Wednesday, December 7, 2011

70 Years Ago Today- Imperial Japan Attacks US Navy Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor

The USS Arizona is the final resting place for more than 1100 American sailors and officers killed in the December 7th, 1941 Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Since 1962, the USS Arizona memorial has straddled the battleship's sunken hull.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the devastating Japanese attack on the US Navy's Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack killed nearly 2400 American servicemen, nearly half of the casualties that day coming from the battleship USS Arizona.

Although tensions across the Pacific were rising due to Imperial Japan's invasion and occupation of Manchuria and the US cutting off oil exports to Japan, the aerial attack on Pearl Harbor was carried on without any formal declaration of war.

At the time, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would declare before a joint session of Congress December 7th "A date which will live in infamy".

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