Commander Louie Russo of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5948 spoke to a group of more than 50 veterans from Tehachapi and Lancaster on Friday, Dec. 7, reminding them of the importance of Pearl Harbor Day.
The day stands as a reminder of the surprise attack that marked the beginning of the United States involvement in World War II.
"The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on this day, but we did prevail," Russo said. "It was the beginning of the end and a very short lived victory for the Japanese."
Waves of Japanese torpedo planes and aerial bombers swept over the US Hawaiian naval base 71 years ago and left a wrecking yard of burning and shattered warships in their wake. But from the tangled mess, many of those mighty ships rose from the wreckage to fight later in the war.
Only three were damaged beyond repair, including the USS Arizona that was destroyed by an explosion in its forward magazine that thoroughly wrecked the vessel. It lies on the floor of the harbor to this day, serving as a memorial to those who died on that fateful day in 1941. Photo by Ed Gordon
Commander Louie Russo of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5948 speaking to a group of Veterans on Pearl Harbor Day, Friday, Dec. 7.