Pearl Harbor Lasting Effects

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Pearl Harbor Lasting Effects The Pearl Harbor attack severely crippled U.S. naval and air strength in the Pacific. However, the losses could have been much greater. If the Japanese had continued their assault on Pearl harbor it could have given them an even greater victory. However they did not destroy most of the docks, repair shops, warehouses, and ammunitions. One of the Japanese main objectives was to destroy the three American aircraft carriers stationed in the Pacific, but these were not present. The USS Enterprise (CV6) was a Yorktown class aircraft carrier. She was the only ship in U.S. Navy to earn the highest award of the British Admiralty Pennant and took part in almost every important engagement of the war against the Japanese. During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the…show more content…
But overall For one, the military started to believe in the value of the newly developed radar installation. Before then, they didn't have much confidence, but the radar operator had seen a rather large indication of incoming aircraft and blamed it on birds instead of the possibility of the Japanese invasion. Also, the attack resulted in an immediate U.S. declaration of war against Japan. Japanese Americans were not trusted since other Japanese had been assuring government officials that they wanted peace and that there was no possibility of an attack. Maybe it wasn't right to send all Japanese Americans to camps, but U.S. officials didn't see much of an option. Another Effect is that U.S. finally decided to enter WWII when before they tried to stay neutral. Overall the Japanese sank or severely damaged 18 ships, including the 8 battleships, three light cruisers, and three destroyers. On the airfields the Japanese destroyed 161 American planes (Army 74, Navy 87) and seriously damaged 102 (Army 71, Navy
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