The unexpected attack by more than 300 Japanese naval aircraft devastated the US Pacific Fleet; twenty-one ships were badly damaged or sunk, including eight battleships. The surprised sailors and Marines fought with the flames and wreckage of their own dying ships as well as with the enemy planes.
The name of the mission is a reference to the speech spoken about the Pearl Harbor attack by Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was the President of the United States at the time of the attack.
Shooting the torpedoes in the water instead of the airplanes makes the battle last a considerable amount of time longer.
Only Gunny is armed with a Shotgun, while other crew member arm with Browning Automatic Rifles. Despite the medium and long range of fighting, using shotgun is useless in this situation. This may be a possible reference to General George Patton, who was claimed to have been aggressive and crazy enough to attempt to shoot down German planes using an M1911 pistol.
Gunny using a shotgun may also be a reference to Tom Sizemore's character 'Earl' in the film Pearl Harbor. During the attack on his airfield, Earl pulls out a shotgun and shoots at the Japanese planes directly above. He uses it again in the airfields tower when Ben Affleck's character 'Rafe' brings a Japanese fighter right by them.
When exiting the bunk room, a man in a gas mask can be seen running by. In his quote, he state that he cannot breath in the gas mask. Historically, it is claimed that most sailors discarded and/or avoided wearing gas masks due to difficulties with properly equipping them and seeing with them. Thus, explaining why the sailor unknowingly ran into the electrical wires.
If the game is played in Co-op, about 95% of the NPCs are absent, (such as the Guide, the man in the gas mask who runs into the wires, and the Chef present in the kitchen, and most of the npcs present shooting at the planes).