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A day that will live in infamy was what President Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt called December 7 1941 Although World War II had been going on for quite some time the US had never wanted to become involved They signed various peace treaties such as the Neutrality Acts which stated that the US would not help either side in the war Although the US was staying neutral they had done many things to help the allied powers and diminish the possible communist takeover being sought by the axis powers The three communist leaders were Benitto Mussolini dictator of Italy Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany and Joseph Stalin dictator of the Soviet Union The three leaders believed that Fascism was the best type of government They ruled over their people with terror Hitler took it to the extreme and created Nazism which gave him control over everything in his country The US knew that Fascism and Nazism were not the right way to run a country but they did not want to have to enter the war unless it was completely necessary Then on December 7 1941 Japanese B-17 fighter planes attack the US Naval Base Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu On the morning of December 7 1941 two soldiers gave news to their commanding officer that their were B-17s coming to the mainland The officer ignored the message because he was expecting a friendly squadron of B-17s that afternoon but thirty minutes later the first bomb was dropped The Japanese sent 350 B-17 bombers on six aircraft carriers The reason for using B-17s was because their primary objective was to destroy as many ships as possible During the attack eight American battleships and 13 other naval vessels were sunk or badly damaged almost 200 American aircraft were destroyed and approximately 3000 naval and military personnel were killed or wounded The day after the attack December 8 1941 President Roosevelt declared war on the Japan
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