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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

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

Jack Vaessen and USS Utah

By: Mark Loproto

The morning of December 7, 1941 on the island of Oahu was chaos. While it’s likely that most of the sailors and Marines there knew exactly what was going on,... Read More

The First American Casualty of Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

The first casualties of the attack on Pearl Harbor happened a couple of hours before the Imperial Japanese Navy launched their surprise assault. The US Navy destroyer USS Ward (DD-139)... 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

Aerial Photography During Wartime

By: Mark Loproto

If you’ve spent much time examining photography during wartime, you’ve likely happened upon images that were clearly taken from overhead. Nowadays, that's not a big deal. Technology has led to... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Dobbin

By: Mark Loproto

On May 5th, 1921, a new destroyer tender was launched. Commissioned into the US Navy in July of 1924, USS Dobbin (AD-3) was named for former Secretary of the Navy James Cochrane... Read More

The Story of Haleiwa Fighter Strip

By: Mark Loproto

Prior to the outbreak of war in the Pacific, Haleiwa Fighter Strip on Oahu's North Shore seemed like more of an afterthought than an actual military installation. It served as... Read More

Why Was the USS Utah Targeted?

By: Mark Loproto

Given the intent of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, a question pops up when the events of the day are examined. It’s widely known... Read More

How Long did the Battle of Pearl Harbor Take?

By: Bruce Danforth

First, we don' t call it the "battle of Pearl Harbor", because it was a surprise attack and almost completely one sided. We will consider the question, "how long was... Read More

Who Was Involved in Pearl Harbor?

By: J. Owen

The Attack on Pearl Harbor changed the world by drawing the United States in WWII. While Pearl Harbor affected millions around the world, there are a few people who were the... Read More

The History of Pearl Harbor Before the Attack

By: J. Owen

Polynesians have inhabited the Hawaiian Islands for centuries. Hawaii was discovered relatively late by Europeans. The first visit by westerners to the islands was in 1778 when the British Captain... Read More

Pearl Harbor Attack

By: J. Owen

When was the Pearl Harbor Attack? The Pearl Harbor attack was the morning of December 7th, 1941. Who Attacked Pearl Harbor? Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Empire of Japan.... Read More