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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

“A Date That Will Live in Infamy”

At 7:55 a.m. on December 7, 1941, almost 200 Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The raid lasted only an hour, but nearly 3,000 people died. Almost the entire Pacific fleet was stationed there, and few ships escaped damage. Two hundred U.S. aircraft were destroyed. The next day, President Franklin Roosevelt declared war and the U.S. entered World War II.

An array of activities has been scheduled to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Pearl Harbor at the USS Arizona National Memorial, including a gathering of the National Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and a keynote address by former NBC anchor, Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation. The USS Arizona is the resting place of 1,177 of the ship’s crew members who died in the attack. Today, internments take place on the ship for some of the surviving 337 crew members who, at their death, wish to be buried with the rest of their crew. To date, there have been 28 such internments.

Check out:

Days of Infamy by Harry Turtledove.

A Date Which Will Live: Pearl Harbor in American Memory by Emily Rosenberg.

USS Arizona to USS Missouri: From Tragedy to Victory (DVD) On Deck Home Entertainment.

Lightning Strike: The Secret Mission to Kill Admiral Yamamoto and Avenge Pearl Harbor by Donald A. Davis.

Hawaii Goes to War: The Aftermath of Pearl Harbor by Wilbur Jones.

The USS Arizona: The Ship, the Men, the Pearl Harbor Attack, and the Symbol That Aroused America by Joy Waldron Jasper.

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