Dec 7, 1941 — A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

“I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.” — Yamamoto after Pearl Harbor

“When this war is over, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell.” — Admiral Bill Halsey on December 7, 1941

“Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” — FDR, Dec 8, 1941

“What kind of a people do they (Japan) think we are? Is it possible they do not realise that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?” — Winston Churchill

“The attack on Pearl Harbor was plotted in secret, waged without mercy, taking the lives of 2,403 Americans. The shock and chaos came on a quiet Sunday morning. There were acts of great heroism amongst those who survived and those who did not.

Nine who fell that day had Navy ships named after them.

In two hour’s time, for bravery above and beyond the call of duty, 15 men earned the Medal of Honor and 10 of them did not live to wear it.

Young sailors refused to abandon ship even as waters washed over the decks. They chose instead to stay and try to save their friends.

A mess steward carried his commander to safety and then manned a machine gun for the first time in his life.

Two pilots ran through heavy fire to get into their P-40 fighters. They proceeded to chase and shoot down four enemy aircraft.

Those were among the scenes of December the 7th.

On December the 8th, as the details became known, the nation’s grief turned to resolution. During four years of war, no one doubted the rightness of our cause, no one wavered in the quest of victory.

As a result of the efforts and sacrifice of the veterans who are with us today and millions like them, the world was saved from tyranny.”George Bush

7/12/1941 & 9/11/2001. Let us do whatever it takes to make sure we never have to burn another date like that into our memories…

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