FUN WITH MAPS – ISSUE 2023-199 DAILY FEATURE:

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 7, 2023) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps honors the memory of those lost, and those who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor.

A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY

Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

In 1941, a Japanese bomber attack on the U.S. base in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor sank 4 battleships, killed 2403 people and injured 1178 more. The attack led to the U.S. entering World War II the next day.

Today flags will be flown at half-staff, and people will lay wreaths at the site where the USS Arizona and USS Utah remain in place.  Six survivors are expected to attend the ceremony today.

Pearl Harbor is still an active military base today, but there are four historic sites which civilians can visit.  The most popular is the USS Arizona Memorial which includes a boat ride over to the site of the sunken battleship. 

At the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, you can climb aboard the WWII sub and the Battleship Missouri Memorial allows you to tour or leisurely explore a battleship.  Lastly, there is the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum to see planes from the World War II era.

Ruth Taylor White’s pictorial map of the Hawaiian Islands predates the attack by three years.  

Hawaii – Circa 1938 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.