On this date 72 years ago, Japan staged a surprise sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, killing 2,400 Americans, sinking four U.S. battleships and wrecking part of America's Pacific fleet. It was a national jolt that propelled America into World War II, the worst bloodbath in history.
Relatively few West Virginians today can remember the day "that will live in infamy," in President Roosevelt's great words. At the time of the fateful attack, Betty Kenna, now a resident of Edgewood Summit, was a little girl at a Honolulu military base where her father was an officer. But most others aren't old enough to have a direct memory.
The United States suffered another "day of infamy" on Sept. 11, 2001, when a few crazed fanatics staged a terror attack that killed even more Americans.Landmark events like these are pillars of history. They changed America forever.