Pearl Harbor is an American lagoon harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, west of Honolulu.It has been long visited by the Naval fleet of the United States, before it was acquired from the Hawaiian Kingdom by the U.S. with the signing of the Reciprocity Treaty of 1875.
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Precisely at 7:55 A.M. on Sunday, December 7,1941, a devastating Japanese aerial attack struck the island of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. When it was over, the battleships of our Pacific Fleet, moored by pairs in their Pearl Harbor base, had received a mortal blow.
At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, Cdr. Harry L. Thompson was Executive Officer of USS Nevada (BB-36). The following recording of Cdr. Thompson's memories of the attack was made after the war at a family gathering. It was originally made on a home-made wire recorder.
- Attractions at Pearl Harbor. Immerse yourself for a part or more of the day in five historic sites that comprise Pearl Harbor today: the WWII Valor in the Pacific, Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, USS Oklahoma Memorial and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.
- WWII Valor in the Pacific (USS Arizona Memorial) The site of the most devastating loss of life, the USS Arizona was hit by a 1,760-pound armor-piercing bomb at 8:06 a.m.
- Battleship Missouri Memorial. General Macarthur accepted the unconditional Japanese surrender that ended World War II on September 2, 1945, on the Surrender Deck of the Battleship Missouri.
- USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Also known as the “Pearl Harbor Avenger,” the USS Bowfin (SS-287) is one of 288 U.S. submarines that carried out the war in the Pacific.
USS Arizona exploded and sank during the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Some of the USS Arizona salvaged artifacts , taken from the wreck of the USS Arizona battleship after it exploded and sank in the 1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor , are displayed in several locations in the U.S. State of Arizona .
Wake Island, a solitary atoll in the central Pacific, was being developed as a U.S. Navy air station and submarine base at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. It was also a Pan-American Airlines...
A fellow named Tom Stephens was on the city desk doing the dog watch, and I guess about two o'clock he came belting into my office, his face ashen, and said, "The police radio says that the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor!" So I said: "Call the White House and see if you can get a confirmation."
10 August 1941, the top British agent, code named "Tricycle", Dusko Popov, told the FBI of the planned attack on Pearl Harbor and that it would be soon. The FBI told him that his information was "too precise, too complete to be believed.