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Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Coverage
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The Medal of Honor is awarded to 16 servicemen

The bravest of the brave are awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration by the U.S. government. It is bestowed by the U.S. Congress to members of the armed forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty” while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States. Read more

Stuck between sinking ships

While the USS Tennessee survived the bombs and torpedoes of Dec. 7, 1941, its location posed the greatest threat. Surrounded by the burning, sinking wrecks of the USS Oklahoma, West Virginia and Arizona, the Tennessee could not escape its mooring position on Battleship Row. Read more

‘Cataclysmic fury’ roused

Japan’s devastating attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu aroused emotions in America as no other event in its history ever had, the authors of “At Dawn We Slept” wrote. Read more

Dry dock spares ship from torpedoes

Stuck in dry dock beyond its scheduled Dec. 6 departure date, the USS Pennsylvania was reported to be one of the first ships to return fire on Japanese raiders. Read more

A woman’s eye view

On Dec. 7, 1941, Elizabeth McIntosh was a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. She wrote a first-person account of the attack and its immediate aftermath, but editors thought it was too graphic. It was first published on Dec. 6, 2012. Read more

Pearl Harbor attack survivors share their stories

Three of the heroes of Pearl Harbor took on the aura of stars as the survivors recounted some of their Dec. 7, 1941, experiences at the USS Arizona Memorial visitor center Tuesday and as the much-anticipated 75th anniversary of the landmark attack draws closer. Read more

World War I left many leery of another “Old World” conflict

In the run-up to America’s involvement in World War II, a nation wracked by the Great Depression felt it had been duped into sending its sons to fight and die in the bloody European “Great War” in 1917 and didn’t want to be caught up in such “Old World” conflicts again. Read more

Utah still holds remains of men who died aboard

The USS Utah was no longer serving as a battleship at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor and not considered a prized target by the Japanese, but its sunken remains still play an important part in memorializing Dec. 7, 1941, and the men who died that day. Read more

‘Errors of judgment’

The Roberts Commission in early 1942 found “dereliction of duty” on the part of Adm. Husband E. Kimmel and Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short at Pearl Harbor, while an official inquiry 53 years later concluded that the commanders made “errors of judgment.” Read more

Japan’s daring plan comes to life

Relations had been deteriorating for decades between the United States and Japan prior to the attack on Hawaii. By 1941 war was seen as inevitable. “War Plan Orange” for possible conflict with Japan had been updated through the 1920s and 1930s. Read more

A pre-emptive hit devastates Kaneohe Bay

Minutes before the attack on Pearl Harbor’s ships, Japanese fighter pilots attacked planes parked at Kaneohe Naval Air Station, a major Navy patrol seaplane base. Read more

Risky strike relies on secrecy

To take out the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Japan sent six of its frontline aircraft carriers across the Pacific in a risky amd unprecedented gambit on Nov. 26, 1941. Read more

First blow struck in attack is met with skepticism

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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