December 7, 1941, the day that changed the course of history for the United States.
The vicious attack that killed 2,303 young American men who were not at war united our people to fight a beastly enemy.
My earnest hope is that we have not forgotten the lesson of Pearl Harbor and World War II.
These photographs were taken in peacetime:
U.S.S. Arizona, Pearl Harbor
Naval History and Heritage Command is an excellent source for historical information about the attack on Pearl Harbor and all of the above photographs come from their site.
National Archives page with radiogram and original documents.
U.S.S. West Virginia, Pearl Harbor
The United States and Japan were not at war with each other when Japan attacked our military installations on Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941. Our country had failed to understand the evil and underestimated the threat.
May we learn from our mistakes.