Pearl Harbor Essay

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Thalya De La Rosa EN-068 Cause and Effect 3/7/12 Cause and Effect on Pearl Harbor Do you think the attack on Pearl Harbor had many effects on the United States? It was a surprise, the military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941. The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions. The attack came as a shock to the American people and directly led the United States of American to enter World War II. Even though, the U.S. Military wasn’t holding back. However, The Japanese attacked the United States without warning. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began at 7:55 am on December 7, 1941. Whereas, the Japanese naval forces compiled for the raid included heavy aircraft carriers, heavy cruisers, submarines, light cruisers, oilers, 2 battleships and 11 destroyers. The attacking forces came in two waves; the first attack consisted of 183 aircraft which also had 40 torpedo planes, 49 level bombers, 51 dive bombers and 43 fighters. The second wave included 170 planes, 54 of them level bombers, 80 dive-bombers and 36 fighters, Over 350 Japanese planes were involved in the attack, which surprised the United States. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto once said “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve” after the attack. The attack on Pearl Harbor killed 2,400 Americans and wounded another 1,200. Of those dead, 1,103 sailors and marines were killed when a Japanese bomb penetrated the battleship USS Arizona, sinking the ship and the men aboard it. The USS Oklahoma, another battleship, was also sunk with heavy loss of life. The other six battleships were damaged, and so were a

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