Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

Wednesday, December 7, 1941: the day Japan bombed the Naval Station at Pearl Harbor, killing 2,403 Americans and injuring 1,178 others ... sinking two U.S. Navy Battleships and damaging five others, three destroyers, and one minelayer, plus destroying 188 aircraft and damaging 159 others. And yet I doubt students attending America’s prestigious universities would be able to tell Jesse Waters (of “Waters’ World”) the significance of the term “National Pearl Harbor Day.”

I was a Guthrie fourth grader when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. It was a fearful day. Clusters of grim-faced men gathered near radios, listening for assurance that death would not fall from the sky again.


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