121207-N-XD424-066 PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 07, 2012) Pearl Harbor survivors salute during the 71st Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration. More than 2000 guests, including Pearl Harbor survivors and other veterans, attended the National Park Service and U.S. Navy-hosted joint memorial ceremony at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. This year’s theme focused on “Coming of Age – From Innocence to Valor.” (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin W. Sisco)
Today is December 7th. On this date in 1941, the Japanese attacked the U.S. Naval station at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The following day, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed Congress referencing the "day that will live in infamy." A video of his speech is attached.
The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7, 1941, and it was a complete surprise, considering the U.S. had remained neutral in World War II. Pearl Harbor newspaper accounts described that shocking event for the record books and outlined how, within minutes of the Japanese attack, seven of eight battleships took major hits from bombs and torpedoes.