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‘A Date That Will Live In Infamy’: America Remembers Pearl Harbor 82 Years Later

  It was a quiet Sunday morning when the   Japanese   attack planes — known as “Zeros” because their wings were marked with the same solitar...

 It was a quiet Sunday morning when the Japanese attack planes — known as “Zeros” because their wings were marked with the same solitary red circle that appears on the Japanese flag — appeared over the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor.

The attack targeted the battleships that were in the harbor — but missed the opportunity to take out any of the three aircraft carriers assigned to Pearl, as they were out in the Pacific on maneuvers at the time.

Japanese fighters also targeted nearby Wheeler Field, strafing the planes that were parked wing to wing and taking out 188 U.S. military aircraft and damaging another 159 planes.

Within minutes, the surprise attack was over — and the planes disappeared as quickly as they had come — but the air over Pearl Harbor was thick with smoke that billowed from crippled and sinking ships. All told, 19 U.S. Navy ships — 8 of them battleships — were damaged, disabled, or completely destroyed. The wreckage of the crippled USS Arizona burned for two days.

In less than one hour, 2,403 U.S. military personnel had been killed, along with 68 civilians. Among the dead, 2,008 were Navy personnel, 218 were Army personnel, and 109 were U.S. Marines. Another 1,143 military personnel — and 35 civilians — were wounded in the attack as well.


Within 24 hours, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had called on Congress to declare war on the Empire of Japan. Congress obliged, with almost a unanimous vote, on December 8, 1941. Three days later, the United States was also at war with Nazi Germany.

Eighty-two years after Pearl Harbor, Americans still remember the day that, as Roosevelt said, would forever “live in infamy.”

“Today, we pause to remember ‘a day that will live in infamy’ following a surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Join us in saluting the bravery demonstrated 82 years ago today that has continued to inspire future generations,” the U.S. Army’s official X account shared a video.

“On the 82nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we remember all those who died on that day of infamy—and honor the courage and sacrifice of all those who have answered the call to serve in the days since,” Vice President Kamala Harris posted.

“Today marks the 82nd anniversary of the tragic attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941. We will never forget the 2,403 service members & civilians who perished that day or America’s Greatest Generation who rose in response. Today, and every day, we remember,” the Gary Sinise Foundation posted a tribute as well.

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