December 7th is a day seared into the memory of our nation. For most Americans, December 7 marks the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the beginning of the United States’ entry into World War II. For West Virginia, this date has another significant meaning, as it is the birthdate of the founder of the West Virginia Air National Guard (WVANG), a World War II hero and living West Virginia legend Brig. Gen. (ret.) James Kemp McLaughlin.