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Quote of the Day: Churchill and the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Quote of the Day: Churchill and the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor”

American officials responded to this aggression with a battery of economic sanctions and trade embargoes.

"They will always be in our hearts", said Davis.

Bill Kennedy, 97, told his story as a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen joined Heather Mabee (center) and other members of the Daughters of the American Revolution for a memorial ceremony at the Congress Park War Memorial on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

To the Japanese, Pearl Harbor was an irresistibly easy target.

Noting that the Pearl Harbor memorial plaque outside the courthouse is a newer addition, Munley recalled visiting Pearl Harbor in 1970, while on a military leave.

"I had just finished breakfast", said Clyde Stephenson, a retired Marine who served aboard the U.S.S. California in Pearl Harbor.

The branch has hosted the tradition in some form since 1966 and used to take ships out to sea to perform wreath-laying ceremonies.

"I can not help but note that just as the crew of the USS Ward was not caught unprepared by peacetime mentality, likewise the Pacific Fleet was not trapped by fear and uncertainty following the attack that morning", he said.

More than 2,300 servicemen were killed in the assault carried out by Japanese airplanes. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 paved the way for more than 110,000 of them to be forced from their homes and imprisoned behind barbed wire during the war. This was accomplished through the combined, bipartisan effort of our elected state representatives, USA representatives, senators and other leaders.

That attack prompted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to ask Congress on December 8, 1941, to declare war on the Japanese Empire.

But they made sure to remember those who were.

Herbert Elfring remembered hearing bombs explode and initially thought the explosions were US training exercises.

"And again, we'll do it for another seven years, okay?" he said. Three days later, Japan's allies Germany and Italy declared war against the United States.

Jim Snow and Louis Thomas also took the time to remember their fathers who fought in World War II.



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