Remembering Pearl Harbor: 77 years of infamy

December 7, 1941; a date which will live infamy. Seventy-seven years ago today, the Japanese Imperial Air and Naval forces launched a surprise attack on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor Hawaii.

More than 390 Japanese aircraft attacked the base, killing more than 2,300 American sailors and civilians. As well as wounding an additional 1,100 people. The attack also destroyed several US assets, sinking 4 battleships and crippling 13 other ships.  The attack also destroyed 188 American aircraft, and crippling an additional 159.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke to a joint session of Congress, and the nation, the day after the attack. Asking the nation to go to war, Roosevelt gave his famous “Infamy ” speech.  After his declaration, congress voted 388-1 to go to war against Japan.

The attack left a scar on the United States, leaving a hunger to avenge the American lives lost at Pearl Harbor. In the months after the attack in 1941, the United States launched an offensive raid against the Japanese mainland to strike back at the Japanese. The raid over history has become known as the Doolittle Raid, where 25 Army bombers, launched off  Navy ships in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, flying to bomb Tokyo. The bomb run was successful, unfortunately because of fuel shortages, several bombers had to ditch into the ocean north of Japan while flying to friendly, yet Japanese occupied China.

Several years later, in 1945; the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese mainland. Effectively leading to a Japanese surrender.

World War Two was a devastating, yet triumphant time for the United States. The young men that served were no older than thejuniors and seniors walking the halls today of Brown County High School. Therefore, thank a veteran. They saw and experienced acts that no human should ever have to endure, but they laid it all on the line to protect our freedom.

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