by George E. Elliott
by David J. Castello
of your age, or your interest in World War II, a visit to Pearl
Harbor Hawaii is an extremely emotional experience. There are
many war memorials across America, but there's something truly
different here. At 7:55 on the sunny morning of Sunday, December
7, 1941, 183 Japanese warplanes swooped out of a cloudless sky
and demolished the US Pacific fleet docked at Pearl Harbor. It
was this single catastrophic event, not the invasion of Poland,
the Battle of Britain or the persecution of the Jews, that finally
dragged the United States into World War II.
Japanese warplanes rev up their engines on the morning
of Sunday, December 7, 1941
But you already knew that, right? What you didn't know, and won't
until you set foot on this beautiful island, is that Pearl Harbor
has a way of pulling you back in time and wrapping its suntanned
fingers around your heart like no other place in the world. The
Hawaiian Islands are truly America's paradise and you are seduced
by the perfumed scent of tropical
flowers and soft kiss of Pacific trade winds the moment you arrive
in Honolulu. Here, stress has a magical way of evaporating from
your body. And the last thing you can imagine, as you close your
eyes and stretch out on a balmy Oahu beach, is the thought of
hundreds of killing machines suddenly screaming down upon you.
It is this horrible paradox that will forever haunt Pearl Harbor
and leave its indelible mark upon your soul.
The Japanese dive bombers are long gone, but the wondrous allure
of this tropical island remains. And so do the bodies of over
1,000 American sailors - still entombed in the hull of the U.S.S.
Arizona Battleship Memorial
At Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona suffered direct-hits from four
800-kg bombs dropped by high-altitude Japanese Kates and the remains
of over 1,000 crewmen are still entombed in her hull. Even today,
droplets of oil still leak to the surface. Complete caualty list,
survivor list, ship's specifications, construction history, museum
hours, address and directions to the memorial. Get there early
- tickets can be gone by noon ....more
Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park
Launched exactly a year after the attack on December 7, 1942,
the USS Bowfin was nicknamed the Pearl Harbor Avenger. She made
good on her name and sank an amazing 44 ships during the course
of nine war patrols in World War II. The history of the USS Bowfin,
submarine's specifications, museum hours, address and directions
to the memorial. ...more
Missouri Battleship Memorial
On the deck of the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945, General
Douglas MacArthur accepted Japan's surrender, thereby ending World
War II. The Mighty Mo was the last battleship ever built and the
biggest. At almost 900 feet long, she is an awesome spectacle
and one of the most popular attractions in Pearl Harbor and Hawaii.
History of the USS Missouri, ship's specifications, museum hours
and directions to the memorial. ...more
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Asked Questions About Pearl Harbor
Is it true that oil still leaks from the USS Arizona?
What happened to the man who said, “Don’t worry about
it…” when informed by radar technicians about a large
number of planes heading toward O’ahu? Why were the crewmembers’
bodies never removed from the USS Arizona? What happened
to the surviving crewmembers immediately after the explosion?
How did they feel about surviving when so many were lost? What
eventually happened to the battleships Oklahoma and Utah?