The attack on Pearl Harbor , or Hawaii Operation, as called by the Japanese Imperial General HQ, was a surprise military strike conducted by the Japanese navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, later resulting in the US becoming involved in World War II. It was intended as a preventive action to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from influencing the war Japan was planning to wage in Southeast Asia.
The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships (two of which were raised and returned to service late in the war) and damaged four more. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer, destroyed 188 aircraft, and caused personnel losses of 2,402 killed and 1,282 wounded.
The power station, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section) were not hit. Japanese losses were minimal, at 29 aircraft and five midget submarines, with 65 servicemen killed or wounded.
67 years ago today life in the United States was changed forever when an early dawn sneak attack by Japanese planes on our naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 21 ships and 188 aircraft were destroyed, and 2,402 military personnel.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the next day before a joint session of Congress, called December 7, 1941 "a day that will live in infamy."
December 7, 1941 will forever be a day that will be remembered with incredible sadness in American history, along with September 11, 2001, the course of American history has changed forever.