The shock and anger Americans expressed seventy years ago this morning helped unite a divided nation into making a commitment to a victory in World War II.
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 is remembered throughout the nation today. Each year, there are fewer survivors available to tell the story of the Sunday morning raid on airfields and ships on Oahu.
The first wave of 181 Japanese torpedo bombers, dive bombers, horizontal bombers and fighters were launched from six Japanese carriers that had crept to within about 200 miles from Hawaii.
Americans paid a fearful price for the two-hour attack: 2,403 Americans killed, 1,178 wounded. Twenty-one ships sunk or damaged; 188 aircraft destroyed, 159 damaged.