It was a sunny, mostly clear Sunday in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when the unexpected hum of planes cut through the warm Hawaiian air. In a period of just two hours, 353 Japanese aircraft laid siege to the U.S. naval base, sinking 18 ships and destroying nearly 200 aircraft in a sneak attack that killed more than 2,400 Americans and wounded over 1,000 more.
Under a early morning South Pacific sun, softball teams were lining up on the beach. Pitchers warmed up their arms, while batting rosters were finalized and the wives and kids came over from seaside church services.
They did not know that for hours the Japanese naval fleet and air forces had been speeding across the ocean toward America's Pacific base. There, like a string of pearls draped across the docks and waterfront, was the majority of America's naval might.
The devastating Japanese onslaught began at 7:48 a.m., eventually killing 2,402 Americans and wounding many others, sinking four battleships and damaging many more.
The Pearl Harbor attack spurred America into World War II, leading ultimately to Allied victory over the Japanese in the East and Nazis and other Axis powers in the West. And the country promised never to forget this day of infamy.
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Won't You Join In With Project Five Star?
The First Coast Tea Party, will be initiating "Project Five Star" at the direction of Bob Tipton. This endeavor is
underway to provide necessities for veterans in transition at Jacksonville's local "Five Star." You will notice the
boxes that will be filled with items to help our heroes that are in need for some support at this time of their lives.
"Project Five Star" will provide a filled box of those needed day to day items. You will have the opportunity to
provide that box with a donation of $15.00. This is a simple way for you to make a big difference in the life of
one of our heroes that has put on the uniform and served our America. (Five Star is a place to live for
homeless vets transitioning to stability.)
If you would like to participate, please send a $ 15.00 check made out to the FCTP. On the memo line, please
add "Project Five Star." Mail your check or drop off your $ 15.00 contribution to the First Coast Tea Party office
at 11437 Central Parkway, Suite 107, Jacksonville 32224. In addition, if you would like, you may add a short note
of thanks that would be included in your box. The personal notes gives a sincere connection to our veterans.
Contact 683-3945 if you plan to drop off your donation at the office as our office hours are currently limited