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Summary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor 755 AM on Sunday December 7 1941 a wave of Japanese bombers struck the United States fleet at Pearl Harbor theamerican naval base in Hawaii The United States navy was taken totally by surpriseAmerican military leaders had been warned of a possible Japenese attackbut theyexpected it in southeast Asia not Pearl Harbor Thus no special precautions had been taken and most of the fleet was caught at anchor Of the large ships based at PearlHarbor only the aircraft carriers were not docked at the time of the attackPearlHarbor was a catastophe for the United States Nineteen ships including six battleships sank or suffered severe damage Japanese destroyed more than 180 aircraft still on theground More than 2300 american soldiers died and nearly 2000 more were wounded The next day a visibly grim and shaken President addressed a special joint session ofcongress The hall was silent as Roosevelt described the sudden and deliberate attack on United States forces on a day which will live in infamy Roosevelt asked congress to declare a state of war between the United States and Japan Within hours Congress approved a decloration of war with only one negative vote Three days later Japans european allies Germany and Italy declared war on the United States Congress immediately passed a declaration of war against the two european powers For the second time in less than 25 years the United States was at war
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