Monday, December 07, 2009

December 7, 2009 Pearl Harbor Day

Pearl Harbor Day. December 7, 1941. 
The day after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt inspired the nation with a moving speech before Congress. See and hear the speech here.

The News-Sentinel has an article on an 86-year old man who enlisted in the navy as a teenager just five months prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. On December 7, 1941, Ed Johann was serving as a seaman, ferrying passengers to and from the USS Solace, a hospital ship moored at Pearl Harbor. He saw planes coming toward the harbor and thought they were American planes conducting drills. Johann only realized that they were Japanese planes when the explosions began and the screams of American sailors could he heard.  Johann will return to Pearl Harbor for the first time today.

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