Over 2400 Americans lost their lives in this brutal attack. As I heard one young person say when interviewed – To the generation of 1941 this was like what 9/11 is to today’s generation.
I must admit I have forgotten. This was 9 years before I was born. My dad Harold served in the war but I didn’t know the large number of lives lost and how intense the attack was. These soldiers sacrificed their lives for us and many continue to. Help out our troops when ever you can. I am.
Read what wikipedia has to say:
The base was attacked by 353
Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers
All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. Of the eight damaged, six were raised, repaired and returned to service later in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers
, three destroyers
, an anti-aircraft training ship,[nb 2]
and one minelayer
. One hundred eighty-eight U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 Americans were killed
and 1,282 wounded.
The power station, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section
) were not attacked. Japanese losses were light: 29 aircraft and five midget submarines
lost, and 65 servicemen killed or wounded. One Japanese sailor
The attack came as a profound shock to the American people and led directly to the American entry into World War II
in both the Pacific
and European theaters
. The following day (December 8) the United States declared war
on Japan. Domestic support for isolationism
, which had been strongdisappeared. Clandestine support of Britain (for example the Neutrality Patrol
) was replaced by active alliance. Subsequent operations by the U.S. prompted Germany and Italy to declare war
on the U.S. on December 11, which was reciprocated by the U.S. the same day.
There were numerous historical precedents for unannounced military action by Japan. However, the lack of any formal warning, particularly while negotiations were still apparently ongoing, led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaim December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy”.