๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Pearl Harbor Day 2017 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ



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The attack commenced at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time. The base was attacked by 353 Imperial Japanese aircraft (including fighters, level and dive bombers, and torpedo bombers) in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers.

All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four sunk. All but the USS Arizona were later raised, and six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war.

The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer.

One hundred eighty-eight U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded.

FDR’s “Day of Infamy Speech”

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โ€œMr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:

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

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

And this morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumphโ€”so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.โ€

Below is the USS Arizona during the attack:

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Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor

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A rescue boat retrieves a seaman from the burning USS West Virginia.


Utah Was the โ€œNot So Famousโ€ Battleship Sunk During the Pearl Harbor Attack

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A general view of Pearl Harbor after it had been attacked by the Japanese. Smoke pours from USS Shaw (center right) while the minelayer USS Oglana lies capsized in the foreground.

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The USS California sank into Pearl Harbor mud as crew members clambered down the sides of the battered warship to waiting boats. Black, oily smoke concealed nearly half its hulk

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The crew of the USS Oklahoma did everything they could to fight back. In the first ten minutes of the battle, though, eight torpedoes hit the Oklahoma,and she began to capsize. A ninth torpedo would hit her as she sunk in the mud. 14 Marines, and 415 sailors would give their lives. 32 men were cut out through the hull while the others were beneath the waterline. Banging could be heard for over 3 days and then there was silence.

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Battleship USS Nevada underway during the Pearl Harbor attack

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Smoldering U. Navy Hangar at Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahuโ€ฆ

80-G-77652: Smoldering U.S. Navy Hangar at Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, after Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Note, the wrecked automobile.

The USS Tennessee was berthed in Battleship Row on the south side of Ford Island, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

She was in a nested pair with the USS West Virginia and since she was moored inboard, she was protected from the torpedo attack

The photo below shows three battleships after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Starting from the left is the sunken USS West Virginia, the damaged USS Tennessee, and the sunken USS Arizona.

Sunken USS West Virginia, the damaged USS Tennessee, and the sunken USS Arizona  in Pearl Harbor

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I hope you found the images and information interesting. I know I learned a lot finding them.

We survived that dastardly attack. We came out stronger. I’m sure we can survive again. Now we need to convince a whole lot of young people that they live in the greatest country in the world and that they need to do all they can to protect it and our freedoms. Freedoms so many gave their all that we might live and thrive.

No one has ever done it better than Kate Smith to say:


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13 Responses to “๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Pearl Harbor Day 2017 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Al Franken announces resignation from the Senate


    And of course there is the obligatory whine about being a victim and the obligatory swipe at Trump and Roy Moore. Franken wasn’t taken down by Trump or the right, he was taken down by his own disgusting behavior and his party that don’t want him around so they can take potshots at Trump and Moore.

  2. piper Says:

    Thank you for writing this excellent article about the dastardly attack on our country.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      My pleasure Piper. Even after all these years the images tear at the heart.

      And the sounds of banging on the hull of the USS Oklahoma slowing fading and then stopping brings tears to my eyes. What a horrible way to die.

  3. piper Says:

    Another FBI higher-up demoted for his behavior – something about meeting Christopher Steele of the infamous Fusion Report.


  4. kenoshamarge Says:

  5. fyreglass Says:

    Thank you, Marge. Too many people have forgotten what it is to truly worry about tomorrow.

    I am not talking about climate change, or other political issues. I am talking about what it feels like to fear that the whole world is about to erupt in flames and blood: war on your doorstep, bombs dropping, your own home/family/country actually in physical danger.

    The anger and resolve that surfaced after the attack on Pearl Harbor were mirrored in the anger and resolve that surfaced after the Sept. 11th attacks. Sadly, most of that resolve has faded now – dampened by partisan punditry and political correctness.

    We must remember that there will always be those who seek to destroy that which we have: freedom, opportunity, and independence. And we must never, ever forget the sacrifices that have been made to secure those things.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      We would all do well to remember the quote below – because much as it’s become a cliche’, it’s all too true.

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Excellent, excellent post, Marge – and so sorry to be so late. Yesterday was a VERY long travel day (we got home around 11:30 last night).

    I did not know that all but the USS Arizona was raised, btw – that is fascinating! Thanks so much for all of the history and the PHOTOS – yes, they do indeed say “a thousand words.” Thank you for this remembrance to those lost, and those brave souls who fought on.

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    On a TOTALLY different note, Marge and Piper, this little cutie is in your state. I’d empty out my pockets if I can across this bell ringer:


    (For more, you can read the story here: http://ihearthorses.com/mini-horse-his-canine-partner-are-the-salvation-armys-top-bell-ringers)

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