December 07, 2010

The 69th Anniversary of the "Day of Infamy"

Just in case your social progressive educator (aka teacher) skipped the lesson on this date in American History:

Pearl Harbor: December 7, 1941

U.S.S. Arizona Memorial

Pearl Harbor is a large U.S. Naval installation located on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. On Sunday, December 7th, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed here. This precipitated The United States’ entry into WW II.

Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo hoped to catch the entire US fleet in port, but the aircraft carriers and one of the battleships were not there.

When the attack was over: 2,403 killed
                        (over 1,000 from the USS Arizona, alone) including 68 civilians

Of the 8 Battleships in port, 5 were Sunk:
USS Arizona: Total loss when a bomb hit her magazine; 1,144 lost
USS Oklahoma: Total loss when she capsized and sank; 429 lost
USS California: Sunk at her berth
USS West Virginia: sunk at her berth
USS Utah: sunk
USS Pennsylvania: light damage
USS Maryland: light damage
USS Tennessee: light damage
USS Nevada: beached to prevent sinking


 The U.S.S. Arizona, then

   The U.S.S. Arizona , Now

The U.S.S. Arizona's 'Tears'

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