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Admiral Husband E Kimmel the Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet was looking forward to a relaxing 9-hole round of golf His match with General Walter Short was scheduled for 930AM Hawaii Time One hour and 45 minutes before he was set to tee off Kimmel received a phone call from Commander Vincent Murphy reporting the sighting of a Japanese submarine in the Pearl Harbor entry channel Just as Kimmel was exiting his quarters the USS Arizona burst into flames The first wave of Japans December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor lasted from 753 AM-825 AM First Oahus marine airfields were bombed crippling the islands air defenses Commander Mitsuo Fuchida explained the Japanese strategy to first knock out the islands defense then temporally disable the United States Pacific fleet by sinking battleships and aircraft carriers Battleship Row consisting of eight battleships was first hit by torpedo-plane assault at 755am At 810am the forward powder magazine of the USS Arizona exploded 90 of her crew died The USS Utah capsized at 812am The USS Maryland did the same twenty minutes later The second raid began at around nine just as Rear Admiral Walter Anderson arrived and began to direct rescues and damage control It ended at 935am The entire course of Battleship row took hits The USS California Tennessee West Virginia Maryland and Nevada all were struck by enemy fire When the Japanese began their return to their carriers 2273 Army and Navy were dead 1119 were wounded Sixteen out of the 101 warships anchored at Pearl Harbor were extremely damaged Five would not fight in the remainder of WWII Utah Oklahoma Arizona Cassin and Downes 96 Army Air Force planes were destroyed as were 92 of the Navy ad Marine air bases Japan also captured 1951 prisoners of war from the military and civilian populations of Guam and Wake Island Fifteen civilians were killed and many more were injured The
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