December 7, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 were wounded. The Yakima Herald-Republic spoke to local residents about what they remember about the attack and how their lives changed. These are their stories.
It defined us as a people. No one saw it coming. Few even knew exactly where Oahu was. But it's a day that dramatically changed America forever.
In less than two hours, the United States transformed from being a remote spectator to full throttle ahead in fighting World War II.
Pearl Harbor Day was a landmark moment. It changed the direction of the war, woke a sleeping giant and united us as this country had never been before.