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Tomorrow marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This meticulously planned attack by the Japanese pushed the United States into World War II and fighting for good against the Axis powers.
In just two hours, an incredible blow was dealt to the American people as service members were caught completely off guard by the attack. For a thorough rundown of what happened that fateful day, take a look at the timeline of events that National Geographic has put together.
Let us never forget the hardships that our nation and its warriors faced this day 72 years ago, or what today’s warriors are up against. Please take a moment to remember what our country went through and those we lost.
“Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island shortly after the beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance.” [Wikipedia]
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The US Air Force has Admiral Yamamoto quoted as saying it: http://www.pacaf.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123034638
Although the quote may well have encapsulated many of his real feelings
about the attack, there is no printed evidence to prove Yamamoto made
this statement or wrote it down. Its false. Its taken from the movie.
It is just a line from a movie.
@ryukyustriker Yeah it looks like there's no actual evidence. Very interesting.
"Randall Wallace, the screenwriter of Pearl Harbor, readily admitted that he copied the line from Tora! Tora! Tora!. The director of Tora! Tora! Tora!, Richard Fleischer, stated that while Yamamoto may never have said those words, the film's producer, Elmo Williams, had found the line written in Yamamoto's diary. Williams, in turn, has stated that Larry Forrester, the screenwriter, found a 1943 letter from Yamamoto to the Admiralty in Tokyo containing the quotation. However, Forrester cannot produce the letter, nor can anyone else, American or Japanese, recall or find it."