The Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor remain among the most significant turning points in world history.

In less than two hours, surprise raids claimed over 2,000 lives and injured more than 1,000. Combined loss and damage to the U.S. Military fleet included 21 ships and 347 aircraft.

To their sacrifice, we are eternally grateful.

Let us also remember the astonishing American perseverance and innovation that followed in the aftermath of the attacks. Despite the wounds at Pearl Harbor, the United States immediately mobilized its resources to defend freedom.

On Dec. 8, 1941, the U.S. declared war with Japan at the call of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Infamy Speech, and nearly unanimous congressional approval.

Brave men and women across America responded urgently. Millions of men entered the armed forces, while women on the home front worked in factories to build the military materials and industrial infrastructure to support the war effort.

United, the tremendous Allied response dismantled our tyrannical adversaries with devastating force.

On Sept. 2, 1945, Japan officially surrendered to the United States aboard the USS Missouri.

Today, G&A honors Pearl Harbor with excerpts from our authentic, archived copy of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin from Dec. 7, 1941.

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