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9 Essential Facts About the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Read up on the surprise military strike that catapulted America into WWII.

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  • Photo taken from a Japanese plane during the attack.Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Both the US and Japan were interested in islands around the Pacific long before World War II.

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  • An 1898 political cartoon showing America's influence from the Philippines to Puerto Rico.

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Tensions had been rising between the US and Japan for years.

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  • Japanese soldiers enter the city of Peiping (Beijing) in 1937.

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The US expected an attack, just not on Pearl Harbor.

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  • Pearl Harbor months before the attack.

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The Japanese planned the attack for over a year.

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  • Isoroku Yamamoto and his advisors in 1940.

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The Japanese planes were first detected almost an hour before the attack.

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  • A Japanese torpedo bomber.

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The attack lasted less than two hours.

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  • The USS Arizona burns.

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Pearl Harbor hero Doris “Dorie” Miller became the first Black man to be awarded the Navy Cross.

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  • Doris Miller receives the Navy Cross, 1942.

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The attack was not actually successful in achieving Japan’s goal.

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  • Allied battleships (including the USS West Virginia) await Japan's surrender in 1945.

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The attack galvanized Americans to enter WWII.

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  • FDR addresses Congress on December 8th, 1941.

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