70 years ago, America entered World War Two with Japan, as the allied troops were fighting overseas in Europe with the Germans, along side the Russians and European union troops to liberate the axis of evil nation, Germany from the aftermath of the Holocaust, that killed millions of innocent Jews under German rule.
The attack on Pearl Harbor seventy years ago on December 7th, 1941, awoke a gentle giant from her sleeping ship and brought the country further into despair as WWII dragged on.
The surprise assault from the Japanese further strained the relations between the two countries as the Japanese Navy furiously destroyed parts of the American navy fleet stationed in Pearl Harbor.
The surprise attack by the Japanese took out 8 Battleships, 4 of them were destroyed or sunk, 3 Cruisers, 3 Destroyers, 1 Anti-Aircraft Training Ship and one Minelayer – their intended targets were the American Carriers, but – none were in the harbor at the time of the attack.
2,402 people were killed with more than, 1,282 wounded.
It is unknown how many aircraft were destroyed in the attack by the Japanese, but, the airfields surrounding the harbor and nearby air fields were destroyed in the attack – only a few of them were able to get off the ground and pursue the aggressors in the air.
America had no choice – but, to declare war on Japan and the battle continued into the far reaches of the Western Pacific as General Doolittle and his airman sailed to Japan among a fleet of Naval vessels and aircraft carriers to the first ever bombing raids of the was known at the time as the “Flying Fortresses" to Japan, shortly after Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7th, 1941.
Seventy years later, those who lost their lives in the first ever surprise attack on American soil were remembered for the final time today in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association has lost many of those who survived the essence of war on December 7th, 1941 – many have moved on, some have passed away and some have had financial means no longer to attend the services marking the fateful day America was attacked by Japan.
The war with Japan has made many headlines in the last seventy years since World War II – Many have been forgotten about their ultimate sacrifice they have given their country and many have been through the means serving their country for life.
For those who survived to tell the story of the Pearl Harbor or the infamous “D-Day” invasion and liberation of France of the German rulers who occupied France was the turn point in Germany’s ultimate mistake in losing the war against the allied forces and the United States.
The liberation of France and Pearl Harbor were two completely different war fronts and their stories are completely different as they are told by those who survived serving the stories of World War II.
Today, we honor those who gave their ultimate all in defending America from the aggression of the Japan during World War II, that caused America to enter a period of history, that has never been forgotten in over seventy years, since the fate she was awoken from a sleeping giant.
Many of you that read this blog post may never understand, that WWII was turning for all out war against world powers from 1939 to 1945. The Cold War against the Americans and Russia continued for 46 years after World War II.
The Japanese lost their fight with the American forces in the Pacific after the twin droppings of the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 – one month later, Japan surrendered aboard the decks of the USS Missouri.
World War II was a global war that should never be forgotten. It’s place in history shall remain versed as a lesson learned by all.