Community honors Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, local hero

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Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed today, Thursday, December 7, 2017, as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Minnesota. What we may not know is that an obscure military facility in Washington state was among the first to get notice that something was amiss.

Japan launched the surprise attack with airplanes and submarines on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. The next day the US declared war against Japan.

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The attack, which killed 2,402 Americans, injured another 1,282, and destroyed 188 USA aircraft and six ships, led directly to the American entry into World War II, with war being declared on Japan the following day.

1,178 more were wounded. Through the ups and downs of battles won and lives lost, the cry of "Remember Pearl Harbor!" helped maintain American resolve. On the airfields around Pearl Harbor, the Japanese destroyed 161 American planes and seriously damaged 102 aircraft. The correct way to write the Pearl Harbor attack's date is 12/7/1941.