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Pearl Harbor Day

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Common Sense remembers the Americans who gave their lives defending Pearl Harbor 71 years ago.

“Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

353 Japanese aircraft from 6 aircraft carriers attacked Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7th, 1941. Their targets were the capital ships of the US Pacific Fleet: the battleships and carriers.

The US carriers were out to sea on a training exercise, but all 8 battleships were damaged and 4 were sunk. Also damaged or sunk were 3 cruisers, 3 destroyers, 1 minelayer, 1 anti-aircraft training ship and 188 aircraft.

2,402 Americans lost their lives, and 1,282 were wounded.

We honor their sacrifice.

Upon hearing of the attack, Prime Minister Churchill said: “To have the United States at our side was to me the greatest joy. Now at this very moment I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. So we had won after all!…Hitler’s fate was sealed. Mussolini’s fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to powder.”

 

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