MAC: Pearl Harbor Little-Known Facts

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Sunday marks the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which took place on December 7, 1941, and precipitated the United States’ entry into World War II.

Did you know …

There were 96 ships in the navy yard. Of these, the Japanese sank or damaged only 18, and 11 were back in service within a year. The attacking Japanese fleet had six aircraft carriers, two battleships, plus cruisers, destroyers, and support ships. The first attack included 183 aircraft followed by a second wave of 168 planes. The first wave arrived over Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m., and the attack continued until 9:45 a.m. In addition to the ships destroyed or damaged, the Japanese destroyed 164 U.S. planes and damaged 128 others at the airfields. U.S. military fatalities were 2,335 along with 1,178 wounded. The Japanese attack was a tactical success, but they failed to destroy the navy repair yard, the oil tank farms, and the submarine base. Within six months, that “crippled” fleet defeated a massive Japanese task force at Midway that began to turn the tide of World War II.

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