Happy Pearl Harbor Day!

The attack on Pearl Harbor taken from a Japanese plane.  The picture shows the USS Oklahoma being struck by a torpedo.

The attack on Pearl Harbor taken from a Japanese plane. The picture shows the USS Oklahoma being struck by a torpedo.

On this day in 1941 the Imperial Navy of Japan launched a surprise attack on the United States’ Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on the island of Hawaii.


The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. Of these eight damaged, two were raised, and with four repaired, six battleships returned to service later in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded. Important base installations such as the power station, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section) were not attacked. Japanese losses were light: 29 aircraft and five midget submarines lost, and 65 servicemen killed or wounded. One Japanese sailor was captured.

The Japanese high command believed that they could defeat the United States with a single decisive battle. This strategy had been successful in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05.

Some people believe that Franklin Roosevelt was aware of the attack in advance and allowed it to take place in order to draw the United States into World War II which had started in 1939. No evidence has ever been found to confirm this theory.

Prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor public sentiment in the United States was strongly opposed to entering WWII. After the attack opposition to entering the war evaporated and Congress declared war on Japan on December 8th and against Germany and Italy on December 11th.

The USS Arizona burning as it sank.

The USS Arizona burning as it sank.

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14 Responses to Happy Pearl Harbor Day!

  1. angienc says:

    It’s bittersweet — remembering all the American blood that was shed to free countries in Europe & the Pacific from dictators to where we are today with people cheering the SCoaMF who uses drones to target & kill US citizens.

    The Greatest Generation has been replaced by the Me Generation.

    This will not end well.

  2. leslie says:

    My dad’s birthday is/was today. He may not have been the best man in the world, but he would’ve sent “Stern Warnings” packing in a heartbeat and he wouldn’t have thought anything of it except that he had just got rid of another wart on the ass of the country.

    Happy Birthday, Dad.

    • leslie says:

      oh, and my dad —> a Democrat and a Liberal and he’d have looked at these “folks” parading themselves around as if they actually know something, and said, “Where did these jerks come from? And what makes them so arrogant and stupid?”

  3. votermom says:

    My mom always remembered Pearl Harbor as happening on Nov 8. I think it was one of those days you don’t forget, and it was Dec 8 where she was at the time.

  4. HELENK says:

    when we when to war at that time, we went to win. Since then too many times we have gone to war and politics has tied our hands. too many were wounded or died for other countries in wars that ended in stalemates and we won nothing not even friends.
    We have become the cop that every body wants to protect them, but would not invite to a party or have as a guest in their homes.

    God Bless those who answered the call and gave so much to keep this country free

    • yttik says:

      I think it was actually the last time we really went to “war.” Since WW2, every conflict we’ve been involved in has been a policing action put under the jurisdiction of the President. Our Constitution says that only congress can declare war, but they haven’t really done that since WW2.

      I think it’s an important part of our Constitution, because if 435 people had to put their vote on the table, the chances of our entering a foolish war would be greatly reduced. Each congresscritter would be held accountable for their vote. As it stands now, they’re allowed to waffle all over the place and blame the president, like the Dems who let Bush go to war, but claimed they were tricked or deceived so they shouldn’t bear any responsibility. As a result the whole country waffles around and we wind up with controversial wars that nobody wants to take responsibility for.

  5. HELENK says:

    When you go to the Arizona memorial, there is a great feeling of sadness and loss.
    The same feelings at Gettysburg and Valley Forge.
    Never can never be enough gratitude to those who fought to keep us free.

  6. HELENK says:


    I had to link this . please read and pass on today

  7. HELENK says:

    this is the America i believe in.
    I do want to see this

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