40+ Pearl Harbor Quotes to Remind You About The Tragedy

40+ Pearl Harbor Quotes to Remind You About The Tragedy
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Tripboba.com - On December 7, 1941, America was mourned. An American naval base military was attacked by surprise. Japan is the doer from this brutal attack that caused so many deaths and losses.

Many reactions came from this tragedy, and all of them were the reasons why America should join the war, especially to pay for what Japan had done to them.

All of the reactions are compiled by Tripboba as the Pearl Harbor quotes inside this article. All of those quotes are a part of history, not only for Americans but the world as well.

Pearl Harbor Famous Quotes

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These are some Pearl Harbor quotes that you might be heard before.

  • “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” - Winston Churchill

  • “You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory, however, long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival.” – Winston Churchill

  • “Let us, therefore, brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’ “ – Winston Churchill

  • “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill

  • “May God have mercy upon my enemies because I won’t.” – George S. Patton

  • “Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.” – Dwight Eisenhower

  • “Before we’re through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in Hell.” – Vice Admiral William F. “Bull” Halsey

  • “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” – Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

  • “There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.” – Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle

  • "Pearl Harbor caused our Nation to wholeheartedly commit to winning World War II, changing the course of our Nation's history and the world's future." - Joe Baca

Franklin D. Roosevelt Pearl Harbor Quotes

Franklin D. Roosevelt Pearl Harbor Quotes
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As the President of America at that time, Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a speech in New York about what happened in Pearl Harbor.

From that speech, he wants to tell America that it was time for them to wake up and fight back.

Below are some Pearl Harbor quotes that will remember as an American first step to join the big war of all time; the World War II.

  • "YESTERDAY, December 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."

  • "The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our Nation."

  • "As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense."

  • "But always will our whole Nation remember the character of the onslaught against us."

  • "No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory."

  • "With confidence in our armed forces with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us, God."

  • "I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.”

  • “We must be the great arsenal of democracy. For us, this is an emergency as serious as war itself. We must apply ourselves to our task with the same resolution, the same sense of urgency, the same spirit of patriotism and sacrifice as we would show were we at war.”

  • “No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it. There can be no appeasement with ruthlessness. There can be no reasoning with an incendiary bomb. We know now that a nation can have peace with the Nazis only at the price of total surrender.”

Remembering Pearl Harbor Quotes

Remembering Pearl Harbor Quotes
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These are some Pearl Harbor quotes to help you remember that tragedy on December 7, 1941.

  • "Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell, no!" - John Belushi

  • "When reflecting upon it today, that the Pearl Harbor attack should have succeeded in achieving surprise seems a blessing from Heaven. It was clear that a great American fleet had been concentrated in Pearl Harbor, and we supposed that the state of alert would be very high." - Hideki Tojo

  • "When Pearl Harbor was bombed, young Japanese-Americans, like all young Americans, rushed to their draft board to volunteer to fight for our country. That act of patriotism was answered with a slap in the face. We were denied service and categorized as enemy non-alien." - George Takei

  • "My 'Pearl Harbor' story is that I've never seen it, and I suspect that I was cut completely from the movie, but my name is fairly high in the credits at the end. So, anybody that's ever said that they saw me in Pearl Harbor, I think they just saw the list of credits at the end of the movie." - Sean Gunn

  • "The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor led to many very good things. If you follow the trail, it led to kicking Europeans out of Asia - that saved tens of millions of lives in India alone." - Noam Chomsky

  • "I think history is continuous. It doesn't begin or end on Pearl Harbor Day or the day Lyndon Johnson withdraws from the presidency or, on 9/11. You have to learn from the past but not be imprisoned by it. You need to take counsel of history but never be imprisoned by it." - Richard Holbrooke

  • "The lesson of Pearl Harbor ought never to be forgotten, and of course the motto that came from that, 69 years ago, the war which my dad fought, was 'remember Pearl Harbor, never again.' We need to keep that to mind." - Oliver North

  • "My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor." - Phyllis Diller

  • "Some calamities - the 1929 stock market crash, Pearl Harbor, 9/11 - have come like summer lightning, as bolts from the blue. The looming crisis of America's Ponzi entitlement structure is different. Driven by the demographics of an aging population, its causes, timing, and scope are known." - George Will

  • "After the Pearl Harbor attacks, around 120,000 Japanese Americans were jailed in internment camps. If an attack on U.S. soil were perpetrated by people who were not white and Christian, we can be pretty damn sure that racists would have a field day." - Naomi Klein

  • "After the Battle of Midway, there was a week in a rest camp at Pearl Harbor." - Jack Adams

  • "Before the war, my parents were very proud people. They'd always talk about Japan and also about the samurai and things like that. Right after Pearl Harbor, they were just real quiet. They kept to themselves; they were afraid to talk about what could happen. I assume they knew that nothing good would come out of it." - Fred Korematsu

  • "I was four years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941, by Japan, and overnight, the world was plunged into a world war. America suddenly was swept up by hysteria." - George Takei

Pearl Harbor Quotes from Survivors

Pearl Harbor Quotes from Survivors
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These are some Pearl Harbor quotes from the survivors.

  • "I looked at there's a plane coming in and he was coming like this lower and lower, and he was so low I could see his face like to see you, and he was sitting there smiling, about that time he dropped his torpedo." - Milton Mapou

  • "From the bombing of the ship, it wasn't a pretty picture at all and at the seaplane ramp the destroy it was only one inch away for the ships coming into Pearl Harbor." - William M Braddock Jr

  • "And that's when we took off just try to get the someplace to shoot back at these planes push the, or you can see lookup in the sky so you can see with planes then we couldn't shoot out big guns because they're too big on the light cruiser if you shoot them you kill everybody around we got small alarms in this very only thing we could do fly it back for the rifleman, and that was about it I couldn't do too much." - Milton Mapou

  • "Some of them swam over the shore some of them was picked up some of them didn't make it." - Ken Potts

  • “You realize that we’re in the war itself and that things had changed.” - Mickey Ganitch

  • "I was 20 years old at Pearl Harbor. I was in the Navy about a year and four months before the war." - Barney Ross

  • "It makes you think of all the servicemen who have passed ahead of me. As a Pearl Harbor survivor, I'm one of the last chosen few I guess." - Jackson, Michigan

  • "It's always good to come back and pay respect to them and give them the top honors that they deserve." - Lou Conter

  • "Everybody saw the reds, and they knew immediately what it was and their guns were firing within 30 seconds on the ships and on the beach." - Louis Conter

  • "A million pounds of powder it blew up and that's when the pictures you all see of it." - Louis Conter

  • "I think that was a rumor of it, but I never thought too much about it and I think another thing... it's just a rumor." - William M Braddock Jr


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