A day that both shocked America and sparked the beginning of World War Two. Eighteen months before Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Franklin Roosevelt transferred the U.S. fleet to Pearl Harbor as a deterrent to Japanese aggression. After the shocking attack, thousands of American sailors were left dead.
We spoke with a retired Naval officer in his Eastern Carolina home about the message he received back on December 7th, 1941 while he was stationed in Washington, DC. He heard "air raid, Pearl Harbor. This is no drill, repeat, this is no drill." In June of 1942, the Battle of Midway eliminated much of Japan's striking power.