In the early morning hours of Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the United State at Pearl Harbor. The United States of America could no longer remain on the sidelines of the war. Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared it…”a date which will live in infamy”.
Today marks the 67 anniversary of the attack. For me the day is a day I chose to remember my grandfather, Russell Campbell. He was in the Air Force and stationed at Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii. My grandfather passed away just before my 2nd birthday so I did not have the opportunity to know him. I know him by the stories that my parents and my grandmother told of him. The stories of the guard dog near my grandpa being killed by attacking planes or the breaking into the armory to get access to weapons because most couldn’t believe that they were being attacked. My grandpa was lucky and survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and survived World War II. I was lucky in that both my grandfathers served and came home.
Words cannot express the thankfulness of the sacrifice of my relatives to give of their time in the fight against evil and the protection of freedom. Never ever forget that Freedom is not Free.
Thank You Grandpa.
U.S. losses were:
USA: 218 KIA, 364 WIA.
USN: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA.
USMC: 109 KIA, 69 WIA.
Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA.
TOTAL: 2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA.
USS Arizona (BB-39) – total loss when a bomb hit her magazine.
USS Oklahoma (BB-37) – Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor.
USS California (BB-44) – Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS West Virginia (BB-48) – Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS Nevada – (BB-36) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired.
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) – Light damage.
USS Maryland (BB-46) – Light damage.
USS Tennessee (BB-43) Light damage.
USS Utah (AG-16) – (former battleship used as a target) – Sunk.
USS New Orleans (CA-32) – Light Damage.
USS San Francisco (CA38) – Light Damage.
USS Detroit (CL-8) – Light Damage.
USS Raleigh (CL-7) – Heavily damaged but repaired.
USS Helena (CL-50) – Light Damage.
USS Honolulu (CL-48) – Light Damage.
USS Downes (DD-375) – Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Cassin – (DD-372) Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Shaw (DD-373) – Very heavy damage.
USS Helm (DD-388) – Light Damage.
USS Ogala (CM-4) – Sunk but later raised and repaired.
USS Curtiss (AV-4) – Severely damaged but later repaired.
USS Vestal (AR-4) – Severely damaged but later repaired.
USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) – Sunk but later raised and repaired.
188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps.)