Monday, December 7, 2009

December 7: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. On this day we remember the events of December 7, 1941, when Japanese plans attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in the U.S. territory of Hawaii. More than 2,300 Americans were killed in the attack, which also destroyed the U.S.S. Arizona, capsized the U.S.S. Oklahoma, sank three other ships, damaged many additional vessels, and destroyed more that 180 aircraft. The next day President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan and the United States officially entered World War II.

The Stephen B. Luce Library has an ongoing online exhibit on Pearl Harbor and the events and aftermath of the December 7, 1941 attack. The exhibit features late Lieutenant Commander William F. Muir, USNR, New York State Maritime Academy Class of 1939 who survived the Pearl Harbor attack while serving as Senior Assistant Engineer Officer onboard the Ammunition Ship USS PYRO (AE-1). It also highlights selected Internet resources and books available at the Luce Library.
You can view the online exhibit here:

Below are some additional Internet resources from the Library of Congress's American Memory Collection and from the National Park Service.