The Japanese army’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 became “a day of infamy,” but Americans never doubted victory in the war they entered days later, according to World War II veteran Frank Cohn reported Sputnik. The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service launched a surprise military attack on the US naval facility at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. More than 2,000 Americans were killed and 1,000 injured. The Japanese were able to damage or completely destroy nearly 20 battleships and over 300 aircraft. The attack, the most catastrophic event on American soil until September 11, 2001, pushed the United States into World War II.
Cohn was born to a Jewish family in Germany, but had to flee to the United States in 1938. The 96-year-old remarked that despite the fact that they were surprised and suffered losses in the Pacific as well as ‘in Europe, no one doubted the victory. “We were the United States, and we had to win! », He affirmed. He said that at the time, citizens were unaware of the extent of the devastation. The Americans were puzzled at the time, as Cohn says, they only knew they were at war and had been attacked.
He recalls: “It was a Sunday, a beautiful, relatively warm day, and I was outside my apartment, with a number of boys my age, in front of the building when someone came running in. the street shouting ‘The Japanese have just bombed Pearl Harbor !.’ We all looked at each other and asked, “Where’s Pearl Harbor?” No one knew, It took a while before someone figured out what we were talking about Hawaii.
Cohn participated in a historic meeting of American and Soviet troops in 1945
Cohn, now a retired colonel, enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 and arrived in France a year later. He took part in the momentous meeting of American and Soviet troops on the Elbe in April 1945, which was widely seen as the symbolic climax of the two countries working together to fight the Nazis and liberate Europe. The veteran expressed his displeasure that America’s youth today know little about WWII and many don’t know who America’s allies and enemies were.