This post is appearing at 0200 Hawaiian Time. The first Japanese aircraft struck Hawai'i at 0748 local, 1248 Eastern.
The attack on Pearl Harbor was a military disaster of epic proportions. It isn't hard to imagine, but it could have been worse (more on that later today). 2,402 Americans lost their lives, 1,247 were wounded. Even in defeat, the courage and valor of the American fighting man shone through the darkness.
- 55 received the Navy Cross or Distinguished Service Cross
- 53 received the Silver Star
Today, now, we recognize and honor all sixteen.
From Medal of Honor Citations for World War II (A-F):