As the country remembers the tragic events that took place 75 years ago today, the U.S. Navy continues to show appreciation for the courageous service members that were called to action on what was at first a quiet morning on the naval base in 1941. Through videos, services, and salutes to sailors, the military branch that protects our country on the seven seas paid special remembrance to the events at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.”
On Twitter, the official account of the U.S. Navy implored its followers and proud Americans on the social media site to share their post as a means to salute the Navy and the Pearl Harbor Sailors’ “toughness, accountability, integrity & initiative.”
The U.S. Navy has been sharing short biopics of some of the heroes of the tragic day. One in particular honors Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Finn who manned a .50-caliber machinegun on a completely exposed instruction stand while he was under heavy machinegun fire. Despite being so injured he was forced to leave his post, he returned a short while later to supervise the rearming of returning planes, never giving up the fight to defend the base and his fellow servicemen. You can watch the video biography below:
The Navy also shared a beautiful “Pearl Harbor 75th Commemoration Reflection” video which you can watch below:
The United States Navy Academy Music Department posted the Naval Academy Glee Club’s beautiful tribute to Pearl Harbor by sharing the group singing “Eternal Father,” The Navy Hymn. “In memory of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, this song is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the defense of the United States of America,” the USNA Music Department wrote in the description. You can watch the video below:
The U.S.S. Arizona was a naval battleship stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attack in 1941. The ship’s entire 21 member band, known as U.S. Navy Band Unit 22, was lost, and an additional 1,177 crewmen, totaling nearly half of the total deaths of that day. To this day, the sunken ship continues to leak oil into the harbor every single day. A memorial was built at the site of the U.S.S. Arizona, and a Twitter account for the ship is tweeting the events as they occurred in real time on the morning of December 7th, 1941.
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