Just before eight o’clock on a Sunday morning, nearly 400 Japanese warplanes attacked the home port of the United States Pacific Fleet.
The results were devastating. Five battleships, three destroyers and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed.
About 2,400 Americans were killed and another 1,200 were wounded, many while attempting to repel the attack.
Because of the attack, the United States entered World War II, a four-year effort costing more than 400,000 American lives. A commemorative ceremony will take place in Pearl Harbor on Monday.
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