Pearl Harbor

Powerful Essays
Jasmine Arellano
English 10 Pre-ap
11 May 2012 The attack of Pearl Harbor left many Americans in pain and in shock on the day of December 7, 1941. Since the attack, Americans have advanced in new weapons that now have an overwhelming impact on war, leaving the Americans almost undeafeatable. The attack of Pearl Harbor was important for Americans because it brought forth the atomic age, it caused the United States to be involved in World War II, and it gave the Americans determination. When Americans were bombed they lost many friends and relatives that day. Don Van Der Vat, a very successful author of several works on modern warfare, states in his book Pearl Harbor: The Day of Infamy, that a majority of the loses of the attack on Pearl Harbor were on the American side (137). Also Susan Wels notes in her book December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor: America's Darkest Day, that the island's hospitals were packed with casualities, schools were turned into makeshift wards where the injured would be taken to (182). After suriviors of the attack saw their loved ones go through this, there wasn't anything stopping them from seeking revenge on Japan. On the day of the attack, no one knew what was coming and no one knew that it would change American history forever. The United States created the most powerful weapon known to war, this would be the atmoic bomb. Andrew R. Carlson a PH.D. notes in the book One Day in History: December 7, 1941 from the Smithsonian Institution, that the man who decided to drop the bomb was President Truman, he also goes on to say that the United States is the only country to have used nuclear weapons in war (252). The Japanese were ready for an attack, but most likely were not ready for an attack as like the one they were faced with. There were two bombs that the United States dropped on Japan. Andrew R. Carlson, a PH.D. states that the first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 (221). Carlson goes on to say that

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