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'A date which will live in infamy': Remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor

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Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, propelling Americans into World War II.

The conflict turned the world upside down, bringing changes virtually everywhere. Americans mobilized an army and everyday citizens did their part on the home front. The chaos closer to the epicenter of the war were astounding. There were stories to be chronicled in every corner of the world, and some are still being written. Your library's collection of World War II materials is extensive, with two of our newer items listed below.

"All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor," by Donald Stratton.

At 8:06 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely fifteen minutes into Japan's surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Near death and burned across two thirds of his body, Don, a 19-year-old Nebraskan who had been steeled by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, summoned the will to haul himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighboring vessel. Forty-five feet below, the harbor's flaming, oil-slick water boiled with enemy bullets; all around him the world tore itself apart.

"Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later," by the Editors of Life.

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese Empire stunned the world with a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. Commemorating this momentous historical event which brought the United States into World War II, LIFE revisits the infamous scene in beautifully illustrated photographs: the years leading up to 1941, Lindbergh's anti-war rallies, the desperate scene in Europe and at Winston Churchill's 10 Downing Street, and the Japanese admiral who realized he awoke a sleeping giant.

Highlights include "The Call to Action," LIFE's actual pages in the 10 weeks after the attack, as America mobilized and went to war, and a concluding chapter that covers today's modern tensions in the waters of the Far East.

Library Happenings

Preschool Storytime: Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

Baby Bounce is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Join us for songs, stories, flannel board, and action poems for infants through preschoolers and their caregivers. Program runs about a half hour, followed by playtime and chatting with other caregivers.

One-on-One Classes offered this fall are Shutterfly-Photo books, LARL Mobile app, e-books and e-audio books on android or Apple devices. Call the library at 218-847-2168 and ask for Danell to set up your one-on-one appointment.

Library hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library's regular hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and all national holidays.

For more information on local library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL), a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at, and the library's app, LARL Mobile, is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.