‘We felt our whole existence was at stake’
As was predicted more than seven decades ago, today lives on in “infamy.”
At 7:55 a.m. on this day in 1941, Japanese fighter planes began sweeping over a Hawaiian military base, dropping bombs on unassuming civilians and service members. For nearly two hours, the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor continued.
By the time invading planes stopped bombing, 2,388 Americans were dead, and 1,178 were wounded. Twenty-one ships sank or were heavily damaged, and more than 320 aircraft were destroyed or badly battered.
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