December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan attacked the United States’ naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
December 8, 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered one of the most famous of all American political speeches to a Joint Session of Congress – known today as the “Infamy Speech” and the “Pearl Harbor Speech”. (Click on the photograph below to hear this speech).
Within an hour of the speech, Congress passed a Declaration of War against the Empire of Japan and officially brought the United States into World War II.
“Yesterday – December 7, 1942 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attached by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan”.
President Roosevelt went on and stated: “No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory”.
In total, 2,403 Americans died and 1,178 were wounded. Eighteen ships were sunk or run aground including five battleships. All Americans killed were non-combatants given the fact that no state of war existed at the time of attack.
We remember this date and the Americans who lost their lives.