Saturday, December 7, 2013

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day commemorates the devastating attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor.  On Sunday, December 7, 1941, in less than two hours, twenty-one ships of the U.S. Pacific fleet were sunk or damaged by Japanese war planes, six airfields were bombed, and 188 U.S. planes destroyed.  More than 2,400 Americans perished as a result of the surprise attack.  The next day, Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed Congress and the Nation declaring December 7 a "date which will live in infamy.

Pearl Harbor:  America’s Darkest Day by Susan Wels and Pearl Harbor: The Day of Infamy—An Illustrated History by Dan van der Vat are pictorial tributes to the courage and patriotism demonstrated on December 7, 1941.  An overview of the historic raid and archival images and links to comprehensive coverage can be found at the Naval History & Heritage Command.

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