Pearl Harbor – Hawaii

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt

December 7, 1941 is a very infamous day which just about all Americans know about.  It was the day that the Japanese attacked the U.S. naval base, killing over two thousand people and destroying many ships.  It was the day that began America’s decision to enter World War II.

We went to the Pearl Harbor National memorial and took an audio tour, walked around, and got to go on the USS Arizona, USS Missouri, and USS Bowfin Submarine.  We also tried out virtual reality headsets where we could watch a video of the pearl harbor attack and explore the park.

The USS Arizona was sunk during the attack, killing many people onboard, but in 1955, a memorial was constructed over the sunken hull.  We had to take a boat to get to the memorial, and once inside. we were able to look around and view the names of many of the people killed and the ones who survived.

The USS Missouri is where World War II formally ended.  High-ranking officials of the Allied Powers came aboard to sign the Instrument of Surrender onboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.  We were given a tour of the huge ship, and were able to view copies of the important document.

The USS Bowfin conducted nine war patrols (for enemy ships of boats) during World War II.  We were able to go inside and take an audio tour of the submarine.

Since a lot of our relatives are in Hawaii, and some of our older ones were there as children during the attack on Pearl Harbor, I got to ask some of them about what it was like.  From what I heard, they were a very safe distance from the actual attack, but some of them could still hear it and/or see the planes or signs of the bombing going on.

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