Cause And Effect Essay: The Attack Of Pearl Harbor

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"Beep, Beep, Beep.." Privates Joseph Lockard and George Elliot raced to their superior to tell of the approaching planes. After they realized that the planes were American, the two alarmed men relaxed and returned to their duties. What they didn't realize at that moment, was that the approaching planes, along with submarines, could change the nation drastically. The attack of Pearl Harbor was a catastrophic event that caused death , pain, and suffering, both in a direct and indirect way. It killed nearly 2,500 people, caused the entrance of the US into World War Two, and changed the nation in other extravagant ways. Even though the attack of Pearl Harbor began on December 7th 1941, citizens of Oahu, Hawaii could feel that the atmosphere around…show more content…
Little did he know that the beginning of what would seem like the end would occur early the next morning. On December 7th at approximately 6:00 A.M., the first wave of 183 Japanese planes left their shores and headed towards their target of Oahu, Hawaii. Almost two hours later, according to Robert Sullivan from Time Magazine, commander Fuchida Mitsuo passed Lahilahi Point and shouted "Tora!Tora!Tora!", which was a coded signal that confirmed the surprise attack was occurring ("Timeline of Pearl Harbor"). The actual raid began at 7:55 A.M., with the attack of the American ships Raleigh, Helena, Utah, and Oklahoma. As bombs were being dropped, Logan Ramsey ran to a radio room and shouted the famous command, "Air raid, Pearl Harbor. This is not drill!" (Michael Gannon 3). Many soldiers recall this helpless moment where they could see their lives flash before their eyes and feel the anger, helplessness, and pain of that moment. As a result of this first attack, in addition to torpedoes, many US battle ships were annihilated as well as US planes that attempted to stop the attack. Ironically, Washington was just beginning to receive the news of the attack at the very same time that the Japanese were negotiating

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