WE REMEMBER ! In spite of rewriting of history

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Dec. 7, 1941:  Japanese Naval air forces strike Pearl Harbor (Oahu, Hawaii), the main U.S. Naval base there, the anchored American fleet, and an Army airfield in a tactically successful albeit strategically ruinous â€"sneak attack” that will fully thrust America into World War II.

The attack is conducted in two waves: The first wave of 183 enemy aircraft strikes just before 8:00 a.m. The second wave of 170 planes hits a little after 8:30 a.m.

By day's end, 2,718 American sailors, 582 soldiers (including Army Air Forces​ personnel), 178 Marines, and 103 civilians will be dead, dying or wounded. Scores of American ships will be sunk ' including four battleships and two destroyers ' or badly damaged, and nearly 200 aircraft will be destroyed.

The attack is not an isolated event, as Japanese forces simultaneously strike American and British military targets with a dizzying series of attacks across the Pacific.

Dec. 8, 1941:  U.S. Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, referring to Dec. 7 as â€"a date which will live in infamy,” asks Congress for a declaration of war against the Japanese empire.

Within hours, Congress officially declares war on Japan.

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