Monday, December 7th marks 74 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor.
On December 7th, 1941 Japanese fighter planes launched a surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii. According to history, more than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died, and another 1,000 were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan.
It was the Pearl Harbor event which led the United States to join World War II.
Memorials will take place around the nation every year.
For more than two decades San Pedro Harbor was the homeport for many of the ships attacked on December 7, including the battleships California, Pennsylvania and Arizona. Battleship IOWA’s sister ship the Missouri currently resides as a memorial in Pearl Harbor.
IOWA Remembers is an annual series of events and ceremonies presented by the Pacific Battleship Center (PBC) aboard Battleship IOWA.
Please visit www.pacificbattleship.com