The Real Day Of Infamy

James Wire, ship fitter third class, couldn't imagine that the Japanese would attack Pearl Harbor. Reflecting the racial views all too typical of his time, he regarded the Japanese as incapable of such a bold affront. On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Wire had come on deck of his ship, the Tennessee, to get some sun. The eight battleships of the Pacific Fleet were preparing for morn-ing colors and church. Canvas awnings stretched across decks to provide shade. A band was playing the "Star...
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