Amidst the pre-holiday hustle and bustle, some dates get “forgotten.”
Today, December 7, is the 70th anniversary of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor (Hawaii).
According to an online site, the U.S. suffered these casualties, injuries and damages:
- 2,388 died in the attack
- 1,178 were wounded
- 21 ships were sunk or damaged
- 323 aircraft were destroyed or damaged
- 1,177 involved in the attack were serving on the USS Arizona
- 333 serving on the USS Arizona survived the attack
This 70th anniversary year will mark the disbanding of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association on Dec. 31. According to national president William H. Muehleib, the association is disbanding because of “the advanced age and ill health of our membership and the declining numbers of members.”
The formal disbanding announcement will be announced in a ceremony today at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, overlooking the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial with a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. – 70 years to the minute from when the Japanese attack began.