The Battle Of The World War II Essay

1578 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 7 Pages
On December 7, 1941 the United States was forcefully launched into World War II by the attack that the Empire of Japan had set in motion. Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, with her blue waters and tropical greenery is a beautiful gem of the Pacific Ocean. On “a date that will live in infamy” Japanese pilots proceeded to blitz the presumed “non-torpedo-able” harbor in a maelstrom pulse of terror. Japanese Zeros with their arsenal of modified torpedoes assaulted, destroyed, and damaged several ships leaving the Pacific Fleet of the Navy crippled. Death tolls rose to more than two-thousand service men. The day was a grim and sudden. Army Major Shawn Russell agrees, “to have that taken away so violently on December 7th must have felt like a violation of what that place was supposed to be. So as a location, it symbolizes the difference between how beautiful a place can be and yet how quickly it can be taken away, your whole world--the whole world--changed forever” (Russell). It has been almost 74 years since the attack and it is still a major part of American history and culture. From that day forward pop culture continues to remember, acknowledge, grieve and memorialize the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the war an iconic image we know at “Rosie the Riveter” was birthed. Men were enlisting in different branches of military, and this left women to fill the gaps in the American workforce. History.com recognizes, “between 1940 and 1945, the female…

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