Seventy-two years ago today, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by air. This was the report filed that day by the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON — White House says Japs attack Pearl Harbor.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 — President Roosevelt said in a statement today that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from the air.
The attack of the Japanese also was made on all naval and military “activities” on the island of Oahu.
The president’s brief statement was read to reporters by Stephen Early, presidential secretary. No further details were given immediately.
At the time of the White House announcement, the Japanese ambassadors, Kichisaburo Nomura and Saburo Kurusu, were at the State Department.
2,402 Americans were killed, and 1,247 were wounded during the attack. Most of those killed were stationed aboard the USS Arizona, whose forward magazine exploded after a direct hit.
God bless and keep those who served and gave their lives that day.