Eighty years ago, today – 12-7-1941

“The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon the United States against the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, just before 08:00, on Sunday, December 7, 1941.” Wikipedia


“President Roosevelt concluded his speech on December 8 with a firm note to a country horrified and uncertain:

“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.”

These words proved prophetic, as the Japanese representatives would stand aboard the USS Missouri four years later and sign the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, an unconditional capitulation of their Empire. FDR would not live, however, to see the end of the conflict he so skillfully guided this country through.”

Naval Historical Foundation




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