PEARL HARBOR, Hi. (KXAN) — December 7, 1941. A date which will live in infamy.
Today marks 74 years since the Pearl Harbor attack. On this day Japan’s Navy and Air Force launched a surprise attack, targeting the U.S. Pacific Fleet, using 400 Japanese warplanes.
More than 2,400 Americans died. Five battleships, three destroyers and 200 planes were obliterated in the attack.
Congress immediately declared war on Japan, pulling the U.S. into World War II.
The oldest living World War II veteran calls Austin his home. Richard Overton turned 109 in May.
A commemorative ceremony will take place today in Hawaii.