December 7, 2016
CACI Commemorates Pearl Harbor Day
USS Arizona ablaze after the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
"AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR. THIS IS NO DRILL." The frantic message came across the wires. American sailors scrambled to their positions as Japanese planes flew so close to the decks of the ships that people on the ground could see the faces of the pilots.
On the clear and peaceful morning of December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack on American battleships amassed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, resulting in the loss of over 2400 American military personnel and the sinking of most of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Eyewitness accounts of the event relate stories of untold heroism and selfless sacrifice – sailors and civilians committed to saving as many fellow American lives as possible.
What happened that morning at Pearl Harbor serves as a reminder that Americans represent strength, dedication to the defense of freedom and peace around the world, and courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
Originally conceived by the Imperial military as a preemptive strike to deter the United States from joining the war in the Pacific, the attack on Pearl Harbor resulted in the exact opposite. The following day, United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the United States Congress, declaring to the world, "Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date that will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." Within an hour
Dr. J.P. (Jack) London, CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, with his photo of the Japanese surrender ceremony, signed by Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, who was present on the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945.
Dr. J.P. (Jack) London, CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, owns a photograph of the signing of the Peace Treaty with the Japanese. Dr. London’s photo is signed by Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, who is shown at the signing table on September 2, 1945. Today the USS Missouri is moored on Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii alongside the USS Arizona.
On this 75th anniversary of that infamous morning, CACI remembers Pearl Harbor as we proudly serve American military men and women who work each day in defense of our freedoms. We are vigilant in providing solutions and services that safeguard our troops and advance their missions. And we deliver our solutions with integrity and ethics, always aware that these brave men and women never take freedom for granted, but make the greatest sacrifice for those who seek it.