December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor USS ArizonaOn Pearl Harbor Day, ‘Forgive not forget’
People of my generation can recall where they were Dec. 7, 1941, when radios told us Pearl Harbor had been bombed. I was on the farm in Wisconsin when our battery- powered radio told us of the attack. My uncle, Allen Berry, and his family were there for a Sunday chicken and squirrel dinner. Their son Jerry was serving on a submarine in the Pacific at that time and survived the entire war in action….”

“…a date which will live in infamy”

Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial“Over 3,500 Americans were killed or wounded in 2 waves of terror lasting 2 long hours.

“350 aircraft were destroyed or damaged.

“All 8 battleships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were sunk or badly damaged – including the U.S.S. Arizona.

“And yet all of America’s aircraft carriers remained unscathed.

“The sinking of the USS Arizona ended the story of the invincible battleship and began a new story about the superiority of the mighty aircraft carrier.”

Pearl Harbor Survivor Bill Johnson

Remember Pearl Harbor

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The forward magazines of the U.S. Navy battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) explode shortly after 08:00 hrs during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (USA), 7 December 1941. via Wikipedia.
Photo of USS Arizona Memorial by PH3(AW/SW) Jayme Pastoric, USN, via United States Navy Band on Facebook.
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Jan. 20, 2004) — Pearl Harbor survivor Bill Johnson stares at the list of names inscribed in the USS Arizona Memorial. Johnson visited the memorial to pay respects to the Sailors killed that day, particularly his friend and high school buddy, W N Royals, 64 years after the attack. He also met with Rear Adm. Paul F. Sullivan, Commander, U.S. Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, who presented him with a command coin. He also received a pier side tour of USS La Jolla (SSN 701) and toured the Bowfin Museum. Johnson served in the U.S. Navy as a Torpedoman 1st Class for seven years and made several patrols aboard USS Holland and USS Devilfish. While on Patrol in the Pacific aboard USS Devilfish, Johnson and his shipmates survived a kamikaze attack and also managed to escape an enemy minefield. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist David Rush. (RELEASED) via Wikipedia.

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One thought on “December 7, 1941

  1. If you’ve seen the mini-series or read Winds of War/War and Remembrance, you might remember that the fictitious character, Byron Henry, served on the USS Devilfish.

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