Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941:  Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor, an act that led to America’s entry into World War II.  Approximately 500,000 Jews served during World War II.  This was about ten per cent of the Jewish Population in the United States, which would have made it higher than the average for other ethnic groups.  The numbers put the lie to the anti-Semitic slur that Jews were nothing but black market profiteers.  Approximately 52,000 of the Jewish service personnel were decorated during the war.  (Mitchell Levin)

In 1991, the U.S. Postal Service issued the first of a series of 5 sheetlets which commemorated the events of World War II.

Pearl Harbor was the main Pacific port for the United States Navy, and the first target attacked by the Japanese military. The attack left the U.S. Navy crippled, but not destroyed.
Ten major events or developments of 1941 are depicted on the first of five scheduled sheetlets, one to be issued each year, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of World War II.
These sheetlets are a mini-course in the events that took place throughout the war years. In the center of this first sheetlet is a map of the world, showing the countries at war in 1941 and pinpointing locations of major events and conflicts that year.

This stamp, Scott No. 2559i, commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor:



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