Whitesburg KY

Attack on Pearl Harbor

Dec. 2 was the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Perl Harbor.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s words rang true when he said, Dec. 7, 1941, was a day, “. . . that will live in infamy.”

Three hundred and fifty Japanese aircraft attacked the Pacific Fleet while it lay at anchor on a Sunday morning on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. In just under two hours, approximately 2,400 Americans were dead, with more than 1,300 injured.

Until the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, this was the deadliest attack on American soil.

During my 27-year military career, I was either assigned to Hawaii or refueling our plane to fly on to the Far East eight times, before and after it became a state.

My last assignment was the Pentagon, and my workplace on the third floor had very little damage .

This old boy will never forget these attacks.

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