remembering pearl harbor
december 7, 1941
On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers and torpedo planes staged a surprise attack on the U.S. Pacific fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, propelling the United States into World War II. In less than 2 hours, the U.S. Pacific Fleet was devastated, and more than 3,000 Americans were either killed or wounded. And still, the phrase from eight decades ago: “Remember Pearl Harbor” is as relevant today as it was in 1941. As the Marines, Army, Navy and Coast Guard battled thru the Pacific Ocean, island hopping toward Japan, it was for revenge as well as liberation for millions under Japanese control. Today we remember, with reverence, the tremendous sacrifices those soldier, in both the Pacific and European theaters,
made as they led the free world to “absolute victory”.
This Navy dispatch sent from the Commander in Chief of the Pacific announces the attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the Japanese Navy. It was received at the Squantum Naval Reserve Aviation Base on December 7, 1941 from the First Naval District. It states, “AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NOT DRILL.”
surrender ceremony on the USS Missouri, BB-63, September 2, 1945
We thanks them all, as we thank today’s soldiers as well,
as they continue the struggle to keep us safe and free.
God bless all our Soldiers who have served and fought since 1775.