Seventy Five years ago 365 Japanese aircraft from six aircraft carriers attacked Pearl Harbor.
The Japanese damaged eight Battleships, sinking four, and sunk or damged numerous other ships, 188 landbased aircraft, and other facilties.
2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded
The Japanese attack, along with numerous other attacks at other American facilities the same day, was meant to keep America from interfering with Japanese plans to dominate Asia.
It didn’t work. All it did was make the United States to declare war on Japan.
Japan awoke the sleeping giant and made us mad. It took several years but we beat them.
It is one of those events that wwe will never forget. We were caught unawares and paid the price. Nothing like it ever happened again until the radical Islamic cowards killed thousands of civilians in the US years later.
So a couple years ago we got to visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.
Normally I take lots of photographs everywhere I go, but it didn’t seem right to do so when I was actually there. The place is so sacred and humbling. Time stands still. It is actually a tomb for sailors whose bodies are still inside the ship.
Across the way, is the USS Missouri. My brother Bob served on her during the 80’s when she re-entered service. I got to attend the rechristening in San Francisco. That was a highlight of my life.