Pearl Harbor

December 2, 2011

Dec. 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.

Those words were spoken 70 years ago by President Roosevelt after Japan attacked the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. This tragic event marked US entry into WWII and completely changed the geopolitical power structure of the world.  The Wright State University Friends of the Libraries are sponsoring an exhibit on Pearl harbor from Dec 01-14 on the 2nd floor of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library.

Below is the exhibit announcement from the University Libraries webpage:

The Wright State University Friends of the Libraries are proud to sponsor Infamy – December 7, 1941, a pictorial exhibit created by The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. This exhibit of more than 24 photographs depicts the surprise bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that wreaked major damage and directly lead to the United States declaring war.

The major part of the exhibit is on the 2nd floor atrium of Wright State’s Paul Laurence Dunbar Library. Associated exhibits featuring memories and artifacts from Miami Valley veterans and the Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives are on the first floor. Of particular note are memories from Mr. Frank Ruby of Dayton, who was an eyewitness in the middle of the attack just before 8 am Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941.

Below are photos from the DDN collection documenting the event and acknowledging survivors from the attack who call the Miami Valley their home. Please click on the thumbnails below to enlarge the image.  Also, be sure to stop by the Library and see the exhibit. The exhibit is viewable during the Library’s regular open hours.

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3 Responses to Pearl Harbor

  1. Lisa on December 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Those are some awesome photos.

  2. buckster on September 5, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Peal Harbor had a direct impact on my father in law. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942…
    He was 16… His older brothers were in the army two were POWs after the Philippines fell and both survived the Bataan death march. They were part of the NM national guard coast artillery unit. A third brother was wounded in the Guadalcanal campaign. Being a navy vet myself I was station @ Pearl.I suggest if you go to Hawaii, go see the USS Arizona memorial. OUR YOUNG GENERATION (gen X and gen y) Should understand FREEDOM NOT FREE…..

    • Lisa on September 8, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Thank you for sharing your relatives’ stories with us!

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