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‘A date which will live in infamy’

December 7, 2012

Photo courtesy of www.history.navy.mil

Rescuers search for survivors near the U.S.S. West Virginia following the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 by the Japanese Imperial Navy. Today marks the 71st anniversary of what President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed would be “a date which will live in infamy” – which left 2,402 Americans dead and 1,282 wounded. There are still an estimated 1,177 U.S. sailors buried in the depths of the harbor. In all, eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. Also damaged or destroyed were three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, one minelayer and 188 U.S. aircraft. The Japanese lost 29 aircraft and five midget submarines, and 65 servicemen killed or wounded. Not many survivors remain from that fateful day – only a few hundred are left to tell their story, according to the pearlharboroahu.com. There are no local survivors still alive.

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