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Pearl Harbor

 

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

Carriers 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 st ruck 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 075 3 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

US

Army: 218 KIA, 364 WIA.

US Navy: 2,008 KIA,

710 WIA.

US MarineCorp: 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 when a bomb hit her

magazine.

USS Oklahoma (BB-37) - Total loss

when she capsized and sunk in the harbor.

 

USS California (BB-4 4) - 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 (CA-38) -

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

-3 7 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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The day after 9/11 we should have declared war. 2,752 human lives lost that day............more than Pearl Harbor.

Tragedy.

 

Declared war on who or what country?

I think the president declared 'war' on terrorist???

 

 

Later,

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Declared war on who or what country?

I think the president declared 'war' on terrorist???

 

 

Later,

 

I know you're right. It just still gets to me, that's all. :patriot:

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