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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

07 December 1941~The Battle of Pearl Harbor

On the morning of December 7, 1941 the Japanese launched the attack on Pearl Harbor (called the Hawaii Operation or Operation Z  by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters, and the Battle of Pearl Harbor by some Americans). It  was a surprise (cowardly?) military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Americans are taken completely by surprise. The first attack wave targets airfields and battleships. The second wave targets other ships and shipyard facilities. The air raid lasts until 9:45 a.m. Eight battleships are damaged, with five sunk. Three light cruisers, three destroyers and three smaller vessels are lost along with 188 aircraft. The casualty list includes 2,335 servicemen and 68 civilians killed, with 1,178 wounded. Included are 1,104 men aboard the Battleship USS Arizona killed after a 1,760-pound air bomb penetrated into the forward magazine causing catastrophic explosions. We must never forget...

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