Japanese minisub.

Rob Esterlein, deputy executive director of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, stands next to a 40-ton, 76-foot-long Japanese mini-sub used in the Pearl Harbor attack. It's at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.. (Eric Gay / AP Photo)

By Korva Coleman

It's been 68 years since Japan attacked the US military base at Pearl Harbor, killing 2,335 military personnel and 68 civilians. Most of the victims were sailors: 1,177 died on the USS Arizona. CBS Radio announcer John Charles Daly delivered the shocking news:

And Roosevelt described the day for us himself:

The Nimitz Foundation is expanding a wing at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas, and naming it in honor of former President George H. W. Bush, a World War II aviator, who himself was shot down over the Pacific Ocean. The former President will be on hand today to dedicate the gallery, including one of its main artifacts: a surviving mini-submarine used by the Japanese Navy during the Pearl Harbor attack.

Another Japanese mini-sub that may have been at Pearl Harbor, or what's left of it, may have been located by researchers. The PBS Science program, NOVA, is preparing a program for January discussing the find, and how the sub may have participated in the attack. (HT Brendan Banazak!).

It's common to find the names of those who perished in the sinking of the USS Arizona. But it's tougher to find victims who were not aboard the ship. Four years ago, NPR"s Luke Burbank spoke with Pearl Harbor survivor and retiree Ray Emory, who was still working to name the unidentified.

categories: History

11:30 - December 7, 2009