December 6, 2019
CACI Remembers Pearl Harbor
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense
The USS Arizona burning at Pearl Harbor remains an indelible image of the attack that drew our nation into war. To this day, the USS Arizona remains at the bottom of Pearl Harbor, directly below the Arizona Memorial.
On this 78th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, we will forever remember the sneak attack from Japanese forces on our nation’s naval base in Hawaii, destroying much 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 Roosevelt addressed Congress and announced to the world that December 7, 1941, would be “a date which will live in infamy.” After the U.S. Navy’s great victory at the Battle of Midway in early June 1942, 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.
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 reminds us all of the importance of both military readiness and intelligence in protecting our nation.
Photo Courtesy of Jack London
CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Dr. J.P. (Jack) London owns the photo autographed by Admiral Nimitz signing the surrender document with Japan on board the USS Missouri in 1945.
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 expertise and technology supports 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.