USS Peleliu Remembers Attack on Pearl Harbor

The officers and crew of amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) gathered to remember those lost during the attacks on Pearl Harbor during a Remembrance Day ceremony, Dec. 7.

The attacks brought more than 2,400 service member and civilian casualties, 2,008 of whom were Sailors.

Seventy-three years ago President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history;

Yesterday, 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 Japan.

The attack, a single carefully-planned and well-executed strike removed the Navy’s battleship force as a possible threat to the Empire of Japan’s expansion southward. America, significantly weakened, was suddenly brought into World War II.

The ceremony included a parade of colors performed by Peleliu’s color guard, a speech by Cmdr. Scott Hudson, executive officer of Peleliu, the event’s guest speaker, a history of the attack on Pearl Harbor by members of Peleliu’s diversity team, and a gun salute.

In addition to the casualties and injuries suffered by service members, the Navy took a huge hit from Japanese forces, having sunk five of eight battleships at Pearl Harbor. Several other ships and most Hawaii-based combat aircraft were also destroyed.

One of the battleships lost that day was USS Arizona (BB-39), which is the final resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 crew members. It is now a memorial for all those who were lost that day.

On Dec. 5, 2013, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation designating December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day” and encouraged all Americans to observe this day and to honor the┬ámilitary, past and present, and urged all Federal agencies, organizations, groups and individuals to fly the flag at half-staff to honor those Americans who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

Peleliu is on its final regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region before decommissioning early next year.

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Press release, Image: US Navy