Today is the seventieth anniversary of “a date which will live in infamy,” the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that precipitated America’s entry into World War II. That day 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded.
Predictably, my favorite book about this event has to do with family history. It’s USS Arizona’s Last Band: The History of U.S. Navy Band Number 22, by Molly Kent. She lost her brother, C.R. William, who was aboard the USS Arizona, so her book is a labor of love. There is a companion Web site that is really well done.
Another Web site worth visiting is the one documenting the USS West Virginia. They have a complete Pearl Harbor Casualty List if you are researching a particular person.