Pearl Harbor Anniversary Today

Ed Johann will always remember the sound of bombing planes, explosions and the screams of sailors. The 86-year-old retired firefighter is due to return to Pearl Harbor Monday morning for the first time since the war.

Richard Fiske, a gunner on the USS West Virginia, says the Japanese pilots flew so low he made eye contact with one of them that Sunday morning in 1941. He says for more than 50 years now, he still has dreams about that face.

The Japanese attack sank four American battleships and destroyed 188 planes. Four other battleships were damaged, along with three cruisers and three destroyers. More than 2,200 sailors, Marines and soldiers were killed, many of whom are still entombed in the submerged USS Arizona.

For the United States, the war would last for three years and nine months more, until the Japanese surrendered in September of 1945.


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  • by Oldtimer Location: Eastern NC on Dec 7, 2009 at 07:46 AM
    The President has already bowed to the Japanese Emperor. I guess he would do the same again today to honor the war dead from Japan as well as those Americans who died 68 years ago.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Dec 7, 2009 at 07:45 AM
    there is another pearl harbor attack happening today. the obama administration and the leftist congress. be ware of them. don't turn your back on them.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Dec 7, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    Buzz - You are right. It the current crop of community organizers had been in charge then, we would now be speaking Japanese West of the Mississippi River and German east of the Mississippi. No doubt about it.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Dec 7, 2009 at 04:19 AM
    I'm afraid if this atrosity were to happen under the current watch, that there wouldn't be much done aobut it. Other than some meetings with the u.n., and some other feel good agencies. Buzz-
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Dec 7, 2009 at 03:08 AM
    Never forget! But it seems some are losing their resolve from 9-11.
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