April 28, 2013
Crew No. 1: 34th Bombardment Squadron, front row: Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, pilot; Lt. Richard E. Cole, copilot; back row: Lt. Henry A. Potter, navigator; Staff Sgt. Fred A. Braemer, bombardier; and Staff Sgt. Paul J. Leonard, flight engineer/gunner. (Pacific Air Forces Photo)
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On a quiet Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, when most ships were in port and many soldiers didn't have to report to duty, our American military forces suffered a devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor followed by four more months of defeats as our bases in the Pacific were overcome by the Japanese.