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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.
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.
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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