On December 7, 1941 the country Japan took America by surprise by launching a surprise attack against the naval base, Pearl Harbor.
The attack was not a complete surprise to officials at Washington, due to the intelligence division having broken the Japanese codes hours before the attack, however, the poor weather interfered in conveying the message.
A total of eighteen battle ships had been damaged or sunk along with the destruction and damage of 300 aircrafts. 2,403 people lost their lives in the surprise attack.
"We're being attacked by the Japs!" "Get to your stations!"
The attack was a tragedy that killed thousands and angered many. FDR gave his famous "Infamy Speech" at a joint session with Congress.
"Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy. . ."
The attack was a tragedy that gave people the resolve to enter into WWII. FDR had been given the opportunity to enter into the war to fight the Axis Powers.
"Let us fight!" "We need to go to war!" "We'll bring the fight to them next"
The next day of the attack, the United States declared war on Japan taking kind to Germany, Italy, and Japan declaring war on December 11, 1941.