December 7, 1941. ”A date which will live in infamy,” said President Franklin Roosevelt.
70 years ago today, the Japanese attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet, as it lay anchored in Pearl Harbor. The attack was devastating: 2,402 Americans killed, 1,282 wounded, and 4 of 8 battleships sunk.
The following day, the United States declared war on Japan — beginning America’s involvement in World War II.
There are only a handful of Pearl Harbor survivors still living today, but the memory continues to live on. If you see a veteran today, shake his or her hand. Their friends have given more for this country than most ever do.