'DATE THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY'
ABOVE VIDEO: Step back to the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, and then forward to a U.S. Navy whose heritage remains true to that infamous day, all the while protecting American interests at home and abroad. (Video aired in 2016)
The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise preemptive military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon the United States (a neutral country at the time) against the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941.
The attack led to the United States’ formal entry into World War II the next day.
In the wake of the attack, 15 Medals of Honor, 51 Navy Crosses, 53 Silver Stars, four Navy and Marine Corps Medals, one Distinguished Flying Cross, four Distinguished Service Crosses, one Distinguished Service Medal, and three Bronze Star Medals were awarded to the American servicemen who distinguished themselves in combat at Pearl Harbor.
Additionally, a special military award, the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal, was later authorized for all military veterans of the attack.
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