It all happened 75 years ago today on December 7, 1941, at 7:55 a.m. The United States Navy was blindsided by a surprise attack from the Imperial Japanese Navy who had traveled 3400 miles with the intention of crippling the Pacific Fleet. The attack was carried out in two waves by 353 Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes launched from six aircraft carriers under the command of Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo.
Most of the U.S. Pacific Fleet was in training and anchored in Pearl Harbor. All together there were 96 ships at Pearl Harbor that morning, but the primary targets Air Craft Carriers that were away from Pearl Harbor so the focus was shifted to the eight battleships moored on Battleship Row on Ford Island.
In a matter of minutes, Japanese bombers sank or damaged eight battleships, three light cruisers, three destroyers and 188 airplanes. It was a devastating attack that caused 3,566 US casualties that included 2,403 deaths. 1,177 men alone died on the USS Arizona, after its forward magazine exploded, and the remains of those killed are entombed on the Arizona, until this very day.
The following day the United States declared war on Japan and President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a speech in which he said December 7th, 1941 would be "a date which will live in infamy."
75 years later we remember that date. We respect the the lives of the people who we lost in this unprovoked assault and in the war we joined afterward, and we honor those who fought for our country to help ensure our freedom, our culture, and our liberties would never be attacked in this way again.
God Bless America.