Today being December 7th I only thought it important to remember what this date means to the American population and history of the country and ultimately the world. So on this Remembrance Day let’s not forget what this date means.
In the early hours of the morning the Japanese forces boldly attacked the U.S. military forces stationed on and around the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The first wave of air craft started their attack at 0748 Hawaiian time which translates into 1248 on the east coast.
Even with a number of reports about activity surrounding the area going ignored. The experimental radar post activates were thought to be aircraft coming in from the main land. Meanwhile a report from the U.S.S. Ward stating it had fired upon a midget submarine was misfiled. With it being a Sunday morning a large number of the service men were still sleeping in their bunks throughout the area.
At 0810 the U.S.S. Arizona was bombed with armor piercing ordinance. The ordinance settled into the forward magazine causing a chain reaction of explosions. With the million plus pounds of explosives the ship was quickly sent to the bottom of the harbor, entombing 1,177 sailors.
For two hours the men of the U.S. forces were in a living hell were any move could be the difference between life and death. The horror continue following the attacks as the service men throughout the island tried to rescue those trapped and injured.
In the end 2.403 men were killed and 1,178 were wounded. The navy lost 2 battleships and 2 smaller ships while 15 others were damaged but able to sail another day. A total of 188 aircraft were destroyed and another 159 were damaged.
The following day in a speech the president declared war on the Empire of Japan.
Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. These words by Franklin Delano Roosevelt were spoken during his address to the nation following the attacks on Pearl Harbor.
Everyone should take a minute today to remember those brave men who died to ultimately help protect our freedoms that we all hold so dearly.
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