The Pearl Harbor Attack
So what happened on Dec 7th in Pearl Harbor?
Why did the attack happen?
Although the attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise, but Japan and the United States had been on the edge of war since decades. Ct
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To the Japanese, Pearl Harbor was an irresistibly easy target. Ewa Beach Pearl Honolulu 20 mi Harbor Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is located near the center of the Pacific Ocean, roughly 2,000 miles from the U.S. mainland and about 4,000 miles from Japan.
At about 8 a.m, Japanese planes filled the sky over Pearl Harbor. Bombs and bullets rained onto the vessels moored below
TM Less than two hours later, every battleship in Pearl Harbor-USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, USS California, USS West Virginia, USS Utah, USS Maryland, USS Pennsylvania, USS Tennessee and USS Nevada- had suffered significant damage.
In all, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor crippled or destroyed nearly 20 American ships and more than 300 airplanes. Most important, 2,403 sailors, soldiers and civilians were killed and about 1,000 people were wounded