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

 

USS Arizona after Japanese attack

Today marks the 78th anniversary of the Japanese stealth bombing attack on our naval fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii resulting in the deaths of 2,335 American service members and 68 civilians. Nearly 1,180 were injured. The attack sank 12 naval vessels and heavily damaged nine others.

President Donald Trump released this Proclamation in remembrance of that horrific day that precipitated United States involvement in World War II.

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 on board were killed; 334 crew members survived.

Other major installations on Oahu, including Wheeler Field and Kaneohe Naval Air Station, also were attacked.

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

In his address to a joint session of Congress, President Roosevelt rightfully referred to December 7, 1941 as, “a date which will live in infamy.”

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

  1. Seen It All says:

    American students are woefully ignorant of historical events. Ask your children or grandchildren what they know about Pearl Harbor or the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 in which nearly 3,000 people lost their lives on American soil as 19 Saudi Islamic jihadists commandeered two commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City, another into the Pentagon and a fourth hijacked plane crashed in Pennsylvania as brave passengers stormed the cockpit.

    I have a teenage neighbor who is an honor student at a local public high school. We were both in our front yards and I engaged him in a brief but shocking conversation on a previous Sept. 11th. He had no idea what that day was. None, Zip. Nadda. This is an honor student? He must excel on the topic of climate change.

    • MacBeth says:

      Our public schools have been controlled by leftist union members for years. They are far more concerned with instilling political correctness than teaching. Listen carefully to this admission by the retiring NEA union legal counsel on his retirement after 30 years of promoting this radical agenda.

  2. Mary Haney says:

    We were married on December 7th, 1967 in the Philippines at
    Clark Air Field just as a fluke, since that was the day we finally
    received all the signatures on our stack of paperwork required
    by the USAF for military members to marry back then. Rob may
    forget it’s our anniversary, but he never forgets that it’s Pearl
    Harbor Remembrance Day. Thanks for this great piece to
    remember our Heroes and their families.