Pearl Harbor: Remember the historic day December 7, 1941, when nearly 2,400 Americans were killed
Today marks exactly the 77th year from the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. It was a move that compelled the United States to partake in World War II.
Without warning, Japanese forces sent war airplanes and submarines to bomb the American navy based in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
The move resulted in the death of 2,335 Americans and the injury of over 1,000. The day after the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war against Japan.
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Roosevelt's words forever live on:
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
The United States then joined the Allies on December 11 to fight against Germany and Italy. Meanwhile, Japan also attacked the Philippines, Guam, and Wake Island.
Seventy-seven years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, survivors, veterans, and visitors from around the world come together in remembrance. Visit https://t.co/qBq4FpZWLX to learn more.— National Park Service (@NatlParkService) December 7, 2018
Image: National World War II Memorial, Washington D.C.#PearlHarborRemembranceDay pic.twitter.com/oQ5ftc3BfU
Other important figures have continued to speak about the unforgettable battle:
Joe Baca said:
“Pearl Harbor caused our nation to wholeheartedly commit to winning World War II, changing the course of our nation's history and the world's future.”
Japan had not sent a declaration of war prior to the attack, leading to charges of war crimes in the 1947 Tokyo Trial.
On #PearlHarbor Remembrance Day, we honor the brave soldiers who fought and died in the 1941 attack. 🇺🇸 “The state of this Nation is good–the heart of this Nation is sound-the spirit of this Nation is strong–the faith of this Nation is eternal.” - President F.D. Roosevelt #FCPD pic.twitter.com/uNekwQPT8V— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) December 7, 2018
The attack consisted of 353 Imperial aircraft from Japan. These bombed five battleships among 18 U.S. Navy ships.
A memorial site built by the USS Arizona receives over two million visitors annually.
Some years ago, former President Barack Obama remembered those who were lost in the attack:
Today is the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The shock and anger felt in the aftermath unified the nation and translated into a decision to enter #WWII. Here’s a thread on the attack adapted from the Navy Historical Foundation's "History of the @USNavy.” #PH77 pic.twitter.com/V9kfxvEHuF— U.S. Naval History (@USNHistory) December 7, 2018
"Seventy years ago today, a bright Sunday morning was darkened by the unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor…We salute the veterans and survivors of Pearl Harbor who inspire us still. Despite overwhelming odds, they fought back heroically, inspiring our nation and putting us on the path to victory."
One of those heroes was Johan van Hulst, who worked as a teacher in Amsterdam in 1942. Across the street from his college, young Jewish children were in a nursery school.
On this day in 1941, 353 Japanese warplanes strike the US Pacific Fleet at #PearlHarbor, Hawaii. The raiders sink four battleships, damage 15 other vessels and kill nearly 2,500 Americans. President Roosevelt famously calls Dec. 7 "a date which will live in infamy." pic.twitter.com/GlZMNsV3cY— Military History Now (@MilHistNow) December 7, 2018
They were placed there before deportation to death camps. Van Hulst saved hundreds of those children's lives by having them get into laundry baskets and moving them to safe locations.
Van Hulst died on March 22, 2018, but he is remembered by the descendants of the estimated 600 children who he saved in World War II. He was 107 when he passed.
Just 1 HERO— aSleuth4Truth (@Just1Journalist) March 30, 2018
Johan van Hulst, son of a furniture upholsterer, & taught teachers at a college in Amsterdam saved the lives of at least 600 Dutch kids helping them escape the Nazis. He died this week at the age of 107:https://t.co/KotJAnc28P pic.twitter.com/WOSj54mCD5
With "Pearl Harbor Day," the nation will always remember those like van Hulst and others who put their lives at risk or gave their lives during World War II.