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December 7, 2012 / iDriveWarships

USS Pearl Harbor Holds Pearl Harbor Remembrance Event on 71st Anniversary

The crew of dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) assemble for a commemoration ceremony in remembrance of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on U.S. forces.

It was “a date which will forever live in infamy,” according to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii—an act that brought the U.S. into World War II. On Dec. 7, 1941, six Japanese carriers launched planes that attacked U.S. ships and many military installations, preventing the U.S. from launching a counterattack.

In all, 21 ships in the U.S. Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged, and 188 aircraft were destroyed or damaged. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,170 wounded. The greatest loss of life occurred aboard the USS Arizona (BB-39), when an armor-piercing bomb ignited the ship’s forward ammunition magazine. The resulting explosion and fire killed 1,177 crew members.

To honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice 71 years ago today, the USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) held a remembrance event with sponsors from the San Diego Chapter of the Surface Navy Association at Naval Base San Diego. Vice Adm. John Nyquist (Ret), former Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, and author/historian Vincent O’Hara shared their experiences, perspective and memorabilia from the attacks.

The crew of dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor assembled on the flight deck to pay tribute to the lives lost on that fateful December morning—a reminder of the great risk they take in serving their country every day.

*Photo by MC1 (SW/AW) Donald Walton

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