National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: 5 Facts That May Astound You
Commemorate the Anniversary on December 7th
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is a day dedicated to remembering the 2,335 U.S. service members and 68 civilians who lost their lives when Japanese forces suddenly attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.
On this day each year, veterans, survivors, and people from all over the country would come together to commemorate the anniversary and to pay tribute to the American soldiers who perished in that attack.
The United States Congress designated December 7th as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. President Bill Clinton signed the proclamation in 1994 and the first National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was first celebrated on December 7, 1994.
The 5 Facts About the Attack That You Probably Didn’t Know
Here are some interesting facts about the unprovoked Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, which President Franklin Roosevelt described as a “date which will live in infamy.”
1. A Japanese scholar at Harvard University devised the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, a scholar at Harvard University, was the one who devised the plan to attack Pearl Harbor in Imperial Japan’s failed effort to prevent the United States Pacific Fleet from interfering with Japan’s plan to conquer Southeast Asia. Yamamoto believed that the only way his country would stand a chance of defeating the United States was if Japan managed to weaken the U.S. naval might in the Pacific region.
2. The sneak attack lasted for 2 hours.
The attack on Pearl Harbor started on the morning of December 7, 1941, at around 7:55 a.m. The Japanese sent two waves of aircraft to attack Pearl Harbor, known as the Battleship Row.
3. The attack led to the sinking and destruction of 6 American warships and 169 aircraft.
During the attack, the Americans lost 6 battleships and 169 aircraft, while the Japanese lost 29 aircraft and 5 midget submarines.
4. The surprise Pearl Harbor attack led to the beginning of the Second World War.
The day after the attack, President Roosevelt declared war against Japan. This prompted Japan and its two Axis allies, Germany and Italy, to declare war against the United States.
5. The Japanese attack failed to weaken U.S. military might.
While the Japanese planned the attack to weaken America’s naval force, they failed to achieve their goal. No U.S. aircraft carriers were at Pearl Harbor that day, and the Japanese attackers failed to destroy vital infrastructures such as repair shops and fuel tanks. Moreover, most of the U.S. warships damaged by Japanese bombs and torpedoes were eventually repaired.
Countless American Lives Being Lost to This Menace
Thousands of American lives were lost during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In remembering this momentous event this December 7th, we may also think about the countless American lives that are being lost this time to a deadly incurable disease — breast cancer.
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Give Them a Fighting Chance to Beat Breast Cancer
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