Pearl Harbor

By: Griffin Bry

December 7th, 1941

On December 7th, 1941, a date that president Roosevelt has said will forever live in infamy, a series of Japanese bombs went off at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Japanese consisted of 423 planes with 6 carriers, sending 183 planes at 6 a.m. from their carrier 230 miles north of Oahu. A second wave of fighter jets with 167 planes heads for Pearl Harbor at 7:02 a.m. At 7:53 a.m. the Japanese sent their first assault wave with 51 'Val' dive bombers, 40 'Kate' torpedo bombers, 50 high level bombers and 43 'Zero' fighters. the Japanese were under the command of Admiral Nagumo, and flight commander Mitsuo Fuchida.

Attack of Pearl Harbor

Sunday, Dec. 7th 1941 at 9am

Pearl Harbor, HI, United States

Pearl Harbor, HI

December 8th, 1941

On December the 8th there were 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. On this day the United States and Britain declared war on Japan, on December 11th Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.

How I Reacted

When I first saw the planes in the air, I just thought that it was our air force doing training, and then I saw something fall out of the first plane and then I knew what was happening. I didn't know what country it was until after the attacks, but I knew that they meant harm. Fortunately I was not harmed, and this would be the day that I will never forget.