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First blow struck in attack is met with skepticism

  • U.S. NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND

    A Japanese midget sub washed up on shore on Dec. 8, 1941, off Bellows Field in Waimanalo. Suffering from a faulty gyrocompass, the sub was freed from a reef after it was bombed. Its captain, Kazuo Sakamaki, tried to scuttle the vessel but failed. He was taken prisoner.

An hour and 10 minutes before Japanese planes swooped down on an unsuspecting Pearl Harbor, the destroyer USS Ward fired on a submarine outside the harbor in what was known as the defensive sea area. Read more

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