On this day 71 years ago, the Japanese started their attack on Pearl Harbor just before 8:00 a.m. In less than two hours, they managed to destroy almost 300 airplanes, damage or destroy all 8 of the U.S. Pacific Fleet battleships, and damage destroyers and other ships.
The above postcard was mailed less than 2 years after the attack on February 11, 1943. “Remember Pearl Harbor!” Over 2,500 people died, with almost half of these deaths resulting from the destruction of the USS Arizona. This battleship had fueled up the day before with 1.5 million gallons of fuel. Since December 7, 1941, the USS Arizona’s wreckage has been leaking oil into the harbor, currently at a rate of 9 quarts everyday.
Listen below to a clip of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous speech.