5.12.08

Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941

The 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy's battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's southward expansion. America, unprepared and now considerably weakened, was abruptly brought into the Second World War as a full combatant.

Pearl Harbor remained the most infamous act perpetrated against the United States until the September 11th attacks on New York, by Muslim extremists. However, unlike the September 11th attack, the raid on Pearl Harbor solidified the country to go to war against Japan and Germany for 4 long years and thousands of casualties.

Here may be found an Online Library of Selected Images, courtesy of the United States Navy Historical Center.

I have been to Hawaii twice, once as a medivac returned to the west coast, (I didn't see much) and once as a stop on a flight west to Okinawa, Japan. I only remember the pineapple was real good both times. Someday maybe I will go as a tourist.

Let us remember these men and women whos lives were taken that sunny Sunday in 1941.

An article on the USS Arizona may be found here...

Jhesu+Marie
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