Remembering Pearl Harbor: December 7, 1941

December 7, 2010 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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Today, Americans everywhere are taking time to remember the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor. Franklin Delano Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 a date that will live in infamy and as we remember the events of that day sixty-nine years ago that threw the U.S into World War II, take a minute to be thankful for any veterans you may know.

Even though the events of that fateful Sunday afternoon were sixty-nine years ago, for the survivors, memories of December 7, 1941 are still crystal clear. Four battleships were sunk in the Pearl Harbor attack which also damaged most of the U.S. military fleet. The death toll was high at around 2,500 American military and civilians. For Eugene C. Dovidio, the attack was horrific and he nearly lost his life at the young age of 18. He recounts the events:

‘Planes came over and I thought they were practicing, but they weren’t. They were real. Bombs.’ Bombs exploded around him and nearby women and children; shrapnel slicing through both of Dovidio’s knees and shins, pitching him to the ground. ‘That’s when I really changed my mind about a lot of things. I could never describe how bad it was.’

Here are some facts about the attack on December 7, 1941 (via AOL):

American Casualties
- 2,388 Americans died in the attack
- 1178 Americans were wounded
- 21 American ships were sunk or damaged
- 1,177 Americans involved in the attack were serving on the USS Arizona
- 333 servicemen serving on the USS Arizona survived the attack

Japanese Casualties

- 64 Japanese died during the attack; though the number of injuries injuries is unknown
- 5 Japanese ships were destroyed
- 103 Japanese aircraft were destroyed

An average of 4,000 people visit the site of the Pearl Harbor attack each day and 1.5 million people visit the USS Arizona memorial each year

Take a minute to remember on this Pearl Harbor Day.


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