PEARL HARBOR X USS BOWFIN SUBMARINE MUSEUM & PARK
-- The attack commenced at 7:55 A.M. on Sunday, December 7, 1941.
-- The attack lasted 110 minutes, from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.
-- The first wave of Japanese planes struck Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m. The second wave reached Pearl Harbor around 8:40 a.m.
-- The Japanese fleet consisted of 353 planes.
-- U.S. servicemen identified the invading planes as Japanese because of the “meatballs,” what they called the large, red circle (the Rising Sun) on the side of Japanese planes.
-- All eight U.S. battleships were either sunk or damaged during the attack. Amazingly, all but two (the Arizona and the Oklahoma) were eventually able to return to active duty.
-- A total of 2,335 U.S. servicemen were killed and 1,143 were wounded. Sixty-eight civilians were also killed and 35 were wounded.
-- The United States declared war on Japan the next day as FDR gave his famous “Day of Infamy” speech to Congress.
-- President FDR made a last minute edit to his speech, changing “a day that will live on in world history” to “a day that will live in infamy”
-- The United States declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941, the day following the attack on Pearl Harbor.