Pearl Harbor was the attack on the American Pacific fleet that was anchored in Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu in Hawaii by the Japanese air force on December 7, 1941.
The entire fleet was bombed by the planes, and all the naval men were taken by surprise, but the soldiers acted with great courage, audacity and coolness under the conditions. The end result was 20,000 men either killed or captured.
The attack was wanted by Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was the officiating president. The Secretary of the Navy, after bringing the news of Pearl Harbor to FDR said this: “His face went white as a sheet. He had expected to get hit, but not to get hurt.”
There is controversy over whether or not FDR knew the Japanese were coming, whether he had pre-arranged it, or whether he was completely ignorant of the situation. There is evidence that he knew the Japanese were coming, and he planted the fleet under their noses in the hopes that they would attack. Like most North-Easterners, he doubted that an ‘inferior race’ like the Japanese could inflict much damage on him. He was just looking for an excuse to enter the war.
It is absolutely certain that FDR wanted to get into the war from the very beginning. He had promised the American people prior to his election that “…your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign war.” But, less than a year later, America was fully into the war.
Pearl Harbor was FDR’s excuse to enter the war. It was the end of the lives of 20,000 courageous Americans who fought and gave their lives for their president who sent them to their deaths.