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Sergei Babin
Park High School

To what extent did the Attack on Pearl Harbor impact the Unites States Navy?

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Section A-Plan of Investigation………………………………………………………………………………………Page 3

Section B-Summary of Evidence…………………………………………………………………………………….Page 4

Section C-Evaluation of Resources…………………………………………………………………………………Page 6

Section D-Analysis…………………………………………………………………………………………………………Page 7

Section E-Conclusion……………..………………………………………………………………………………………Page 8

Section F-List of Sources………………………………………………………………………………………………..Page 9

Section A - Plan of Investigation

Did you know the number of casualties that occurred at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese surprise attack? 2403 people died on that day. To what extent did the Attack on Pearl Harbor impact the United States navy? In order for me to do this project I decided that it will be crucial for me to find some good books on the topic of Pearl Harbor. The first step in the research project was look for books in my high school library. I was unable to find books that described the effects after the bombing so I decided to go to the public library and checked out books that had information about the attack and the effects it had on the nation. In section B I will give factual information on both the attack on Pearl Harbor and the impact the attack had on the United States Navy. In section C I will state the sources that I used to find the given information and will evaluate how and why these resources are both beneficial to me and the fellow reader of this paper. In section D I will analyze the information of why the attack on Pearl Harbor impacted the United States Navy. In section E I will conclude my thesis statement and the close my paper.

Section B - Summary of Evidence
For more than a week eighty two ships of the United States Navy steamed through the blue waters of the South pacific. Planes from three aircraft carriers scouted for Japanese submarines hoping to spot the Japanese armada. For the first weekend since July 4 all the battleships were in the port at once. Normally they took turns-six might be out with Admiral Pye’s battleship task force, or three would be off with Admiral Halsey’s carrier task force. This was Pye’s turn in, but Halsey was out on a special assignment leaving his battleships behind. The attack began at 7:55 A.M., and ended shortly before 10:00 A.M. The Japanese surprise attack killed 2403 people and destroyed the United States Navy fleet. 2008 men were killed, 710 were wounded. The civilian casualties were 68 killed, 35 wounded. All together the total lose at Pearl Harbor was 2403 people of which ½ where from the battleship Arizona blowing up. During the attack the Japanese planned to do two things. Their first priority was to destroy the U.S aircraft carriers. This never happened because luckily they were all at sea. Their second plan was to destroy all the oil fields on the island so that the U.S could not participate in the Pacific warfare. They did not destroy the oil fields and the U.S was able to participate in the war against Japan and Germany. By 9:45 A.M less than two hours after the first wave had commenced the surprise attack o Pearl Harbor; the pilots of the second wave had finished their job and turned to fly back to their carriers north of the island. In the wake the Japanese left Pearl Harbor in ruin, black smoke covered the blue sky. The surface of the Harbor’s normally calm water was covered with thick layer of burning fuel. The USS Arizona was a total loss, still burning with only a small portion of the bridge appearing above the water’s surface. The USS Oklahoma was capsized to port, sinking in to the mud of the harbor upside down. On this ship more than 400 men died. The USS California suffered the same faith with about 100 deaths and many wounded. Fire crews worked hard to extinguish the flames around the USS Tennessee. The big battleship’s guns had fought throughout most of the...
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