The Day The World Changed Forever.

The Day The World Changed Forever.

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80 years ago today President Roosevelt gave his “Infamy” speech as a Declaration of  War was drafted by Congress and the United States officially entered World War 2. Here is that speech in its entirety:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that Nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American Island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya. Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong: Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our Nation.

As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

But always will our whole Nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces with the unbounding determination of our people we will gain the inevitable triumph so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

Ruck to Warbird Park and do 8 rounds of 12 hand release merkins, 7 upright rows, 41 4-count flutter kicks and run the path around the war memorials.

Ruck back to the playground. There were 9 battleships that were sunk or destroyed on December 7th. 8 were front line ships with 2 of them being flagships.

The USS Arizona was the flag ship for Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd of Battleship Division 1. Admiral Kidd would be killed on the bridge of the USS Arizona. He would become the highest ranking causality at Pearl harbor, the first U.S Navy flag officer killed in action in WW2 and the first killed in action against any foreign enemy. He would also be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

The USS Pennsylvania was the flagship of Admiral Husband E. Kimmel of the United States Pacific Fleet. Admiral Kimmel was of command 10 days after Pearl Harbor. After being demoted to the 2 star rank of a Rear Admiral he retired from the Navy in early 1942.

The 8 front line Battleships that were sunk or destryed were the:

USS. Arizona-  hit by four armor-piercing bombs, exploded; total loss. 1,177 dead.

USS. Oklahoma- hit by five torpedoes, capsized; total loss. 429 dead.

USS. Virginia- hit by two bombs, seven torpedoes, sunk; returned to service July 1944. 106 dead.

USS California- hit by two bombs, two torpedoes, sunk; returned to service January 1944. 100 dead

USS Nevada- hit by six bombs, one torpedo, beached; returned to service October 1942. 60 dead

USS Pennsylvania- in drydock with Cassin and Downes, hit by one bomb and debris from USS Cassin; remained in service. 9 dead.

USS Tennessee- hit by two bombs; returned to service February 1942. 5 dead.

USS Maryland- hit by two bombs; returned to service February 1942. 4 dead (including floatplane pilot shot down).

The 9th Battleship was the USS Utah. Utah was serving as a target and AA training ship. She was hit by two torpedoes, capsized; total loss. 64 dead.

To honor these ships the WOD was 10 reps of:

Air Squared


War Hammers

Captain Morgans

Never Cross Dollies

Patty cake Merkin

Tennessee Rocking Chair



With time remaining finished with:

12 thrusters- simulate picking up debris

7 bear hug squats- simulate gathering ammunition

19 pull ups- simulate pulling yourself out of the water

41 2-count Russian twists- simulate passing ammo to your buddies.

On December 7th 1941.

2,388 Americans were killed. (the 1.5 mile ruck was 1 meter for each casaluity)

1278 Americans were wonded

21 ships were sunk, damaged, or destroyed

323 planes destroyed.




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