The events of December 7th1941 on Pearl Harbor are ones that along with many others will forever remain written down as a historic day in not just in history but in naval and military history as well. In this essay I will first explain and describe the Pearl Harbor attack. I will do that in the perspective of a male veteran who at the time was stationed at Pearl Harbor as a U.S. Navy cadet describing the events of that topic to a news anchor for a local newspaper. I also explain what happened after the attack and explain if there was any possible way to prevent it. Next, I will transition to playing the role of the news anchor and describe the events of September 11th 2001. I will interview a person who survived that terrorist attack and describe if it could have been somehow prevented. To follow I will compare and contrast the two infamous events. Lastly I will explain what Pearl Harbor taught me and the world, which will be relating to present day. To end it all I will include images of the Pearl Harbor and September 11th showing before and after the attacks. Enjoy!
NEWS ANCHOR: Sir, we will now be starting the interview. Can you please start by introducing yourself and explaining what exactly happened on December 1st in Pearl Harbor?
NAVY VETERAN: My name is Paul Hankins and I am a military veteran of the navy and World War II. December 7th is a day I vividly remember. Days like those are the type that you never can seem to forget and too often keep you up all night reliving the horror you seen. On December 7th 1941 I was stationed at Pearl Harbor on the naval basis. It was a placid and sunny morning like every typical day. But the tranquility quickly ended. At exactly 7:53 a.m. Japanese planes became visible over Pearl Harbor. In no less than 10 seconds the commanding officer of the fleet shouted the most frightening words I ever heard. The commander of the fleet radioed “TORA! TORA! TORA!” to his crew. (Pearl Harbor Film) Instantly torpedo bombs dropped to Hawaiian shallow seas. Bombs were being dropped over our ships and destroying our naval basis. It was clear that the Japanese we not going to show any mercy. Within Five minutes of the attack U.S. military officials had started attacking back at the Japanese. (Pearl Harbor Film) We were at a disadvantage because the Japanese had destroyed many of many of our battle ships. But we were not going to let that stop us. We were not going to give up, just fight until the end. After two hours of fighting long and hard the damaged was done and the Japanese retreated. In the end we were left with 2,042 casualties and 1,247 wounded (Wikipedia) and defeated.
NEWS ANCHOR: Mr. Hankins can you please describe what happened after the attack was over?
NAVY VETERAN: Exactly one day after the attack the military had regained somewhat of a control over Pearl Harbor. We were already close to freeing soldiers stuck in turned over ships and wrecked vessels and had the island surrounded by barbed wire....