Witnesses Accounts Of The Attck Of Pearl Harbor

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Imagine yourself as a military personnel working on your naval base like any normal day. One minute you are calm and peaceful, another you break out into a brutal battle. Bullets flying, people dying, chaos all around you. In this article I am going to tell you about the event that had taken place in 1941. By the end of this, you will be able to see this event through the eyes many people who were there to witnessed this tragedy.

Today, December 7, 1941 has become one of the most tragic events that have taken place in history. The Japanese has attacked our naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It wasn’t only the military personnel who were affected but it was also their families including the civilians living on the island of Hawaii. “The casualty list includes 2,335 servicemen and 68 civilians killed, with 1,178 wounded. Included are 1,104 men aboard the Battleship USS Arizona killed after a 1,760-pound air bomb penetrated into the forward magazine causing catastrophic explosions” (Japanese Bomb Pearl Harbor)

On December 6, no one suspected the horror that was going to struck then the following day. “The day before the attack, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt makes a final appeal to the Emperor of Japan for peace. There is no reply. Late this same day, the U.S. code-breaking service begins intercepting a 14-part Japanese message and deciphers the first 13 parts, passing them on to the President and Secretary of State.” (Japanese Bomb Pearl Harbor) The last part was meant to be delivered before the attack but was finally received 30 minutes before the bombing.

I was living on the island during that time, going throughout my daily routing and everything was nice and calm for me. I had never thought of the idea of war, it never occurred to me that one day our island would be attacked. But today, Dec. 7 1941 it has finally happened and people as innocent as I was, were all affected emotionally. I was watching my daily program, all of a sudden it was interrupted by a message informing us of the attack. I was shocked and did not know how to respond to such news. The news sends a shockwave across the nation and results in a tremendous influx of young volunteers into the U.S. armed forces. Monday, December 8 - The United States and Britain declare war on Japan with President Roosevelt calling December 7, "a date which will live in infamy...” (Japanese Bomb Pearl Harbor).

I was working in the hospital at the time of the bombing and people were coming in by the hundreds. So many were injured, burned, and they all were in a tremendous amount of pain. Many patients suffered from burns. Our patients suffered 2nd to 3rd degree burns and the only way we could help was to cut off their burning skin. “There were numerous variations in the types of wounds. There were flesh wounds; gunshot wounds of the head, neck, body and extremities; small, medium, and massive wounds caused by shell and shrapnel; extensive wounds produced by fragments of bombs and metal;...

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