By Mike Detty
December 7th, 1941 is a date that will always be remembered as one that tested our country’s mettle. In the three- and one-half years that followed Americans cemented their place in the world as a leader, liberator and compassionate ally. Beyond that, our country flexed its industrial might producing unimaginable amounts of war materials, faster and in numbers that our enemies could have never predicted. Japan had awakened a sleeping giant and vastly underestimated the will and resourcefulness of their chosen enemy. The generation that had lived through a devastating depression and were used to getting by with less were ready to sacrifice even more. The attack on Pearl Harbor united our country like no other event.