72nd ANNIVERSARY V-J DAY AUGUST 14, 1945
Canandaigua, NY 1
On December 7, 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) using 6 of its aircraft carriers and hundreds of aircraft launched a sneak attack on the United States by bombing the U. S. Navy ships and personnel at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This “Day of Infamy”, as President Roosevelt called it was devastating with over 3,500 Americans killed or injured, and many ships/planes sunk, destroyed or heavily damaged. Japan’s war against the United States had begun. Germany as a member of the Axis powers declared war on the United States on Dec. 11, 1941. World War II was now official. Remember Pearl Harbor!
America was confronted with a two-front war, the European-Atlantic (E-A) and the Asia-Pacific (A-P). President Roosevelt focused most of America’s limited resources on the E-A theatre but also began the difficult, brutal and bloody land, sea and air battles to defeat Japan. The entire A-P war alone from 1941 thru 1945 cost hundreds of thousands of American and allied deaths, injuries, POWs and MIAs with great sacrifices on the Home Front.