After The Attack


When a Ship Is Decommissioned

By: Mark Loproto

The life cycle of a US Navy ship begins when its keel is laid down for construction. After construction is completed, she’s launched into the open water, where she undergoes... Read More

“Rosie the Riveter” Inspiration Has Died

By: Mark Loproto

As we watch the number of Pearl Harbor survivors dwindle, we also bid farewell to other icons of the Second World War. The latest World War II hero to pass... Read More

Operation K: A Second Pearl Harbor Attack

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7, 1941, the United States suffered devastating losses during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The assault launched the War in the Pacific and put the entire nation... Read More

The America First Committee and Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

On September 4, 1940, as tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan mounted, the America First Committee was formed. Led by Yale Law student R. Douglas Stuart,... Read More

Dissecting Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy” Speech

By: Mark Loproto

On Monday, December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of the United States Congress to discuss the events that unfolded at Pearl Harbor the previous... Read More

What If Japan Hadn’t Attacked Pearl Harbor?

By: Mark Loproto

December 7th, 1941. Just before 0800 that Sunday morning, an aerial striking force of the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise assault on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor.... Read More

An Unexpected Aviation Milestone

By: Mark Loproto

When Japan bombed the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, it set into motion a chain of events that changed the course of history. One immediate impact was on the... Read More

Pearl Harbor Ships Returned to Service

By: Mark Loproto

In the wake of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, more than 2,400 American lives were lost and the US Navy suffered a terrible blow to its Pacific... Read More

December 1941: The Tide of War Turns

By: Mark Loproto

On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland, launching the Second World War in Europe. Across the Atlantic, the United States showed no appetite for getting involved in the European conflict.... Read More

The Solomon Islands Campaign

By: Mark Loproto

Today, you don’t hear much about the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. They’re a popular tourist destination, but otherwise they aren't at the top of most people's minds. During... Read More

Studying the Effects of the Black Tears of USS Arizona

By: Mark Loproto

Since the morning of December 7, 1941, they’ve been slowly leaking from the cracked hull of USS Arizona (BB-39), rising to create pools that float on the surface of Pearl... Read More

Reactions to Pearl Harbor from the Man on the Street

By: Mark Loproto

All across the United States, reactions to Pearl Harbor varied from one individual to the next. There were those terrified by it and worried that it foreshadowed a possible attack... Read More

The History of the Hawaii Overprint Note

By: Mark Loproto

The worst case scenario wasn’t an impossible one: in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack, Japan would invade Hawaii, overrun it, and use it as a launching point for... Read More

Was the Attack on Pearl Harbor Illegal?

By: Mark Loproto

Causing the deaths of 2,403 individuals would in most cases be considered illegal without question. In times of war, however, the rules can be a bit murkier. In the Pacific... Read More

The Congressional Pearl Harbor Investigation

By: Bruce Danforth

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... Read More

Descent into Darkness: The Divers of Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

To get a true sense of the amount of damage done when Japan attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, it’s best to rely on the recollections of those... Read More

The Other Yamamoto – An American Hero

By: Mark Loproto

In 1936, Fred Yamamoto graduated from Palo Alto High School with a bright future ahead of him. The young man kept a diary that he wrote in often, jotting down... Read More

America’s Revenge on Yamamoto

By: Mark Loproto

On April 18, 1943, the United States finally got its revenge on the man responsible for the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor seventeen months previously. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto had been... Read More

Calvin Graham – The Youngest Recruit

By: Bruce Danforth

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... Read More

America’s Response to Pearl Harbor – An Unexpected First Target

By: Mark Loproto

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