World War II
By: Shelby Coultas
The end of the Holocaust
On the morning of December 7, 1941, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. The Japanese aircraft carriers began launching their planes and in total, 183 Japanese aircrafts took to the air as part of the first wave of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Pearl Harbor attack plan had two main goals; to destroy American aircraft carriers, and the sinking of as many other capital ships as possible. The attack at Pearl Harbor outraged Americans so much that war was declared on Japan the following day. Officially bringing the United States into World War II.
Since the Japanese attack was a complete surprise, many of the first torpedoes and bombs dropped hit their targets. The damage was severe; that morning the United States lost 1998 navy personnel, 109 Marines, 233 army personnel, and 48 civilians that were killed in the bombing which resulted in 2,402 soldiers that were killed and 1,282 military personnel and civilians wounded.