World War II: The Day Of Pearl Harbor

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“No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.” This quote by President Roosevelt is correct when it comes to World War Two. The war in Europe was raging and the United States was trying their hardest not to get involved with the fighting. December 7, 1941 that all changed, this date is one of the most well known dates in American history, this is the day of Pearl Harbor. Even though the Americans tried, we failed on staying neutral. Many rumors were floating around that the Japanese might bomb the United States and afterwards there were many rumors of why the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The United States, devastated that the …show more content…
Soon after the other Axis powers declared war on the United States, and we were in the war. The Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, was happy that we had finally joined the war. After the war ended, America finally made Hawaii a state in 1959.
Some of the rumors that floated were facts, on November 30, 1941 the headlines on the Hilo Tribune Herald were “JAPAN MAY STRIKE OVER WEEKEND”, it continues to say that “Japan’s military leaders have already sent a fleet of aircraft carriers to the Hawaiian Islands. Their target will be pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu.” This would have sent the Americans in a frenzy, if only they knew. There were far more rumors of what happened at Pearl Harbor, most saying that President Roosevelt engineered what happened. On December 4, the Chicago Tribune’s had an article on Roosevelt’s war plans, only because rumors of war were spreading like wildfire. Then came what was known as “Operation Z” or “Operation Hawaii”. This air raid was planned out very well, for the Japanese military had been planning it for months. The day had arrived and
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Roosevelt’s war plan was to aid Great Britain in defeating the German Nazi army and turn the attention back to the war in the Pacific with Hideki Tojo’s Japanese army. Finally, on September 7, 1945 the war in Europe was over, we could turn our guns in the opposite direction. We started by taking back a majority of the islands that the Japanese took away, such as Wake Island, the Philippines, and Guam. The Japanese wanted to attack the territory that is now known as Alaska and also many places in Canada. While the United States Navy was under the command of Admiral Chester Nimitz, they named the method of war the japanese navy and army were using, ‘Island-Hopping’. As soon as the fighting started getting hot and heavy, President Roosevelt saw that the word ‘surrender’ obviously was not in the Japanese vocabulary. The President had many things to think about, meanings that many scientists in the States were developing something new to the world, the atomic bomb. We had the first bomb reversed for Hiroshima and hoped that we would have to use the other, this was called the Manhattan Project. A B-29 bomber named Enola Gay dropped “Little Boy” on the city. This ‘little’ bomb did not kill many people instantly, in the months to follow about 140,000 people died. On August 9, 1945 80,000 people died with the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan. Finally aboard the USS Missouri September 2, 1945,

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