On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese war planes attacked Pearl Harbor, the forward base for the United States in the Pacific, effectively drawing the United States into war with Japan. This picture, widely publicized in the United States, illustrates the extent of the physical destruction. The sinking battleship is the USS West Virginia. The crew of the motorboat in the foreground is attempting to save sailors in the water. The official battle report, submitted on December 11, 1941, can be a useful source document for classroom use. The sinking of the USS West Virginia resulted in the death of 106 crewmen.
A surprise Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy’s base at Pearl Harbor and on Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands on December 7, 1941. It destroyed much of the American Pacific Fleet and brought the United States into World War II. The attack followed the decision of the Japanese government that Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration would not abandon China and Southeast Asia to the Japanese military nor continue to supply Tokyo with vital materials. Early Sunday morning, December 7, Japanese aircraft launched an assault that destroyed or disabled nineteen ships and 292 planes. American deaths totaled 2, 335 and 1, 178 were wounded. Ultimately, though the attack was a tactical success, the Japanese failed to destroy American repair yards, fuel reserves, and submarines. Source for below photo and clip. Visit for other photos, clips and information.
Let us not forget those that were either killed or wounded in this sneak attack on the United States.
Let us not forget that we had a second devastating sneak attack on Sept. 11, 2001, by Islamic terrorists. I fear we will have one more before America wakes up and this will come from the enemy within. Systematic destruction of our military and freedoms by liberals in Congress following Obama’s lead toward a NWO with one world governance. Don’t let history repeat itself.