December 7th, 1941 is a huge date in American history. The nation reacted with shock at the Japanese surprise attack on our naval facilities at Pearl Harbor.
353 Japanese fighters, bombers, and torpedo planes launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U-S Navy battleships were damaged … four of them sunk. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. 188 U-S aircraft were destroyed … 2,402 Americans were killed … and 1,282 wounded.
Japanese losses: 29 aircraft and five midget submarines … 65 servicemen killed or injured.
From that moment forward “sneaky” would be an adjective used to describe our enemy in the Pacific.
We went to war with a common goal and set free the American industrial machine. For once, Americans were all on the same page. Within a few months, our military was striking back ferociously. Our people ultimately demonstrated to the world what our nation is capable of doing when we are united in a cause.