2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the beginning of United States fighting in the Second World War. That attack had an immediate and dramatic impact on Long Beach. Many sailors and officers who had been deployed from their home port, in our harbor, to Hawaii were killed. Public memorials were held in Long Beach to mark the sacrifice of so many American lives on that fateful December 7th, 1941. Local citizens rallied to support their families, and the families of other sailors and soldiers preparing to go to war in Europe and the Pacific. Long Beach geared up to train and supply those fighting the war. Roosevelt Base and the Navy Shipyard were completed in the harbor and the Douglas Aircraft plant opened near the airport. As the local population swelled, Long Beach residents shared their homes with newcomers, offered home cooked meals to sailors preparing to depart for war, volunteered to visit wounded sailors in local hospitals and engaged in uncountable other activities to support the war effort. All of these things, and more, changed the city forever.
Long Beach & WWII Sharing Day This December
HSLB will hold a Sharing Day on Sunday, December 7th, 2014. We will be collecting historical materials related to the direct effects on Long Beach as a result of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Materials selected will relate to the Pearl Harbor attack and local events and impacts between December, 1941 and December, 1942. Topics will include the United States Military, civilian defense, the economy, the people and the community of Long Beach. Regretfully, we cannot accept or include the rich memorabilia of all local World War II veterans, not associated with Pearl Harbor.