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Local vets remember 77th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor

Submitted by on December 7, 2018 – 12:42 amNo Comment

It was 77 years ago today, that U.S. troops stationed at Pearl Harbor were awakened by gunfire and explosions.

History was made at 7:53 in the morning, on this date in 1941.

A Japanese force of 183 bombers and torpedo planes attacked U.S. military and naval facilities at Pearl Harbor.  The initial attack lasted for 30 minutes.  Fifteen minutes later a second wave of 170 planes launched another assault, lasting an hour.

A total of 2,335 U.S. service personnel were killed in the attack, along with 68 civilians.  Another 1,178 people were wounded.  One-hundred and fifty-one U.S. planes were destroyed on the ground and 18 ships were sunk or run aground, including five battleships.

The following day the United States declared war on Japan.

Local veterans are expected to gather behind the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena at 11 a.m. today, for a tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.

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