The dates 7 December 1941 and 11 September 2001 will forever be ones of infamy for our country. But did you realize that on 7 December 1941, the USS Enterprise (CV-6) was 400 nautical miles southwest of the Hawaiian Islands? A storm system had forced her to the south—the same storm system that hid the arrival of the Japanese striking force. It also delayed the Enterprise 's arrival into Pearl Harbor. Then-Rear Admiral Bull Halsey, who was riding the carrier as his flagship, on hearing of the air raid on Pearl, ordered her captain to put his rudder over and launch search and strike sorties to find the Japanese carrier striking force. The Enterprise went on to participate in every major campaign in the Pacific in World War II. She earned more battle stars than any carrier and at one point in 1943 was the only Navy operational carrier in the Pacific, after we lost the Wasp (CV-7) and Hornet (CV-8) off Guadalcanal. She was prepared, and we needed her for that war.