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    In the early morning hours of December 7th 1941, the sleepy US possesion of Oahu was attacked by the aircraft of 6 large carries belonging to the Japanese empire.

    Catching the US forces unprepared the Japanese managed to destoy 2 US Battleships (Arizona & Oklahoma) and damage 5 of the remaining 6 in the harbor.

    In addition a 188 US aircraft were destoryed and 2,402 US personel lost their lives, with 1,282 wounded, a large part of this members of USS Arizona.

    After the war the US dedicated the hulk of the Arizona a memorial to those lost on her, and a plaque now reads that 'she will fly her country's flag forvere, as proudly as she did on the morning of December 7h 1941'.

    Arizona, BB 39 as she looked on December 6th, 1941.
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    An airial view of her memorial:
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    The attack plan for Peral harbor was based on two previous factors, a US excersize in the late 20s showed that the place was vulnerable, and in 1940 the Britsih attacked the Italains at Taranto with slow torpedo planes wrecking three italian BBs.

    The leader of the combined Japanese fleet, isoruko Yamamoto was well aware of both incedents and based his attack plans on these events.

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    The plan called for 6 aircraft carries (Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu, Soryu, Shokaku, Zuikaku) to sail from a base in the Kurile islands north of Japan and sail accross the pacific on a northern course to avoid traffic, and strike at dawn on a sunday for maximum surprise.

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    Of the 6 Pearl harbor BB survivors, they would have their revenge in the war, they would help destroy the Japanese navy at leyte Gulf, and several would be in Toyyo bay for Japan's surrender in 1945.

    USS California burning and sinking at pearl
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    Rebuilt USS California won 7 battle stars in the Pacific war (a battlestar is issued for each major battle)
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    USS West Virginia awash
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    Rebuilt USS West Virgina earned 5 battle stars, Marines stormed ashore on both Iwo Jima & okinawa under her guns
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    The USS Tennesse (Inboard of West Virginia) gives off heavy smoke from several hits
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    Rebuilt Tennesse (Navy unit commendation, 10 battle stars) bombards Okinawa
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    USS Maryland stands too besides the Oklahoma
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    Rebuilt USS Maryland (7 battlestars) at full steam
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    USS Nevada was the only US battleshup to get underway during the attack, but she had to be beached before she could get to sea.

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    Rebulit USS Nevada earned 7 battlestars, and was also present at teh Normandy landings of D-day, the only US BB to be bart of Pearl Harbor, Normandy and Okinawa.
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    The USS Pennsylvania was in #1 drydock and was the least damaged of the battleships at pearl that morning.
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    The rebuilt Uss Pennsylvania earned a unit citation and 8 battlestars in WWII
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    Husband J Kimmel was the commander of the US pacific fleet.

    He and army commander walter short were blamed for the surprise attack, despite the fact that the government withheld vital intelligenec of Japanese intentions.

    On May 25, 1999, the United States Senate passed a resolution exonerating Kimmel and Short in a 52 to 47 vote. The resolution stated they had performed their duties “competently and professionally” and that the Japanese attacks were “not a result of dereliction of duty.” "They were denied vital intelligence that was available in Washington," said Senator William V. Roth Jr. (R-DE), noting that they had been made scapegoats by the Pentagon. Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC) called Kimmel and Short "the two final victims of Pearl Harbor."

    Neither Clinton, GW Bush nor Obama has confirmed that senate vote.

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