JAPAN LAUNCHES RECKLESS ATTACK ON U. S IN A DESPERATE GAMBLE ON VICTORY OR SUICIDE, IT STRIKES FIRST BLOW AT HAWAII
This was the headline for the article that appeared on December 15, 1941 in LIFE magazine. As we approach the 66th anniversary of what was called by President Roosevelt a “Date that will live in infamy” we feel compelled to remind people of this event and to bring a renewed sense of what this country has been through in the past and what it is facing today in the constant battle for freedom.
As the article goes on to say “Out of the Pacific skies last week World War II came with startling suddenness to America. It was 7:35 a.m. on a Sunday morning the aggressors’ favorite day—when two Japanese planes, wearing on their wings the Rising Sun of Japan, flew out of the western sky over the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Japan had seized the initiative and was making the most of the aggressor’s privilege to strike the first blow. With reckless daring Japan aimed this blow at the citadel of American power in the Pacific, the great naval fortress of Pearl Harbor. Close observers of Japan have said for years that if that country ever found itself in a hopeless corner it was capable of committing national hara-kiri by flinging itself at the throat of its mightiest enemy. Japan has found itself in just such a corner. It could not retreat without losing all and it could not advance another step without war”. (more…)