81st anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor

It was 81 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.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and across all public buildings and grounds to be lowered to half-staff today, in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

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