Americans react to the Japanese Attack

The USS Shaw explodes during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. December 7, 1941. National Archives “Ten Minutes of Terror” -- Part 4 A 5-Part Series Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor ** Following the 7:57 a.m. Japanese attack on December 7, 1941, the sailors of Pearl Harbor frantically tried... Continue Reading →

Ten Minutes of Terror — Part 3

The USS ARIZONA burns after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, National Archives A 5-Part Series Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor On December 7, 1944, as dawn crested, the Japanese Imperial Navy fleet’s aircraft carriers continued their journey from the North Pacific south toward their prey. Approximately... Continue Reading →

What Led to the Japanese Attack at Pearl Harbor? Part 2

Japanese Zero fighters fly a mission of destruction to Nanzheng, China, 26 May 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia) The Military Build-Up to December 7, 1941 — What happened in the last days of peace before the collision between the United States and Japan? In July 1941 the Japanese leadership made the fateful decision to go... Continue Reading →

What Led to the Japanese Attack at Pearl Harbor? Part 1

This year is the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor which occurred on December 7, 1941. To commemorate that significant event in our nation’s history, each week leading up to that date I’ll post information about it. As you’re reading through the posts, leave a comment to let me know how this... Continue Reading →

WWII Vets Describe the War in Their Own Words

To give you a chance to hear first-hand from some of the amazing veterans I’ve interviewed, I’ve created a Youtube Channel. It contains short (no more than 5 minutes) videos shot at the end of interviews with veterans about what they remembered and thought of their military service during World War II more than 70... Continue Reading →

Sailor Witnesses Surrender to End WWII

Jim Wiegman witnessed the Japanese surrender aboard the USS New Mexico. On September 2, 1945, 19-year-old James Charles Wiegman was one of the few American sailors who had a bird’s eye view of the most important military events in world history. Wiegman of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was at sea aboard the battleship, USS New Mexico,... Continue Reading →

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