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Pearl Harbor Survivors Share Stories (Video)

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December 7, 2016
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Today marks the 75th anniversary of Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, where more than 2,000 United States service members were killed and several ships were sunk, including the USS Arizona.The attack, which took place at 7:48 Hawaii time, was conducted by 353 Japanese Imperial fighter, bomber and torpedo planes, launched from six different aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged and four were sunk, including the USS Arizona. The Japanese also destroyed 188 U.S. aircraft and damaged or destroyed three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and one minelayer. Japan suffered minimal losses during the attack.One survivor recalled the day in this Fox News piece:

Acts of individual heroism could be witnessed everywhere you looked. Men being strafed as they brought boxes of ammo up ladders to the antiaircraft guns. Other men carrying their wounded buddies to safety, trying desperately to stanch their bleeding. Still others in small boats, navigating through the fiery sea, pulling oil-soaked sailors from the water. Many putting out fires on board their ships. All the while these men were dodging enemy bullets that were cutting everything around them to shreds, including their fellow sailors.

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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, the destroyer USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of the attack that brought the United States into World War II. (AP File Photo)[/caption]President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it a day that "would live in infamy," and rightly so. The unprovoked attack on the United States was the last until the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania.It was a shock to the American public, and the sleeping giant awoke and went to war. The United States mobilized and fought back on both the Pacific front, where the Marines took the lead, and the European theater, where the Army did the majority of the fighting.


Today, we honor those who served at Pearl Harbor by sharing some videos where they tell their stories in detail:

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