Pearl Harbor

Natalie Andujo, 3rd period

Pearl Harbor attack
  • The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7, 1941.
  • The Japanese attacked the United States without warning.
  • The Japanese lost 65 men, with an additional soldier being captured.
  • Pearl Harbor is on the south side of the Hawaiian island of Oahu and is the home to a U.S. naval base.
  • The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II.
  • The Japanese launched their airplanes in two waves, approximately 45 minutes apart.
  • Some of the battleships sunk that day were resurrected.
  • Veterans of the attack can be laid to rest at Pearl Harbor.
  • The USS Arizona still leaks fuel.

    • Unable to get more than a handful of planes in the air, individual U.S. servicemen tried to shoot down the Japanese planes from the ground.
    • When the Japanese left Pearl Harbor at 9:45 a.m., the Americans didn't realize the attack was actually over. They expected another wave to hit.
    • "Remember Pearl Harbor!" became a rallying cry for the U.S. during World War II.
    • After being torpedoed, the Oklahoma listed so badly that it turned upside down.
    • The Japanese launched their airplanes in two waves, approximately 45 minutes apart.
    • The attack lasted 110 minutes, from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.
    • A total of 2,335 U.S. servicemen were killed and 1,143 were wounded. Sixty-eight civilians were also killed and 35 were wounded.
    • Plans for a surprise attack against the United States were begun as early as January of 1941.
    • The Japanese specifically chose to attack on a Sunday because they believed Americans would be more relaxed and thus less alert on a weekend.
    • The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise, but Japan and the United States had been edging toward war for decades.
    • On December 8, Congress approved Roosevelt’s declaration of war.
    • At about 8 a.m., Japanese planes filled the sky over Pearl Harbor.
    • At 8:10, a 1,800-pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship USS Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine.
    • To aid their airplanes, the Japanese sent in five midget subs to help target the battleships.
    • Many U.S. servicemen were either still in their pajamas or eating breakfast in the mess halls when the attack on Pearl Harbor began.
    • The Japanese hoped to destroy U.S. planes on the ground in order to minimize any counter-attack against them over Pearl Harbor or against the Japanese attack force.

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