This December 7th marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy” when the Japanese attacked the US naval base in Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Over 2,400 Americans were lost on that day while defending their country.
The battleship USS Pennsylvania was stationed at Pearl Harbor on that fateful day. It was undergoing maintenance in a drydock. This positioning allowed the USS Pennsylvania to be one of the first ships to open fire on the Japanese attackers. During the attack, it sustained minor damage and later served honorably in the Pacific for the remainder of the War.
The state of Pennsylvania lost nearly two dozen of its native sons during the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Included in this total is Chief Boatswain Edwin Joseph Hill of Philadelphia, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the attack. Click here to read more on Chief Boatswain Hill.
Seventy-two years later, I ask that all Pennsylvanians honor and remember the sacrifices that those brave sailors paid at Pearl Harbor. Having occurred so long ago, the members of the “greatest generation” are becoming all the more rare and yet are becoming all the more exceptional as examples to live selflessly and patriotically.