Dec. 7, 1941: “A date which will live in infamy”

USS Arizona after Japanese attack

USS Arizona after Japanese attack

73rd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

Today the National Park Service and the U.S. Navy jointly host a memorial ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

At 7:55 a.m., the exact time on the Sunday morning in 1941 when hundreds of Japanese planes began raining bombs and torpedoes onto Oahu’s U.S. military ships and planes, an estimated 2,500 distinguished guests and general public are expected to join current and former military personnel, including Pearl Harbor survivors and WWII veterans, for the 73rd anniversary observance of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

A live-stream broadcast will begin at 9:30 am (AZ time). Online registration is required. User registration link here.

More than 2,400 Americans were killed and nearly 1,180 injured when stealth Japanese fighters bombed and sank 12 naval vessels and heavily damaged nine others. More than 300 aircraft were lost in the attack. There are few survivors left, with most in their 90’s. The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association disbanded December 2011.

The USS Arizona still lies beneath the harbor with its dead entombed. The ship sank in less than nine minutes after a 1,760-pound armor-piercing bomb penetrated its decks and exploded in the ship’s forward ammunition magazine. 1,177 sailors and marines onboard were killed; 337 crew members survived.

Other major installations on Oahu, such as Wheeler Field and Kaneohe Naval Air Station, also were attacked. LIFE’s photos of the attack can be seen under link.. The Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center features galleries, interactive exhibits, two movie theaters, an amphitheater and an education center.

For more history, visit the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service site here and the Naval History and Heritage site here.

USS Arizona Commander Daniel J. Condon was among the survivors of the attack. A medical doctor, he later served as the Medical Examiner for Maricopa County. His sword & belt were salvaged from the ship. His sword is on display at the Arizona State Capital, and his sword belt is displayed at the University of Arizona Museum. Dr. Condon died in 1992.

View President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous “A date which will live in infamy” speech (Original Draft: page 1page 2 and page 3) and declaration of war following that unprovoked attack.

5 Responses to Dec. 7, 1941: “A date which will live in infamy”

  1. Kent says:

    Thank you for the memory jogger on this anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. My grandfather lost his brother and several friends in that unprovoked attack. I’ve heard him relate stories of the horror. In honoring the memories of the young dead servicemen, we should never forget that they were hard at work ensuring the freedom we enjoy today. It comes with a high price.

  2. Army Of One says:

    Excellent reminder, and most appreciated.

  3. Jim McAllister says:

    This is the first I’ve heard of this. Does anyone know more about this?

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/12/07/mismanagement-allegations-at-pearl-harbor-memorial/

    • Orion says:

      This is the first I’ve heard of these allegations. Very troubling if true. Now that FOX News is on it, I expect we’ll hear more.

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    Very little being said today in the media, regarding Pearl Harbor.

    However, I did read in the foreign press that the US National Park Service has supposedly been colluding with tour companies—–selling tickets to the USS Arizona Memorial—which are supposed to be free to the public.