69 years ago today, the US suffered a crippling attack at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Navy at Pearl Harbor, and other installations throughout Oahu, in the Territory of Hawaii. It would be the most devastating attack on US soil until 9/11.
The Army took its lumps, to be sure, but the primary target of the Japanese air armada was the US Pacific Fleet, and specifically the ships of Battleship Row. Arizona, California, Maryland, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia. Some were lost forever. Some would rise again to avenge their mates.
A nation was stunned, but at the same time, it was also steeled for the hard, horrible task ahead.