Remembering Pearl Harbor: 78 Years Later

During World War II, Germany, Japan and Italy were trying to destroy our great Republic. Today the threat comes from within.

Pearl Harbor is a U.S. naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii, that was the scene of a devastating surprise attack by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. Just before 8 a.m. on that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes descended on the base, where they managed to destroy or damage nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight battleships, and over 300 airplanes. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan.

Japan and the Path to War

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise, but Japan and the United States had been edging toward war for decades.

The United States was particularly unhappy with Japan’s increasingly belligerent attitude toward China. The Japanese government believed that the only way to solve its economic and demographic problems was to expand into its neighbor’s territory and take over its import market. Read the rest HERE.

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2 Responses to Remembering Pearl Harbor: 78 Years Later

  1. Joe Z says:

    On vacation in Hawaii several years ago I visited the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. If you get a chance to go to Hawaii try to make that stop. It’s well worth the time.

  2. Pura Vida says:

    In remembrance of “Pappy”, W4AQG “A Quiet Gentleman”, Army Air Corp, occupied Japan.

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