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On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor , Hawaii . By planning his attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carr iers and one of the Battleships were not in port. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island, where it had just delivered some aircraft. The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States.)

In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu, he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which struck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields in Hickam, Kaneohe and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets.

At 0753 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 "Val" dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the attack.
When it was over, the U.S. losses were:

Casualties
USA< /st1:country-region> : 218 KIA, 364 WIA.
USN: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA.
USMC: 109 KIA, 69 WIA.
Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA. TOTAL: 2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA.
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Battleships
USS Arizona (BB-39) - total loss whe n a bomb hit her magazine.
USS Oklahoma (BB-37) - Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor.
USS California (BB-44) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS West Virginia (BB-48) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS Nevada - (BB-36) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired.
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) - Light damage.
USS Maryland (BB-46) - Light damage.
USS Tennessee (BB-43) Light damage.
USS Utah (AG-16) - (former battleship used as a target) - Sunk.
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Cruisers
USS New Orleans (CA-32) - Light Damage..
USS San Francisco (CA38) - Light Damage.
USS Detroit (CL-8) - Light Damage.
USS Raleigh (CL-7) - Heavily damaged but repaired.
USS Helena (CL-50) - Light Damage.
USS Honolulu (CL-48) - Light Damage..
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Destroyers
USS Downes (DD-375) - Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Cassin - (DD-37 2) Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Shaw (DD-373) - Very heavy damage.
USS Helm (DD-388) - Light Damage.
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Minelayer
USS Ogala (CM-4) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.
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Seaplane Tender
USS Curtiss (AV-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.
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Repair Ship
USS Vestal (AR-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.
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Harbor Tug
USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.
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Aircraft
188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps.)

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I needed to get these posted now cause I won't be around till tomorrow evening.

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That was 74 years ago. It still is part of our living memory, because a lot of people are still alive that remember that day, and a lot of people are still alive that were young children then. So, it doesn't seem like ancient history. 75 years before Pearl Harbor, the Civil War had just ended. 75 years before the Civil War ended, Washington had just become President.

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My father told me that he saw something coming on the horizon with Japan or Europe, realized if he didn't enlist, he'd be drafted and might not get to choose his MOS. He enlisted in the army in December of 1940. He was an instructor in a radio school when Pearl Harbor occurred. He tried everything he could to be sent overseas, but he was declared "essential" stateside as an instructor. The only way he could get sent overseas is if he was an officer, because he wouldn't be reassigned to that same school. He graduated OCS and was stationed in Pearl Harbor for a time before he started his eventual move towards the Philippines, where he finished out the war.

 

We went to Pearl Harbor when I took him to Hawaii in 1996 or so. We visited the Arizona memorial, and he was visibly angry at the Japanese tourists, especially those being what we would consider disrespectful. He was shown great grace by the Navy personnel who were working at the memorial, and who were running the shuttle boat back and forth. That meant a lot to him, the way those Navy guys treated him when they found out he was a Pacific theater veteran. He talked about that not long before he passed in 2002.

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My father told me that he saw something coming on the horizon with Japan or Europe, realized if he didn't enlist, he'd be drafted and might not get to choose his MOS. He enlisted in the army in December of 1940. He was an instructor in a radio school when Pearl Harbor occurred. He tried everything he could to be sent overseas, but he was declared "essential" stateside as an instructor. The only way he could get sent overseas is if he was an officer, because he wouldn't be reassigned to that same school. He graduated OCS and was stationed in Pearl Harbor for a time before he started his eventual move towards the Philippines, where he finished out the war.

 

We went to Pearl Harbor when I took him to Hawaii in 1996 or so. We visited the Arizona memorial, and he was visibly angry at the Japanese tourists, especially those being what we would consider disrespectful. He was shown great grace by the Navy personnel who were working at the memorial, and who were running the shuttle boat back and forth. That meant a lot to him, the way those Navy guys treated him when they found out he was a Pacific theater veteran. He talked about that not long before he passed in 2002.

My father spent the majority of the war in the Navy stationed on Guadalcanal. He was 31 when the war ended. In the Korean War he was stationed in San Diego.

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Cool pics thanks.

 

This is our family Christmas Tree. We put up the tree this day lest we ever forget Pearl Harbor. Of the five of my family that served in WWII, only two survived, my father Army Air Corp and my cousin 101st Airborne.

 

Tj

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December 8, 1941AD, the day many of my relatives signed their name and:

 

I, _Elmer_Fudd___, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

 

 

(Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

 

if i were to join the military today i would NEVER allow these words to escape my lips.., "I will obey the orders of the President"

 

 

:anim_wave:

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That was 74 years ago. It still is part of our living memory, because a lot of people are still alive that remember that day, and a lot of people are still alive that were young children then. So, it doesn't seem like ancient history. 75 years before Pearl Harbor, the Civil War had just ended. 75 years before the Civil War ended, Washington had just become President.

 

"I Remember Pearl Harbor"

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I guess by today's standards and present administration, this act would have been considered nothing more than "workplace violence". Prayers and remembrance to all who died that day and throughout WWII. We'll never see their kind again.

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I guess by today's standards and present administration, this act would have been considered nothing more than "workplace violence". Prayers and remembrance to all who died that day and throughout WWII. We'll never see their kind again.

 

I'm not so sure about that. I know a few young people whom would stand up and fight for what is right........ it only take a small percentage to get the job done....

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What a mess. I too had several family members in the war. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it) all but one made it home OK less a few perforations. The one who did not, Todd Riff, went to Europe and joined the RAF. He was shot down over the English Channel. Rest in Peace, and might we Honor ALL who served and serve presently.

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I'm not so sure about that. I know a few young people whom would stand up and fight for what is right........ it only take a small percentage to get the job done....

 

Per Bullshooter: I guess by today's standards and present administration, this act would have been considered nothing more than "workplace violence". Prayers and remembrance to all who died that day and throughout WWII. We'll never see their kind again.

 

FDR's Pearl Harbor Infamy speech, as Obama would deliver it today

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/12/fdrs_pearl_harbor_infamy_speech_as_obama_would_deliver_it_today.html

 

edit... meant to respond to Bullshooter...

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Thanks for posting that video youngod. My dad was part of Day and was in France and Germany. I had one uncle who was a paratrooper in the Pacific (he made it but has since passed)and my dad's youngest brother went in just when the war ended and was part of the Occupation of Japan and spent 24 years in the Navy and retired as a Master Chief. He lives in San Diego area. Oh yeah, He ended up with a Japanese wife. That created some hard feelings with my Grandmother. She was really against it but with him still in the Navy and not home, it was a mute point.

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A sad day in hostory.

There generation was a great one. But there are many young men working hard and willing to go to the ends of the earth for what is just and right.

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Tomorrow is Pearl Harbor Day. Need to start this thread up again. I am sure some members here haven't seen these..

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God bless all who serve.

 

As dastardly as that attack was I have to say 9/11 was worse. At least the Japanese wore uniforms, flew in planes visibly marked as Japanese Navy and attacked primarily military targets unlike the godless muslim slime that hit us in NY and Washington.

 

Why we havent nuked those f@ckers yet is beyond me.

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God bless all who serve.

As dastardly as that attack was I have to say 9/11 was worse. At least the Japanese wore uniforms, flew in planes visibly marked as Japanese Navy and attacked primarily military targets unlike the godless muslim slime that hit us in NY and Washington.

Why we havent nuked those f@ckers yet is beyond me.

The Japanese had honor. It was a surprise attack that they hoped would keep us out of the war. They were wrong. The Muslims think in a similar way. They think they can keep attacking us and we will change our daily lives and live in fear of them. They have no honor. They are wrong.

 

God bless the United States and watch over our men and women who fight for us every day.

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That was 74 years ago. It still is part of our living memory, because a lot of people are still alive that remember that day, and a lot of people are still alive that were young children then. So, it doesn't seem like ancient history. 75 years before Pearl Harbor, the Civil War had just ended. 75 years before the Civil War ended, Washington had just become President.

 

I try and get such time perspectives communicated to young people all the time.

It is difficult.

Thanks for a great one.

I will be using it.

Young people have lost the connection with History,

and we all know how bad that is,

and how it leaves our young (and even not-so-young) people vulnerable to the latest snake oil salesman of the day.

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