Japan Wages War on U.S.

Japan Declares War on the U.S by Bombing Pacific Fleet

Summary of Event

The event of Pearl Harbor was a very bad thing for the United States of America. The Japanese made a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and took out most of the Pacific Fleet. One thing that the Japanese for got to take out was all the aircraft carriers. So that is how the U.S. started to get back on the Japanese. They used the aircraft carriers while the other boats were getting rebuilt.


The Japanese made a surprise attack on the Pacific Fleet in Hawaii. They were trying to take out all of the ships,aircraft carriers and gas/oil tanks. They failed to take out the aircraft carriers and gas/oil tanks. This was known as the Battle of Pearl Harbor. The Japanese woke up a sleeping giant that day.

The United Sates then started to fight back on the Japanese. In the Battle of Pearl Harbor, there was more than 2,000 military and civilians killed. There were about 1,143 military people that were wounded in the attack also. The Japanese used a code name Operation Hawaii for the attack at Pearl Harbor, but then was changed to Operation Z.

Why did the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor? They attacked Pearl Harbor because the United States put a extremely restrictive embargo on Japan. That is why the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and destroyed a lot of ship but not the aircraft carriers, and the gas/oil tanks. The attack was led by Chukchi Nagumo. He led the 3,000 mile journey across the Pacific. There where 6 aircraft carriers,9 destroyers,2 battleships,2 heavy cruisers,1 light cruiser and 3 submarines.

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"Maddened by the scene of chaos and devastation that he saw, he set up and manned both a .30-cal. and a .50-cal. machine-gun in a completely exposed section of the parking ramp, despite the attention of heavy enemy strafing fire. He later recalled: 'I was so mad I wasn't scared'. Finn was hit several times by bomb shrapnel as he valiantly returned the Japanese fire, but he continued to man the gun, as other sailors supplied him with ammunition. John Finn was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor and courage beyond the call of duty in this action. Even after receiving some first aid treatment, he insisted on returning to his post to supervise the re-arming of the returning PBYs that had escaped the devastation at Kaneohe." John William Finn


  • The USS Arizona still leaks fuel today after the bombing.
  • Japanese force consisted of six carriers with 423 planes.
  • Veterans of the attack can be laid to rest at Pearl Harbor
  • 1178 people were wounded in the attack at Pearl Harbor.
  • Pearl Harbor has 10 square miles of navigable water.


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