Today marks the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan. The attack was devastating, over 3,000 service men and civilians were killed or wounded. This surprise attack led the United States to declare war on Japan and few days later entered World War II.
In today’s Times-Tribune, we have a story from the Washington Post on the discovery of letters penned by the members of the Eydes Family of Rockford, Illinois during World War II. http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/what-i-saw-i-will-never-forget-one-war-four-brothers-and-their-letters-1.2276421
In today’s Citizens’ Voice, they have a story of how the family of the late U.S. Army Sgt. John Ostrum of Wilkes-Barre finally received his war medals after 75 years. Ostrum was a firefighter in Army Air Corp stationed at Wheeler Field in Hawaii. The air base was also attacked by the Japanese on December 7. http://citizensvoice.com/news/family-of-veteran-who-survived-pearl-harbor-attack-recalls-his-service-1.2276325
In 2016 Times-Tribune, staff reporter David Singleton writes about Walter Paciga, a member of the U.S. Navy, who is believed to be the only resident of Lackawanna County to be killed at Pearl Harbor – http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/seaman-walter-paciga-the-life-and-death-of-a-pearl-harbor-hero-1.2127142
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY had n exhibit running on the attack on Pearl Harbor. The exhibit “Day of Infamy: 24 Hours that Changed History” centered on the 24 hours following the attack. Here are few images from the exhibit.
Audio of President Franklin Roosevelt’s address to Congress on December 8, 1941 –
Pearl Harbor Documents and Photographs – FDR Library – https://fdrlibrary.org/ph-historic-materials
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument – https://www.nps.gov/valr/index.htm
Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary – National Archives – https://www.archives.gov/calendar/pearl-harbor-75