Pearl Harbor: A Tragic Events In American History

“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan” (American). President Roosevelt said this the day after Japan decided to bomb Pearl Harbor. The bombing of Pearl Harbor affected America in a bad way because there were many causalities as well as many ships lost. The attack of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, was a tragic event in American history. Throughout the 1930’s and 40’s Japan had been trying to conquer Asia. During this time, the United States had been helping Great Britain to fight against the Nazi’s by giving them supplies (Remembering). At the end of the summer in 1940, the United States had …show more content…
About 8:10 that morning the USS Arizona was mortally wounded (Military). The USS Oklahoma was attacked and capsized, entrapping four hundred and twenty-nine crew. Out of the six Japanese ships that attacked Pearl Harbor, only one the Ushio, survived the raid, but was later surrendered to the US at Yokosuka Naval base. Yamato was scared that the US would soon recover and fight back after he had learned that his forces did not destroy all of the US naval fleet. On December eighth 1941, President Roosevelt asked Congress to declare an official state of war on Japan and he got it granted; America was officially in the Second World War (“Remembering”). The US retaliated by seizing all of Japanese assets and closing the Panama Canal to Japanese shippings. Within two months, President Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 9066, to force a hundred-seventeen thousand of Japanese decedent and their children to move to relocation camps (Jardin). The Americans felt as though the Japanese Americans were the enemy and felt as though they needed to be protected by them. The relocation wrecked havoc on traditional families (Jardin). If a family was of Japanese ancestry in the Western part of Washington State they were removed the assembly center at the Puyallup Fairgrounds near …show more content…
The American military had a secret mission of where they were going to go bomb Japan in the heart. There were two bombs one known as “Little boy” and the other as “Fat man” (Bombing). After the US arrived to Japan the first bomb which equaled nine-thousand pounds was loaded onto a B-29 and dropped to Hiroshima (Bombing) . On August ninth, Major Charles Sweeney flew another B-29 to Japan where they were going to bomb Kokura but there were thick clouds so they changed their target to Nagasaki, where the bomb known as “Fat man” was dropped at 11:02. This bomb was more powerful than the one used at Hiroshima (bombing). As the war came to a close people of Japanese ancestry and their children were allowed to slowly leave the relocation camps and return to their hometowns (Document). Japanese emperor Hirohito announced the country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15th,1945. He cited that, “the devastating power of a new and most cruel bomb” (bombing.) The bombing of Pearl Harbor affected America in a bad way because there were many causalities as well as many ships

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