On December 7, 1941, the Japanese military unforgettably attacked and bombed the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. In 1939, it was decided that Pearl Harbor would be America’s “Gibraltar of the Pacific,” acting as the home port for the Pacific fleet (Parrish). The base at Pearl Harbor was thought to be impregnable, able to withstand and resist any attack that could be made. This decision made Pearl Harbor the stronghold of the United States. This title intrigued other nations that were in opposition to the United States. In the eyes of the Japanese, Pearl Harbor was not viewed as a powerful fort but a target. On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval base at Pearl Harbor, killing thousands of Americans and destroying many battleships and aircrafts (“Depression”). Americans never saw this attack coming and were not prepared to defend themselves against Japanese fighter planes and their bombs. This attack caused the death of over 2,400 Americans; it caused more than 1,100 Americans wounds; ...
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