Documentary Film Series: Remember Pearl Harbor
Please join us for the next installment of the Films on First Thursdays documentary film series, a partnership between St. Peter Community and Family Education and the Nicollet County Historical Society.
Sunday, December 7, 1941, was a beautiful morning on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. A few sailors and soldiers were already up and playing a game of football near Pearl Harbor. Others were sleeping in their barracks or aboard ships after a late night of partying in Honolulu.
An unlucky few were wiping the sleep from their eyes and reporting for duty aboard their ship anchored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. Still, others headed for adjacent Hickam Field or up north to Wheeler Field.
Ship decks were being washed, planes wiped down and hangars swept. It was just another day in paradise.
At 7:48 A.M. all that changed as the first Japanese planes dropped their bombs and started firing their guns at stunned American soldiers and sailors. The United States had been violently thrown into World War II.
Every sailor, airman, soldier and civilian who was in or near Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, has their own individual story of courage, fear, heroics or tragedy. No two stories from that day of infamy are the same.
From sailors on the U.S.S Arizona and West Virginia on Battleship Row to pilots at Hickam and Wheeler Fields, two young children who were waved at by Japanese pilots flying over their homes, the memories remain vivid to this day. These are some of their stories from December 7, 1941. They will always Remember Pearl Harbor.
Film runtime is 84 minutes.
The Treaty Site History Center is located at 1851 N. Minnesota Avenue, one mile north of downtown Saint Peter at Highways 169 and 22, across from the Daniels Health Center.