Pearl Harbor

By Katrina Vander Kooi, summer intern

"I saw their faces. [The Japanese] were flying at the tree-top level," said Gene Erlandson, Pearl Harbor survivor.



The popular movie "Pearl Harbor" portrays the attack on film, but Erlandson, Rushmore, was actually there on the "day that will live in infamy."



On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, a naval base located on Oahu Island in Hawaii. More than 2,300 people lost their lives that day, and it pushed the United States to enter World War II.


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