“Yesterday, 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” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt
It appears that most Texas media failed again to report on a significant historical national event in our nation’s history. Similar to their failure to report the 69th Anniversary of D-Day, Texas media also failed to acknowledge the 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor in their online newspapers.
The only newspaper was the Houston Chronicle with their article entitled, “AP WAS THERE: Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor”. This was a personal account by Washington, D.C. Associated Press editor William Peacock and his staff reporting as they received word of the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor from the press secretary of President Roosevelt.
The newspapers of the remaining Texas large cities failed to provide one mention of the event. And, unfortunately, the military newspapers at three Texas army bases and one national guard facility joined them.
Closer to Austin is the National Museum of the Pacific War in nearby Fredericksburg, Texas (about 80 miles west of Austin). This museum, founded in 1968, is the “only institution in the U.S dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific and Asiatic Theaters in World War II”.
As we pause to remember the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 2013, we must also acknowledge that, according to statistics published by the Veteran’s Administration, World War II veterans are dying at a rate of over 600 a day. After all, these veterans were members of “The Greatest Generation” and we should be knowledgeable of what they went through on that fateful day.
We veterans certainly did so on Saturday, December 7, 2013, the 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor!