70 years ago – Day of Infamy

4 battleships sunk
3 battleships damaged
1 battleship grounded
2 destroyers sunk
1 other ship sunk
3 cruisers damaged
1 destroyer damaged
3 other ships damaged
One hundred eighty-eight aircraft destroyed
155 aircraft damaged
2,402 killed
1,247 wounded

The Arizona Memorial marks the final resting place of 1,102 sailors.

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11 Responses to 70 years ago – Day of Infamy

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Years ago I visited the Arizona Memorial which I remembered being a simple and serene structure. Then I realized it was built over the sunken ship (you can see the top of it just below the water), I’ll never forget the surge of sadness I felt. The attack happened long before I was born, but that day I was there. May God rest their souls.

  2. OldCoastie says:

    I was shocked that it had been 70 years… about only a decade more than I’ve been alive…

    My dementia stricken mother was in college at the time of the attack and can still recount that day with enormous clarity and detail… quite the defining moment in her life.

    Today feels very somber.

  3. yttik says:

    It’s kind of an odd thing, but around these parts, nobody knew where Hawaii was. Way back then, people still thought of Hawaii as the Sandwich Islands, some vague exotic place halfway around the world. Most of the WW2 veterans from these parts have now passed away, but they used to tell me stories about how nobody had a clue back then about where Pearl Harbor was.

  4. myiq2xu says:

    A Reluctant Enemy

    ON a bright Hawaiian Sunday morning 70 years ago today, hundreds of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor and laid waste to the United States Pacific Fleet. The American people boiled over in righteous fury, and America plunged into World War II. The “date which will live in infamy” was the real turning point of the war, which had been raging for more than two years, and it opened an era of American internationalism and global security commitments that continues to this day.

    By a peculiar twist of fate, the Japanese admiral who masterminded the attack had persistently warned his government not to fight the United States. Had his countrymen listened, the history of the 20th century might have turned out much differently.

    Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto foresaw that the struggle would become a prolonged war of attrition that Japan could not hope to win. For a year or so, he said, Japan might overrun locally weak Allied forces — but after that, its war economy would stagger and its densely built wood-and-paper cities would suffer ruinous air raids. Against such odds, Yamamoto could “see little hope of success in any ordinary strategy.” His Pearl Harbor operation, he confessed, was “conceived in desperation.” It would be an all-or-nothing gambit, a throw of the dice: “We should do our best to decide the fate of the war on the very first day.”

    An excellent article.

  5. foxyladi14 says:

    Today is very somber day.

  6. gram cracker says:

    My allergist was one of the youngest survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    “At dawn on Dec. 7, 1941, he slept through Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Dr. Michael Kreindler could be excused. He was just four days old.”


  7. gram cracker says:

    Just a coincidence… Sidwell Friends’s surprising Pearl Harbor Day menu

    “A lunch that will live in infamy? That’s what at least one parent at elite Sidwell Friends (yes, Sasha and Malia’s school!) wondered upon seeing what the school cafeteria listed as its “Pearl Harbor Day” menu Wednesday: A heavily Japanese-inspired lineup, including teriyaki chicken and edamame (as well as more generically Asian delicacies like tofu, fried rice, fortune cookies and “oriental noodle salad”).”


  8. OldCoastie says:

    Pearl Harbor Day menu?

    Now that’s just weird.

    I just worry so about the way people can’t think.

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