Pearl Harbor Day: 70 years after

I’m re-blogging this 5-year-old post today, on this 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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Today marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawai’i.  The “date that will live in infamy”, as denounced by then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt, marked the United States’ entry into World War II.  Mere hours after the bombings of the U.S. Pacific Fleet by Japanese bombers, Roosevelt went to Congress for a declaration of war, which was granted immediately.

2,400 Americans died in that attack, along with 62 Japanese.  Nearly half of the American casualties occurred on the USS Arizona, when a bomb detonated a munitions depot on the massive battleship.  The hull of the USS Arizona still rests in its watery grave, and is topped by the iconic, white structure of the memorial building.  From Wikipedia:


US Navy 070409-N-4009P-281 Sailors manning the rails render honors as they pass the USS Arizona Memorial while entering Pearl Harbor aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).jpg

“The national memorial was designed by Honolulu architect Alfred Preis who had been detained at Sand Island at the start of the war as an enemy of the country…

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