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USS Arizona Memorial December 7th 1941 was the opening of World War 2 in the Pacific arena In 1931 Japan invaded Chinas northern parts and then in 1937 Japan announced a full invasion of China The United States couldnt just stand by and let Japan take over Asias parts so they moved their fleets to Pearl Harbor The strongest ships were the battleships which were named after the states of the union US Arizona was made in 1915 and then was Rebuilt and updated in 1930 The ship was surrounded with over 8000 tons of armor plating and had 14 guns that could shoot bullets over 20 miles Since President Theodore Roosevelt didnt like that idea of just standing around and letting Japan take over Asia he ordered that the US stop all shipments and deliveries of American oil to Japan American oil was very important to Japan and so they were upset and had to take charge The US knew that a surprise attack in Pearl Harbor could happen and they thought they were ready for it US Commanding officer Hudman E Kimmel sent out his fleets to exercise and prepare just in case the Japanese decided to plan an attack On November 26th 1941 Japan sent 6 aircraft carriers to Hawaii The US had up to date radars and anti- cap guns that could help protect OahuWheeler Airforce base watched the skies and if signaled by Wheeler Hickam Airforce base could attack the Japanese Fleets before they were even ready for the attack The night before the attack December 6th 1941 the band on Arizona was holding a band concert on board and no one thought that that would be theyre last day of peace At 6 am 220 miles north of Oahu the still undetected aircraft carriers of Japan sent their planes to Pearl Harbor First they sent off the Fighters then the Attack Planes that had special bombs to
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