[December 07, 2103] The attack on was a surprise military strike on the U.S. Naval base, Hawaii that began at 7:48 am, a clear Sunday morning 72 years ago today. The intent of the attack was to prevent the U.S. Pacific fleet from interfering with the Empire of Japan in the Pacific Ocean.
The attack came as a severe shock to the American people and ultimately was directly responsible for the U.S. to enter World War II and the destruction of Japan’s empire. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.”
Today I am honoring the men and women, military and civilian, that were present that day and a special honor to those who died.
In the photograph feature image, the USS West Virginia burns on December 7, 1941.
There are so many great Pearl Harbor websites that it is easy to get a good review of what happened there.
Here are some of my favorites:
Pearl Harbor.org: http://pearlharbor.org/
The History Channel: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/pearl-harbor-bombed
EyeWitness to History: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/pearl.htm
Naval History & Heritage Command: http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq66-1.htm