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Attack at Pearl Harbor

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Cornelia Fort's Eyewitness Account of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, in the early morning light, instructor Cornelia Fort took to the skies with her student pilot to practice takeoffs and landings. At that very moment, the Japanese fighter planes were approaching the island. Read Cornelia Fort's first-hand account of the ordinary student pilot lesson that turned into a maneuver to escape enemy fire.

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Learn more about Cornelia Fort, who became one of the first women pilots recruited for service to America in World War II »

First Hand Account of LT Ruth Erickson, NC (Nurse Corps)

... I leaped out of my chair and dashed to the nearest window in the corridor. Right then there was a plane flying directly over the top of our quarters, a one-story structure. The rising sun under the wing of the plane denoted the enemy. Had I known the pilot, one could almost see his features around his goggles. He was obviously saving his ammunition for the ships. ...

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Watch FDR D-Day Prayer Video

FDR's D-Day Prayer

Listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer and Address to the Nation on June 6, 1944.

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