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CATEGORY: Pearl Harbor Attack
Why Did Japan Attack Pearl Harbor?
April 10, 2018

By the time the first Japanese bomber appeared over Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, tensions between Japan and the United States had been mounting for the better part of a decade, making war seem inevitable. Read More

Pearl Harbor, 1941: From a Sailor’s Perspective
December 7, 2017

What It was like to be a sailor during the Pearl Harbor attack. Read More

World War II’s Bizarre “Battle of Los Angeles”
February 23, 2017

On February 25, 1942, an infamous false alarm saw American military units unleash a torrent of anti-aircraft fire in the skies over Los Angeles. Read More

The Midget Subs That Beat the Planes to Pearl Harbor
December 6, 2016

Hours before enemy planes filled the skies above Pearl Harbor, Japanese midget submarines were already lurking below water in a little-known aspect of the attack. Read More

After Pearl Harbor: The Secret Plan to Hide America’s Iconic Documents
December 2, 2016

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government undertook a secret operation to hide the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other treasured American artifacts. Read More

After Pearl Harbor: The Race to Save the U.S. Fleet
December 1, 2016

The Japanese attack caught the U.S. Navy off guard but ultimately failed to cripple its war effort at sea, thanks to a massive salvage effort that began almost as soon as the smoke cleared. Read More

Heroes of Pearl Harbor: George Welch and Kenneth Taylor
November 28, 2016

During the attack on Pearl Harbor, U.S. pilots George Welch and Kenneth Taylor managed to get airborne under fire—twice—and shot down at least six Japanese planes between them. Read More

In Reversal, Pearl Harbor Unknowns to Be Exhumed
April 22, 2015

Changing course, the Pentagon will exhume and try to identify the remains of hundreds of USS Oklahoma sailors killed during the 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing. Read More

Oldest Surviving USS Arizona Crewman Dies at 100
February 10, 2015

Joe Langdell, the oldest surviving crewman assigned to USS Arizona during the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, died last week at age 100. Read More

5 Facts About Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona
December 7, 2011

Explore little-known facts about the "date which will live in infamy." Read More