Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 1941

Early in the morning on December 7th, 1941, Japan attacked Honolulu, Hawaii. Hundred of Japanese fighter planes attacked American Naval base. The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and almost 200 airplanes.

Pearl Harbor was a day many people will never forget. On December 7th, 1941, around 2,500 military men and women lost their lives. It was a very devastating day for most. The US forces lost many people, vessels, battleships, and airplanes. What do you think it'd be like if you had been there? Well my great grandpa was and he said it was horrible seeing things blown up all around him. Also he said it was terrible watching the people he fought along side with being killed or very injured and him knowing there was nothing he could do to help. Do you think things would have been different if we seen this attack coming?

Interesting Fact

On December 6th, 1941 the USS Arizona took a full load of fuel, nearly 1.5 million gallons. For its scheduled trip to the mainlands later on in the month.The next day, a lot of it fed the explosion and fires that destroyed the ship following its attack by Japanese bombers. However, despite the fire and ravages of time, some 500,000 gallons are still slowly seeping from the ships submerged wreck. Nearly 70 years after its demise. Arizona continues to spill around 9 quarts of fuel into Pearl Harbor everyday. In the 90's environment concerns led the National Park Services to look at a set of studies to determine the long-term effects to the oil/fuel leakage.
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