The December, 7th 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history.
Before dawn on 7 December 1941, the American strategic center of gravity in the Pacific reposed in the seven battleships then moored along "Battleship Row", the six pairs of interrupted quays located along Ford Island's eastern side.
The road to war between Japan and the United States began in the 1930s when differences over China drove the two nations apart.
The Pearl Harbor naval base was recognized by both the Japanese and the United States Navies as a potential target for hostile carrier air power.
There is another story that is less known and not captured in many history books. It's the story of the work that began immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and resulted in eighteen of those 21 ships being raised, repaired and returned to service to help fight and win World War II.
The attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago drew a staggered, reluctant America headlong into the global struggle against the Axis powers. I was still in high school walking across the campus at Andover in Massachusetts when we heard the news.