Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. A date and place that will forever be etched into the memories of Americans.
Today, Americans remember the day that the U.S. got pulled into World War II. Old stories begin re-circling as witnesses recount what they saw on that day.
One such story was published in the Honolulu Star Bulletin newspaper on the day of the attack. While the Japanese mainly focused their attack on the naval base, some of the attack also breached civilian areas.
One of the enemy aircrafts crash-landed into a home in a town near Pearl Harbor, according to the newspaper article. The plane and two houses nearby were destroyed by a fire caused by the crash.
Many lives were lost on that memorial day, including military and civilians. A total of 2,403 lives were lost, 68 of which were civilian and other others all military, and 1,178 were wounded, of which 35 were civilian, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The attack lasted one hour and 15 minutes, but changed many lives forever. In fact, I might could even go as far as to say there is not a single American alive today whose life was not affected by that day.
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As we think back on the events that took place 75 years ago today, we remember the stories, the heroes, the sacrifices. We haven’t forgotten. So, to those who served on that day, and to those who continue to serve in our militaries today, thank you.