Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Survivors recall chilling moments that pulled the U.S. into World War II

On Dec. 7, 1941, a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and other military bases on Oahu, Hawaii, lasted two hours, leaving 21 U.S. ships heavily damaged and 323 aircraft damaged or destroyed. The attack killed 2,390 people and wounded 1,178.

Today, 64 years later, Pearl Harbor survivors will join community leaders and guests for a moment of silence - and to honor the battleship Arizona, which remains submerged under water with the bodies of soldiers still aboard. A survivor recalls that "day of infamy" in the Arizona Republic.

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letter shredder said...

i've interviewed a war veteran for my history class. even at age 101, he spoke clearly and described to me how the japanese maltreated the filipinos then. america played a big role in the history of the philippines (and even until now).

my father's aunt, until now, refuses to talk about their life back then. she's really trembling when it is mentioned. one time she told me a few facts: they all have to hide when the japanese come and ransack their homes; they had to dress their brother as a lady coz the japanese kill and torture the males; she had to wait for the Americans who come in planes to provide some food.

DCS said...

Letter Shredder: I am so glad you had the opportunity to interview that war veteran! What an opportunity!

It saddens me how people treat one another during war. Yes, Filipinos were mistreated. I can understand why your father's aunt is reluctant to recall such painful memories. Thanks for sharing.