It was definitely a psychic shock to Americans on December 7th. Despite Europe and Asia at war, the U.S. was still out of it except for helping the British when they could with Lend-Lease and American volunteers flying in the British Air Force or ferrying desperately-needed supplies to England, and later, Russia. Despite knowing they could be at war it was still a shock to wake up on a beautiful Sunday morning in Hawaii with bombs raining down on your head. The men of the U.S.S. Arizona never had a chance.
Thank you for your remembrance today.