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.
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.”