Any event that looms as large in the timeline of American history as the attack on Pearl Harbor is bound to leave a number of leaders that define it.
The more you discover, the more likely it is that you’ll come across certain names—on both sides of the attack. Here are some that you’ll definitely hear about as you dig deeper into the history.

The Leader of the Japanese Striking Force

June 18, 2017 ·  
The planning of Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was headed by Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku. Though he was the idea man who determined when and how the attack would take place, Yamamoto had no part in the actual attack, instead selecting another notable naval aviator to lead the Japanese Striking Force in its charge on Pearl Harbor. Within nine […]
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Admiral Yamamoto's Doubts

June 09, 2017 ·  
In the quiet of a Sunday morning in December, the skies over Pearl Harbor erupted in a hail of bullets, bombs, and torpedoes. The calm waters below instantly became a war zone as battleships erupted into flames. Smoke filled the air, rising high enough to be visible to pedestrians strolling through Honolulu. The assault on […]
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The Hull Note: The Final Piece Leading to War

June 07, 2017 ·  
Prior to the events of December 7th, 1941, the casual observer may have assumed that the United States was simply minding its own business when Japan conceived its malicious plan to send a strike force to Pearl Harbor. Initially, it seemed as if Japan struck without reason, beyond a fear that the United States would stonewall its […]
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The Lost Top-Secret Pearl Harbor Mission

May 06, 2017 ·  
During the early days of the war in Europe, the United States implemented a program within Hawaii that selected a group of prominent citizens throughout Honolulu who would be of strategic value in the event of an act of war against the nation. While the US did its best to avoid joining the war, by 1941, after […]
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Three Key Players of Pearl Harbor

April 21, 2017 ·  
For the attack on Pearl Harbor to be orchestrated, Japan needed somebody at the helm. For the United States to react, a government official would need to step forward. To justify how the US completely missed the signs that Japan was planning an attack, there needed to be a scapegoat for blame to fall on. […]
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Road to War: The Lead-Up to Pearl Harbor

April 19, 2017 ·  
What causes a nation to attack an unsuspecting naval base filled with men simply going about their day? How do the leaders of a country justify the killing of thousands, in a nation it’s not even at war with? These are questions that many people pose when they look at the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on […]
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The Mind Behind Pearl Harbor

March 23, 2017 ·  
Who was the mind behind Pearl Harbor? War with the United States was inevitable. Though the Americans refused to pick up arms and join the battle, it would only be long before they were drawn in to fight Hitler’s conquest of Europe. Though engaged with Japan in negotiations, no headway was being made and tensions between […]
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The Accountability of Admiral Husband E. Kimmel

March 18, 2017 ·  
As you learn more about the history of the United States, you often find yourself hearing different versions of how major events unfolded. The attack on Pearl Harbor is no exception, especially since the soldiers who fought there are growing older and passing on, leaving fewer people behind to right the incorrect versions of history. When it […]
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Visit to Pearl Harbor

December 31, 2016 ·  
Japan’s Pearl Harbor Visit On December 7th, 1941, Japanese bombers flew in to Pearl Harbor, dropping bombs, torpedoes, and machine gun fire on unsuspecting American servicemen and citizens, marking a strong and evident divide between the United States and Japan. Since the end of World War II and the reparation of the American and Japanese […]
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The United States Leaders when Pearl Harbor Was Attacked

November 13, 2016 ·  
“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking […]
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