Office for the Aging


December 7: Remember Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This attack led to the United States' involvement in World War II. Most people alive at the time remember exactly where they were when they received the news that the United States had been attacked.

According to the U.S. Navy Museum, casualties at Pearl Harbor were as follows:

Service Killed Wounded Total
Navy 2008 710 2718
Army 218 364 582
Marines 109 69 178
Civilians 68 35 103

Thousands of New Yorkers served in World War II and other conflicts and many paid the ultimate price. According to 2012 data from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs,(External Link) there are more than 918,000 veterans living in New York State. 2010 data shows that more than 612,000 New York State veterans were age 55+. Many of these individuals need access to information about health benefits, employment opportunities, and other benefits.

For more information about benefits that New York State veterans may be eligible for, visit the New York State Veteran's Affairs web site.(External Link)

Did You Know?
December 7, 1941, was certainly "day that will live in infamy" - an event that helped forge our nation into what it is today. For an interesting look at the statistics and history of the attack on Pearl Harbor, you may want to visit the U.S. Navy Museum online.(External Link)