A 78th anniversary memorial ceremony in honor and remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu, Hawaii, is scheduled for 2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Winnemucca Masonic Lodge Hall located at 515 Baud Street. American Legion Post 5, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 5, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12116 and Winnemucca Lodge No. 19, F & A M of Nevada are jointly sponsoring the event. Area veterans and the public are invited to attend. 

On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, forces of the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack on American Army, Navy and Marine Corps forces at Pearl Harbor and Oahu, Hawaii. 

Americans killed in action included: 2008 Navy and 218 Army personnel, 109 Marines and 68 civilians. 

In an address to Congress on December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared:

“December 7, 1941 – a day which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan …. Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.”

All eight battleships in port were sunk or damaged including the USS Arizona (BB 39); the USS Oklahoma (BB 37) and the USS Utah (AG 16), which were total losses. 

A total of 21 Navy vessels were sunk or damage of which 18 were repaired and returned to service, including the USS Nevada (BB 36) the only battleship able to get underway during the attack, but which had to be run aground to avoid being sunk in the main harbor channel.

Almost miraculously, all Navy aircraft carriers were at sea at the time and were not damaged by Japanese forces.

The heroism of sailors, soldiers and marines during the attack was recognized with 15 receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor (the nation’s highest award for valor)in combat). An additional 51 received the Navy’s second highest award, the Navy Cross.

For additional information please call Paul Schlehr at 775-304-0741 or Lewis Trout at 775-623-2710.