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On Dec. 7, 1941, hundreds of fighter planes from the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the United States Naval base Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, HI. The surprise attack by Japan occurred just before 8 a.m. local time and the barrage lasted roughly two hours.
Within that time, the U.S. Pacific fleet at was dealt a crippling blow with nearly 20 U.S. naval vessels destroyed, including eight battleships and almost 200 airplanes. More than 2,000 U.S. sailors and soldiers died during the attack and another 1,000 were wounded. Japan’s losses were about 30 airplanes, five submarines and fewer than 100 men.
The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Congress declared war on Japan. Soon after Japan’s allies Germany and Italy declared war on the U.S. and with that the U.S. had entered World War II.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is attributed to saying, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
On Sept. 2, 1945, World War II officially ended with the United States and its allies defeating Japan, Germany, and Italy. On Aug. 23, 1994, Congress designated December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, or more commonly known as Pearl Harbor Day.
Lasting Health Effects from the War
As the survivors of Pearl Harbor and other veterans of WWII came back from fighting, many health issues arose after the war. One of those health issues was the rise of mesothelioma, a fatal form of cancer that is diagnosed in many veterans due to asbestos exposure during military service. Asbestos was found in naval ships, military aircraft and housing, which was discovered after the war to be a carcinogen.
Other health problems came as a result of cigarette smoking as well. During WWII, the number of people who smoked cigarettes was much higher than the civilian population. Many soldiers would smoke as a means of relaxing and to relieve stress between combat engagements. Because of this, U.S. Military veterans are at a higher risk of lung disease than the general civilian population. But it’s not only by smoking cigarettes, occupational lung disease is also very common cause of COPD, from exposure to sand, dust, chemicals, and metals in the air.
If you or a loved one suffers from lung disease, the Lung Institute is here to help. The Lung Institute offers stem cell therapy treatment, so people with lung disease can have a better quality of life. Please contact us at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about treatment options.