Admiral Husband E. Kimmel of the Navy, and Lt General Walter C. Short of the Army, were in command of the naval fleet and ground troops at the time. The location of the base, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, made it a prime target for the Japanese attack. The attack of Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7, 1941. The first low-flying Japanese plane was spotted by Lt. Commander Logan C. Ramsey at 7:45 A.M. Ramsey spotted the plane dropping a bomb. He immediately ordered an uncoded telegraph message to go out to every ship and base: AIR RAID PEARL HARBOR – THIS IS NO DRILL. The attack lasted approximately 110 minutes, from 7:55 to 9:45 A.M.
The attack on Pearl Harbor is one of the worst disasters our country has ever seen.
The following day, on December 8, the House of Representatives voted 388 to 1, to declare war on Japan. It was the day that the United States dreaded as a nation. We were going to war. President FD Roosevelt delivered one of his most iconic speeches, stating to the American people “Yesterday, on December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy – The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by Naval and Air Forces of the Empire of