Marysville VFW Post 948 Remembers the 76th Anniversary
Pearl Harbor is a U.S. naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii, and was the scene of a devastating surprise attack by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan. The single vote against Congress's declaration of war against Japan came from Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana. Rankin was a pacifist who had also voted against the American entrance into World War I. "As a woman," she said, "I can’t go to war, and I refuse to send anyone else."
Because American military leaders were not expecting an attack so close to home, the naval facilities at Pearl Harbor were relatively undefended. Almost the entire Pacific Fleet was moored around Ford Island in the harbor, and hundreds of airplanes were squeezed onto adjacent airfields. To the Japanese, Pearl Harbor was an irresistibly easy target.
By the time the attack was over, every battleship in Pearl Harbor—USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, USS California, USS West Virginia, USS Utah, USS Maryland, USS Pennsylvania, USS Tennessee and USS Nevada—had sustained significant damage. (All but USS Arizona and USS Utah were eventually salvaged and repaired.)
The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor. The Arizona was the most heavily damaged of all the vessels in Battleship Row. Contrary to popular belief, the USS Arizona is no longer in commission. As a special tribute to the ship and her lost crew, the United States flag flies from the flagpole, which is attached to the severed mainmast of the sunken battleship. The USS Arizona Memorial has come to commemorate all military personnel killed in the Pearl Harbor attack.
The oldest living crew member of the battleship USS Arizona to have survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Langdell of Yuba City. He died in 2006 at the age of 100. Langdell's remains were interred beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor, in the sunken wreckage of the USS Arizona.
President Roosevelt stated that the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 is a "Day That Will Live In Infamy". The Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, is the day that the United States became involved in World War II.
The Marysville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 948 will be paying tribute to the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, on Thursday, December 7th. This year's Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day will pay tribute to our military forces that underwent this horrific attack on Pearl Harbor. The Remembrance will be held at the Marysville Memorial Veterans Center, 211 17th Street Marysville at 7:00 p.m..
Last year was the first year Marysville VFW Post 948 held the Pearl Harbor Remembrance. Traditionally the Remembrance would be held at 7:00 a.m., the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. VFW Post 948 has chosen to hold it in the evening at 7:00 p. m. to allow the community to come and remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. Refreshments will be served after the Remembrance. The community is invited to attend the Pearl Harbor Remembrance at the Marysville VFW Post 948.