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Pearl Harbor The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii on December 7 1941 at 750 AM on a Sunday morning There were over 3500 Navy Army and Marine troops killed Four battle ships were sunk and many over military vessels were heavily damaged The US and Japan had not yet declared war and the US military divisions were not on any type of wartime alert In fact the Japanese diplomats were in Wash DC Conferring on possible ways to resolve their differences Prior to the bombing the US had broken Japans secret code and interpreted Japans messages about the bombing of Pearl Harbor An inexperienced officer disregarded the message The Japanese planes were concealed by a favorable weather front and not detected by radar Many of the US military troops were still sleeping early Sunday morning when Japan attacked Immediately after the attack the US declared war on Japan My knowledge of Pearl Harbor bombing was learned from the US Navys tour of Pearl Harbor while I was in Oahu Hawaii in 1995 and information Ive read in the encyclopedia and heard from my grandfather The viewpoint of my knowledge of Pearl Harbor is from the historical movie presented by the US Navy with actual interviews of military officers and President Franklin d Roosevelt as well as the actual bombing of Pearl Harbor filmed What lead to Pearl Harbors bombing was most importantly a disregarded warning received by an inexperienced officer Also it was an early Sunday morning and most men were still sleeping and not on wartime alert so the Japanese could easily walk right in At the time there was heavy cloud cover and it was an overcast morning The heavy cloud cover made it so that the Japanese planes could not be spotted on the radar After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor the US declared war which caused a large number of casualties and losses If the US
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