- "A day that will live in infamy" - F.D.R.
One survivor of the devastating Pearl Harbor attack said, “Remember the people who gave their lives. They say we are heroes, but we are not. We are survivors. The heroes are still out there.”
The photo above was widely publicized in the United States during World War II and was used to help sell War Bonds. It shows the sinking of the battleship USS West Virginia.
Sailors in the motor launch in the foreground above are looking for survivors in the water near the USS West Virginia.
This photo shows the battleship USS Tennessee sinking.
The battleship USS Arizona is sinking in this photo.
I was in the 2nd grade when Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Empire of Japan.
My parents were both natives of South Dakota. In the fall of 1941 we moved into Sioux Falls from the little town of Hurley.
At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack we were living at 518 South Duluth Avenue (pictured below).
On the left is how the house looked in 1941 with the front porch enclosed. On right is a recent Googe street view photo showing the house as it looks now
The Pearl Harbor attack began at 7:48 a.m. on Sunday morning December 7, 1941.
That night the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspaper printed a broadsheet that a newsboy delivered through our neighborhood shouting “Extra, Extra - we are at war!”
My dad and Ed Togel talked about what they thought would happen next.
As a second grader I was was very naïve about most things that weren’t in my own little world and I was frightened about talk of war.
Pearl Harbor was a wake-up all for everyone -- young and old alike.