The USS Arizona sinks after the Japanese bombing at Pearl Harbor, taking with it 1,177 crew members.
By Emma Rausch
Wednesday, Dec. 7, commemorates “a date which will live in infamy” as it marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
On Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, Imperial Japan launched a surprise military strike against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, then Hawaiian territory.
In just two hours, starting at 7:55 a.m. Hawaiian time, 12:55 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, more than 2,000 Americans lost their lives, another 1,178 were wounded and about 188 U.S. aircrafts were destroyed.
The attack sent shockwaves around the country as news spread of the attack. The following day, Dec. 8, the United States declared war on Japan and entered World War II.
Following the Tokyo Trials, the airstrike was judged to be a war crime.
While 75 years have since passed, there are lessons still to be learned from that day and the years that followed, according to two Wabash World War II veterans.
Posted on 2016 Dec 06