Our service’s response to the attack on Pearl Harbor

Today, we remember the attack on Pearl Harbor that took the lives of more than 2,000 Americans on Dec. 7, 1941. The Coast Guard immediately offered helping hands and provided support as accustomed and trained to do. Today we use those same principles during times of crisis, and we remain a steady and vigilant organization on which others can depend. Here are just a few examples of how our service reacted that fateful day. These stories remind us that our past has shaped our service.


Tribute to the fallen at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall

The Drawing Board: Remembering Pearl Harbor

“With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determinaton of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.” – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his speech to Congress on Dec. 8, 1941.