“A day which will live in infamy”

Pearl Harbor memories virtual scrapbook


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The sinking of the USS Arizona in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor.

The sinking of the USS Arizona in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor.

Here is a detailed account of the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. It is the story and legacy of George DeLong, who was serving on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on that Sunday morning in 1941.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Seaman 1st Class Eugene Woodrow Wicker, only 20 years old, was serving aboard the USS Oklahoma in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese launched their infamous surprise attack. Nine Japanese torpedoes capsized the battleship and Wicker was one of 429 Sailors and Marines from the USS Oklahoma crew to die.

Doris “Dorie” Miller was an unsung hero of World War II. His bravery during Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor helped to save countless lives. His story is here.

Plaque in Pear Harbor, Hawaii, dedicated to those who died on Dec. 7, 1941.

This episode of VA’s “Borne the Battle” focuses on two survivors of Pearl Harbor.

VA Central California Health Care System commemorated the anniversary of Pearl Harbor via virtual ceremony. Medical Center Director Charles O. Benninger insisted on honoring the fallen despite restrictions on large gatherings due to the pandemic. A virtual ceremony was held in observance of the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. “We must always cherish the memory of the brave men and women who gave their all, in service to our grateful nation, on Dec. 7, 1941,” said Benninger.

Virtual broadcast

Here are a blog and extraordinary photo from 2012, when WWII Veterans gathered at the National World War II Memorial to remember Pearl Harbor. And here’s the story of how the Honor Flight Network was born.

“All hell broke loose.” Signalman First Class Paul Kennedy was assigned to the USS Sacramento, which was based in Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 7, Kennedy was asleep when the first wave of Japanese planes set the alarms off. He thought it was a drill. His friend roused him: “‘Get up and go! We’re under attack!”

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Hans Petersen

Hans Petersen is senior writer-editor for Digital Media, VHA Office of Communications. An Air Force Veteran, Hans also served two years in the Peace Corps and worked for 20 years in broadcasting before joining VA.