Remember our servicemen on Pearl Harbor Day

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011, seemed like an average day.  Nardin’s Law and American Government class (legal) went on a field trip to the city court, the squash team had a close match against Buffalo Seminary, and Mrs. Reeder announced that we don’t have school on Monday, December 19th.

However, December 7th is deeper than that, since it commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor.  The Japanese hoped to gain more natural resources by taking over areas of Southeast Asia, and as a result, felt a need to take out the American Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor.  At 6:00 a.m. on December 7th, 1941, six Japanese aircraft carriers launched 181 torpedo bombers, horizontal bombers and fighters.  The attack ended shortly after 10:00 a.m.  Over 2,400 were killed (sixty eight of those were civilians), with 1,200 more military and civilian wounded.  The United States suffered damages to over 320 aircraft and lost all eight of their battleships.  They entered into World War II seriously weakened.  The Japanese, on the other hand, only lost twenty-nine planes.

The Japanese prevailed early on in World War II; they fought with little opposition for five months, until the United States began to bring them down at the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway.  However, American forces persevered, angry about Japan’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

So, take a moment to think about December 7th seventy years ago, when the United States was thrust into a war that they were not quite prepared to fight.  They turned things around though; the allies won the war, despite facing many challenges.  So, take a moment and remember our troops on the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.

S. Abell ’12



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