Pearl Harbor Remembrance
|Photograph from US Naval History and Heritage Command|
Today, December 7th, 2013, is the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In that attack, over 2,000 American servicemen and women lost their lives, as did many civilians.
We ask that all our visitors take a moment to remember those men and women, and keep them and their families in your prayers today.
For more information on the Pearl Harbor attack, please visit the U.S. Naval Historical Center Pearl Harbor webpage, which has extensive resources, including:
- Oral Histories from survivors
- Teacher Lesson Plans
One of the many Arkansans at Pearl Harbor was Captain (later Admiral) Charles M. Cooke, Jr of Fort Smith. Captain "Saavy" Cooke was a graduate of both the University of Arkansas and the US Naval Academy (where he graduated second in his class). Although he had served in, and commanded several submarines earlier in his career, at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, Captain Cooke was Commanding Officer of the battleship USS Pennsylvania (BB 38).
More information about Admiral Cooke is available at the US Naval Historical center website.