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Remembering Pearl Harbor

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Courtesy Photo

By Beth Lamb
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 7, 1941, also known as “the day that will live in infamy” resulted in the loss of 2,341 U. S. service members and American entry into World War II. 

The Japanese attack relied on the element of surprise with a straightforward strategy to destroy the Pacific Fleet.  When the U.S.S. Arizona sank, it was holding 1.4 million gallons of oil.  Droplets of oil from the sunken Navy vessel still rise to the surface of Pearl Harbor every day.  Survivors of the attack refer to them as Black Tears or Tears of the Arizona. 

Saturday, December 7th at 11 a.m., VFW Post 10624 will host a Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant. 
Pacific Historic Parks is working with the National Park Service to restore the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. 

Visit for more information about this project and how you can help. 


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