remembering pearl harbor

december 7, 1941

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.”


80 years ago today, 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 back then, it was for revenge and payback. Today we remember, with reverence, the tremendous sacrifices those soldier made as they led the free world to victory.


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 from 1775, and are still at it.