Did You Know?

Did You Know?

December 7, 1941 is the declared a “Day of Infamy” when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. The American navy fleet was at anchor there on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. On this Sunday morning at 7:55 am while many of the servicemen were at breakfast and some still in bed Japanese dive bombers bearing the symbol of the rising sun burst through the clouds. Within seconds the sky was full of their war planes dropping bombs on our ships. The bombers were followed by fighters called Zeros with their machine guns strafing the brave U.S. sailors who rushed to their guns. Senator Jackson B. Davis was stationed there and tells of the fighter planes flying so low you could see the smiles of the Japanese pilots. The attack left 2400 dead, 1200 wounded, 18 ships sunk and 300 American planes destroyed.

News of the disaster left the Americans stunned but not for long. The Japanese Admiral Yamamoto who had planned the attack said soon afterward. “I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant.” On December 8, 1941 the day after the attack President Franklin D. Roosevelt strapped on steel braces and walked up to the podium in the U.S. House Chamber to address the joint houses of Congress. He was on the arm of his son, Jimmy. This was the first time many of the legislators had ever seen him out of his wheelchair. He addressed the joint session and asked for a declaration of war against Japan and their allies.

The above words prefaced the remainder of this article to emphasize how World War II started for the United States. The remainder of this article is dedicated to the Fall of Germany and Italy in Europe on May 7, 1945. W.W.II was aptly named since it evolved into a war of the entire world.


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