The Attack On Pearl Harbor Essay

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The Attack ON Pearl HarborThe attack of Pearl Harbor on the United States, was a surprise attack by the Japanese, who at the time were having peace talks with us. The U.S. viewed this assault as an attack on the world. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, (FDR) knew his duty was to defend the rest of the world. By the nature of the attack the U.S. were able to tell that the plan was made weeks or even months ago. The deliberate attack of Pearl Harbor sent the U.S. into a frenzy. FDR, proclaimed it as a day that will live in infamy. It has lived up to that as many people still have vigils and remembrances on December 7, 1941. The next day, FDR used his power as commander of the army and declared a state of war with the Japanese because of the deceptive tactics they used. (National Archives) One of the most ridiculous aspects of this battle was that no one was ready for the attack. We did drills and missions daily to get prepared for war. Never did we expect a surprise attack on a Sunday morning in December, with no real provocation. We were a mess. Men were not at their posts that morning, and definitely did not have the supplies. Warnings were ignored. The hospital was very understaffed. Many soldiers were still sleeping. We should have been prepared for this. It's embarrassing that we could not retaliate. We had been training for this moment for years now, expecting it everyday. We failed when the day actually came: (Pearl Harbor Remembered)An early Sunday morning attack cannot be our excuse for not being ready. At 3:40 in the morning the USS Condor was on duty when they saw a periscope jutting up from the open water. This was our first sign of what was to come. The crew immediately reported it to headquarters. It took an astonishing 3 hours for the message to be relayed to Naval Headquarters. At 6:45, before the message even arrived at headquarters the Condor was forced to attack the Japanese submarine. So, the attack on Pearl Harbor actually started with an attack on the Japanese. But in the end, it would be one of our largest tragedies the United States military had ever been associated with. (National Geographic) Not too long after the U.S. attacked the submarine did a radar operator receive a signal of over 50 bomber airplanes. It was sent to the main office on the island and ended up being turned away as a false alarm. Yet again we miss another clue that could have prepared us more for this battle. The lieutenant in charge was expecting American bombers from California, so he thought that was what was being picked up. Somehow this brain-dead lieutenant was not aware that there were only twelve unarmed planes on their way from California. (N.G.)The Japanese broke off peace talks during this shortly before the attack and a telegraph of warning was sent across the country and Hawaii. The only trouble with this was the warning was sent via commercial telegram and not hurried to its addressee. The U.S. did have a chance to get...

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