After The Attack

When Japan bombed the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, it set into motion a chain of events that changed the course of history. Discover those historical moments that plunged the United States into World War II.

The Congressional Pearl Harbor Investigation

May 15, 2018 · Jason Alghussein
Almost from the moment the Japanese planes returned to their ships after their devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, there were all kinds of conspiracy theories about how they could have pulled off such a large operation that took the United States by complete surprise.  Some of these put President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the spotlight, […]
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Calvin Graham – The Youngest Recruit

April 05, 2018 · Jason Alghussein
The shock and trauma of Pearl Harbor wasn't only felt by adults. As news of the December 7, 1941 surprise Japanese attack spread across the United States, kids and adults alike all waited with racing hearts to hear what had happened, what the cause was, and if they should prepare themselves for additional attacks. Among […]
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The Effects of War: Martial Law in Hawaii

August 18, 2017 ·  
In the immediate aftermath of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, while the rest of the United States was gearing up for the great fight against the Axis Powers, the Hawaiian Islands were still stunned by what had happened in their midst. Though not yet a state, responsibility for Hawaii’s safety […]
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The Bell of the USS Vestal

August 14, 2017 ·  
Relics of war pop up in some unexpected places, carried from one end of the world to the other, sometimes by ocean currents or other forces of nature, and sometimes by a relative of a soldier. Pearl Harbor artifacts continue to be found, such as the recent discovery of what one man believed to be […]
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How Pearl Harbor Changed the World

August 11, 2017 ·  
After Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939, the United States opted to remain isolated from the conflict in Europe. As the British and French struggled to fight back the Nazi forces, the United States lent support in the form of resources, but decided not to get more involved by sending troops. That choice was rendered […]
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Aftermath of Pearl Harbor: The Roberts Commission

August 10, 2017 ·  
What exactly had happened? How did a fleet of over 400 enemy aircraft make its way across the Pacific undetected and into Hawaiian airspace? Why, over the course of two hours, did the Pearl Harbor and surrounding airfields suffer such devastating losses? These were just some of the questions that arose after the attack on […]
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After Pearl Harbor: American War Production

July 28, 2017 ·  
On December 6th, 1941, life in the United States was just like any other day. People went to work, factories produced whatever products or tools they always had; there wasn’t a lot for the nation to worry about, save for concerns about what was happening in Europe. World War II had been going on since […]
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Rebuilding the US Pacific Fleet

July 21, 2017 ·  
After the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the American naval base on the island of Oahu, the Navy was left with a fleet that was significantly damaged and unfit for the coming war. At first glance, the damage done to the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor may have seemed a lot worse than it was, […]
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The Young Heroes of Pearl Harbor

June 20, 2017 ·  
The heroes of Pearl Harbor included more than just the sailors aboard the vessels that took the brunt of the attack, or the servicemen who scrambled to fight back with little more than their rifles. They weren’t just the local nurses who dropped everything to assist the injured or the volunteers who assisted with the clean-up […]
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Two Hours Defenseless, Four Years at War

June 20, 2017 ·  
When most servicemen stationed at Pearl Harbor and around Oahu woke up on the morning of December 7th, 1941, they did so expecting a quiet Sunday. Those who were just ending their shifts were eager to start a little rest and relaxation with their loved ones, or just some free time off their vessels. The sun was […]
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