that Monday morning, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the American people on the radio. These were some of his words: “Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the empire of Japan”.
We remember these brave Americans and their supreme sacrifice.