Nation Remembers Pearl Harbor Attack

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Japan

USS Arizona Memorial

It was a quiet Sunday morning in Hawaii 70 years ago today when hundreds of Japanese warplanes swooped down to attack most of the U.S. Pacific fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor.

The attack would plunge the isolationist-minded United States into World War II.

It was a deadly day for all. Nearly 2400 Americans lost their lives in the attack. Twelve ships were sunk or beached; nine others were damaged. The U.S. lost 164 aircraft. On the Japanese side, 64 died and 29 planes were destroyed.

A day later, President Franklin Roosevelt went before Congress to ask for a declaration of war. Congress approved it within hours.

Survivors will be on hand today to pay homage to those who died.

Also today, Tryon Palace is focusing on the life of a New Bern man who graduated from the US Naval Academy 12 days after Pearl Harbor and was sent to fight in World War II. Ensign Henry Purefoy Whitehurst, Jr. was one of the state's first casaulties in that war.

And as a reminder, all US and North Carolina flags have been ordered to be flown at half-staff today.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:50 AM
    Ancient history and more mindless rhetoric from those who worship our so-called "heroes".
  • by VN Vet on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:58 AM
    Here are some more facts about Pearl Harbor & the month of Dec 1942--When Japan attacked us at Pearl, they also attacted Wake, Middway, Guam, Okinawa, and the Phillippens. We also lost servicemen there. Thank you my brothers.
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      by 250 on Dec 7, 2011 at 07:15 AM in reply to VN Vet
      Thanks for airing that VN! There is a slight riff if you may of feelings between native Okinawans about mainland Japanese.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:39 AM
    What gets me is the notion [it came from liberals, of course] that we should apologize to Japan for our dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We only finished the fight that they started. Did THEY apologize for for Pearl Harbor?!
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:50 AM
    Having the priviledge of being being stationed in hawaii and Okinawa while serving with the Marines I toured the Pearl harbor memorial. The ship does bleed! It was Dec 7,1985. The moment of silence was extremely moving. You can hear the moans and screams.The lapping of water. You can scan outward to the mountains and it is very spiritual. It renewed in me my reasons for enlisting for defense of this great country. Any of our branches currently active or reserve reading this: MAY OUR LORD "YOUR'" GOD BLESS YOU! Any that are out from service: THANK YOU!
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Dec 7, 2011 at 03:49 AM
    May God Bless all of the past, present, and future service members and our families.
  • by Dawg on Dec 7, 2011 at 03:35 AM
    It would be nice if teachers took today to actually teach about Pearl Harbor. So many people 30 and below have no idea what today really means in American History. If you don't learn from history you will repeat it. Please teachers take the time to teach the children about Pearl Harbor, Hitler and all the horrors of that time. Please don't doom our youth to reliving some thing so horrible, to learn about it.
  • by don't let school kids forget on Dec 7, 2011 at 03:10 AM
    Do they still teach about Pearl Harbor? I thought the l;iberals wanted to rewrite history and take out things they don't agree with. This is one of the big events that made us "arrogant" as to help people.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:34 AM in reply to don't let school kids forget
      Sorry, liberals are the ones that want to teach facts; like evolution. Republicans are the one that want to rewrite the text-books to include faith in science classes. If they'll do that there's no telling what they'd do to a history book. With
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        by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 08:40 AM in reply to
        Evolution is a theory until the "missing link" is found. Liberals ar ethe ones who want to change the history of the "war of northern (or southern)Agression" to make it just about slavery instead of the states rights to goveren themselves. Liberals don't want others ro know that it wasn't just japanese people put in internment camps, it was also germans and italians. The Founding Fathers question is getting really old, really quick. Liberals want God taken out if everything. They also want to change the reasons we used 2 nuclear devices to end WWII. These are the "facts" they want changed.
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      by Sick Of Partisan Jerks on Dec 7, 2011 at 06:13 AM in reply to don't let school kids forget
      It wasn't a liberal who forgot in 2001, it was GEORGE W. BUSH! My father was a WWII vet and a lifelong liberal Democrat. You should shut your partisan mouth.
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