Essay Two Pearl Harbor
Imagine waking up to the sound of bombs falling all around you. As you look out the window you see your future coming to an end. Hundreds of planes are flying toward you dropping bombs everywhere. This is what the troops woke up to on December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor. The attack on Pearl Harbor is the most difficult for me to understand. To try and understand the attack we must first look examine the reason that Japan attacked, the casualties that it caused the United States of America, and what the outcome of the attack was. Japan was taking advantage of World War II, and trying to expand its power in the Pacific Ocean. In 1940, Japan signed a treaty with Germany and Italy. So, Roosevelt terminated commercial treaty with the Tokyo government. This upset Japan and hurt them commercially. Still, this does not seem like good enough reason for Japan to bomb the United States, but it was. Japan wanted control in the Pacific, and the US had decoded messages from Japan that stated the war was unavoidable. At 7:55A.M. the first wave of Japanese bombers attacked, and a second wave came an hour later. This attack was disastrous for America. It destroyed the control that the US had in the Pacific and completely wiped out Pearl Harbor. The Japanese did not have much causality at all, but in a two hour time frame they had completely destroyed the fort in Pearl Harbor. A total of 15 ships were destroyed, eight battleships, three cruiser, and four other vessels. The Japanese destroyed 188 planes. The United States was not prepared for this in any way. 2,000 United States troops were killed and another 1,000 were injured. With all of this disaster, something good did come out of it. This horrible attack finally united America. “American forces were now greatly diminished in the Pacific (although by a fortunate accident, none of the American aircraft carriers—the heart of the Pacific fleet—had been at Pearl Harbor on December 7). Nevertheless, the...
Cited: Brinkley, Alan. American History Connecting With the Past. Mcgraw-Hill, 2012. Print.
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