December 7, 2017
CACI Remembers Pearl Harbor
The USS Arizona burning at Pearl Harbor remains an indelible image of the attack that drew our nation into war. To this day, the Arizona remains at the bottom of Pearl Harbor, directly below the Arizona Memorial.
On this 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we will forever remember the surprise strike from Japanese forces on our nation’s naval base in Hawaii, sinking most of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Considered the deadliest day for the U.S. military since the Battle of Antietam in 1862 − with some 2,400 lost and over 1,100 wounded − America realized its geographic separation from Asia and Europe did not shield it from the growing World War.
Initially thought to deter the United States from joining the war in the Pacific, the attack on Pearl Harbor thrust U.S. forces
into a hard-fought battle on land, in the air, and at sea. Just moments before declaring war on Japan, United States President
Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed Congress and announced to the world that December 7, 1941, would be
a date which will live in infamy.
The war with Japan ultimately ended in a full Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945, aboard the
USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
Dr. J.P. (Jack) London, CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, owns a photograph of that signing of the surrender document with the Japanese. The photo is signed by Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, who is shown at the signing table on September 2, 1945.
Dr. London also recently acquired the American flag that was flying over ADM H. E. Kimmel's Commander-in-Chief, U.S.
Pacific Fleet headquarters on the morning of December 7th.
It's smoke-covered, shows wear and tear, and serves
as a grim reminder of the day, he says.
CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Dr. J.P. (Jack) London owns this autographed photo of Admiral Nimitz signing the surrender document with Japan on board the USS Missouri in 1945.
He took that flag with him to Hawaii, where he spoke at the dedication of the Lone Sailor statue at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center on October 13, 2017. Dr. London was part of the delegation from the Navy Memorial responsible for creating and placing the Lone Sailor statues.
While some of the day’s details may have begun to fade, the impact of the attack remains present for many of our nation’s veterans and for the families and friends of the fallen soldiers of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. This day will remind us all of the importance of both military readiness and intelligence in protecting our nation.
CACI is honored to play an important role in our nation’s preparedness and freedom. We proudly support the critical missions of our Armed Forces, Intelligence Community, and other government customers. Our wide range of innovative solutions and services support everything from military logistics to vital intelligence gathering. We will remain ever vigilant to help our government ensure that such surprise attacks will never be repeated.
On December 7th, we remember the momentousness of this day and salute the dedicated men and women everywhere who help safeguard our nation and our citizens each day.
The newest Lone Sailor statue overlooks the USS Arizona and Battleship Missouri Memorials at Pearl Harbor.