For kids that do not know what Pearl Harbor Day is or those that do not remember, here is a brief summary.
70 years ago on December 7, 1941 the United States came under an attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan. The Japanese attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. A total of 353 Japanese aircraft were launched from six aircraft carriers sinking or destroying 4 U.S Navy battleships, 3 cruisers, 3 destroyers, 1 anti-aircraft training ship, 1 minelayer and 188 U.S. aircraft. 2,402 personnel were killed and another 1,282 were wounded. Many other United States facilities at Pearl Harbor were destroyed including the power station, submarine piers, headquarters building, homes, and shipyard, fuel, storage and maintenance facilities.
The Japanese losses were very small in comparison to the U.S. losses. The Japanese lost 65 servicemen, 39 aircraft and 5 midget submarines. We captured 1 Japanese sailor.
Our attack on Pearl Harbor led to our entry into World War II. On December 8th, 1941 the United States Declared war on Japan.
The failure of the Japanese to give any formal warning during a time that negotiations were still apparently ongoing, led to President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaiming December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy”. Recordings of this speech are still played on December 7. Click Here to listen to that speech.
OoRah to those soldiers and rest in peace.