December 10, 1941, another sad day in World War II history. Japanese planes sank H.M.S. Prince of Wales, with a loss of 327 men. The first torpedo struck the screws and steering gear, bringing her to a halt. H.M.S. Repulse, who had skillfully avoided at least 19 torpedos, approached to assist and was then hit by at least five torpedos, sinking in about six minutes, with the loss of 513 men. Like so many others, these men gave their lives so we could live in freedom.