On the morning of December 7, 1941, over 300 Japanese planes bombed the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 2,402 American soldiers died in the battle, with another 1,282 wounded. Many ships were sunk or damaged and 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed.
Japan hoped the surprise attack would cripple the U.S. forces and prevent America from joining the war. Instead, the US declared war the next day.
December 7 is the “day that will live in infamy.”
“Help us, O God our Savior,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
for your name’s sake.”