A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

Sixty-eight years ago today, the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan.  In an instant, our nation was at war.  2,402 were killed and 1,282 injured.  There are countless stories of bravery and selflessness during those horrific three hours.  Fifteen men received the Medal of Honor for their heroism on that brutal Sunday morning:

Marvyn Bennion

John Finn

Francis Flaherty

Samuel Fuqua

Edwin Hill

Herbert Jones

Jackson Pharris

Donald Ross

Robert Scott

Peter Tomich

Van Valkenburg

James Ward

Cassin Young

Thomas Reeves

Isaac Kidd

Home of Heroes (hat tip Endangered in Mass)

Though only these fifteen men received our Nation’s highest award, each would have been quick to point to the courage and valor of the many others who were heroes that day, whose deeds may have passed unnoticed and unheralded.   In almost every community around our Nation, there are still living survivors of that horrible day.  As a nation we owe them much…our respect, our thanks, and our compassion.  But, more than anything else, we owe it to these valiant men, never to forget the events of December 7, 1941.  God bless America.