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NEWS | Dec. 6, 2013


By Col. Jeffrey DeVore Joint Base Charleston commander

Team Charleston Teammates and Friends,

That "Day of Infamy" was Dec. 7, 1941 ... when a surprise military attack conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy entered the United States into World War II.

The United States Navy lost or took heavy damage on eight battleships, three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and a mine laying ship.

Our Air Force predecessors, the United States Army Air Corps, lost 188 aircraft.

We, as a nation, lost 2,402 Americans in the raid.

As we commemorate that fateful day in 1941, please take a moment to reflect and remember the fallen. They were no different than you and me and will always be memorialized for their courage and sacrifice in the name of our Freedom.

Thank you for serving and supporting all those who do.

Col. DeVore