Remembering The Bombing of Pearl Harbor


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Written by Annie Coniglio, News Editor, Editor-in-chief

With the anniversary of Pearl Harbor recently passing it is important to remember the significance of this day. 79 years ago on December 7th, 1941 Japan landed a surprise attack on the U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor. Japanese forces launched 353 warplanes from their four heavy carriers including: 40 torpedo planes, 103 level bombers, 131 dive-bombers, and 79 fighters. Japan also released two heavy cruisers, 35 submarines, two light cruisers, nine oilers, two battleships, and 11 destroyers. The bombing of Pearl Harbor killed 2,403 U.S. Personnel and demolished 19 U.S. Navy Ship including 8 battleships. These actions inevitably entered the United States into World War II.
Japan’s motive for bombing Pearl Harbor was to debilitate the U.S. Naval Base in hopes that the American people would admit defeat allowing Japan to continue its imperial expansion. However, Japan received the opposite response because America came together to conquer the axis power. As a result of Pearl Harbor, the United States created the Atomic Bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

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