A principal element in the success of any military unit is cohesion. Unit cohesion is defined as a set of qualities or characteristics that allow a unit to remain functional in all conditions from peace to battle.
War came to Washington, D.C. on a cold, blustery Sunday afternoon, December 7, 1941. Griffith Stadium was hosting the final professional football game of the season between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff was set for 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. It was 8:30 a.m. in Hawaii, which was in a half-hour time zone in those years. The attack on Pearl Harbor began at 1:25 p.m. in Washington.