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Awarding the Heroes of Pearl Harbor

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One final Pearl Harbor article before we forget that day for another year. This is about the men who in many cases gave their lives during that attack, and others whose heroism was amazing by any stretch of the imagination. We can write about ships and tactics, politics and strategy but in the end war always comes down to the sacrifice of human beings. Sacrifice that more often than not cannot be measured and only be recognized by the people of a nation in their words, and with a small amount of metal and fabric, something that we call a medal. Until tomorrow.
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On the morning of December 7th 1941 aircraft from the Japanese First Air Fleet attacked the United States Pacific Fleet as it lay at anchor at Pearl Harbor.

The attack inflicted great damage and casualties on the Pacific Fleet as well as the Army Air Forces based on Oahu. On that fateful Sunday the US Navy had 19 ships sunk or damaged. The Navy, Marine Corps and Army Air Corps lost 188 aircraft destroyed and another 159 damaged. 2402 American Sailors, Marines and Soldiers, including members of the Army Air Corps lost their lives and another 1247 were wounded.

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It was a day where men, suddenly shaken from their peacetime routine by bombs, bullets and torpedoes conducted themselves in in an extraordinary manner. When the last Japanese aircraft turned away the previously placid waters of Pearl Harbor were littered with wrecked and sunken ships, blazing fires and the bodies of…

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Pearl Harbor, the Missing Carriers: USS Enterprise, USS Lexington and USS Saratoga

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One of the most interesting things about the Pearl Harbor attack is what ships were not present, the American aircraft carriers. In 1941 the aircraft carrier was still considered by most naval leaders to be a support to fleets of battleships. Despite the fact that Admiral Yamamoto relied on his carrier strike force for the attack on Pearl Harbor, even he did not recognize that the day of the battleship’s supremacy was at an end. So here is the story of the ships that were missing on December 7th 1941.
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On the morning of December 7th 1941 8 of the 9 Battleships assigned to the US Pacific Fleet were in Pearl Harbor. Seven, the USS California, USS Maryland, USS Oklahoma, USS Tennessee, USS West Virginia, USS Arizona and USS Nevada were moored on Battleship Row. The USS Pennsylvania was in the massive dry dock which she shared with the destroyers USS Cassin and USS Downes. The USS Colorado, a sister ship of Maryland and West Virginia was at the Puget Sound Naval Yard being overhauled.

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USS West Virginia sinking at left and USS Tennessee burning at Pearl Harbor

At the time both the United States Navy and the Japanese Imperial Navy still viewed the Battleships as the heart of the fleet and the essence of naval power. Aircraft Carriers were still viewed as an adjunct and support to the traditional battle line.

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In Harm’s Way: The Ships that Got Underway at Pearl Harbor

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First of two articles today on Pearl Harbor. This is a re-post of an article that I did last year. This is about the ships that somehow got underway during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Each one has an amazing story, and most got underway without key members of their crews and even their commanding officers. They are a testament to the courage, devotion and honor of those who serve in the United States Navy.
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They were an odd collection of ships. A battleship, two modern light cruisers, an elderly light cruiser and a collection of destroyers, destroyer minesweepers and destroyer minelayers. Yet in the midst of the din and bloody chaos of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor these ships, sometimes with only the most junior of officers in charge got underway and took to sea in order to seek out and engage the Japanese.

Their sortie is dramatized in the Otto Preminger film In Harm’s Way. 

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For the first forty minutes of the attack only two ships were underway. The USS Ward which had sunk the Japanese midget submarine outside the harbor entrance an hour before the attack began. The USS Helm was in the main channel as the attack began. They were joined over the next two hours by other ships.

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The USS Nevada was the only battleship to get underway…

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