by J. B. Comstock, The Chicago Times
December 7, 2021
PEARL HARBOR, HI – Eighty years ago today Imperial Japanese Naval forces conducted a sneak attack on the U.S. Naval base located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise military attack on the United States just before 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 7, 1941. At the time, as war raged throughout the world, the United States was still a neutral power, and the attack precipitated its entry into World War II on December 8, 1941.
At 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time, the attack began when aircraft from six Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carriers attacked in successive two waves. All eight of the U.S. Navy battleships stationed at Pearl Harbor were severely damaged with five sunk. The U.S.S. Arizona lost 1,177 officers and crew. The attack lasted 90 minutes.
Later that day, following the sneak attack, Japan declared war on the United States and the British Empire. The British government declared war on Japan immediately after discovering that their territory had also been attacked, and the United States Congress declared war on Japan on December 8. On December 11, despite having no formal responsibility to do so under the Tripartite Pact with Japan, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.
In total, 2,403 Americans were killed, with 1,143 injured.