Pearl Harbor as viewed from Hickham Field.

Day Of Infamy At Seventy-Two – December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor as viewed from Hickham Field.

Pearl Harbor as viewed from Hickham Field.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – News reports via Mutual Broadcasting System – December 7, 1941 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Seventy-two years on, the event which triggered our involvement in World War 2 is getting further and further from the collective memory. Much the same way the beginning of America‘s involvement in World War 1 has been all but forgotten. The witnesses have, almost completely gone from World War 1 and the witnesses from World War 2 are fading at an almost daily rate.

Still, one terrible event, a surprise attack which took the lives of some 2400 military personnel and civilians living in Hawaii around Pearl Harbor on this day in 1941 became etched into the collective psyche of a nation. Much the same way you can’t say 9/11 and not conjure up some memory of that event.

For those of you vaguely familiar with the events surrounding World War 2, here are several news reports presented on December 7, 1941 by way of the Mutual Broadcasting System from Los Angeles and from Washington.

At the time, terrifying.


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