The Effects of The Bombing of Pearl Harbor

Many events have happened in the past century to change society and the way the world lives.Some of these things have been for the better and some have been more tragic.December 7, 1941 marked a day in history never to be forgotten, this was the day that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.The attack on Pearl Harbor affected many people in a way that would change their lives forever.The attack on Pearl Harbor caused many people to lose their lives, it caused American to enter World War II and it also caused the economy to change.
The attack on Pearl Harbor began as part of Japan's larger plan to conquer Southeast Asia (Arroyo 12). The Japanesewanted to do this to secure oil, rubber, tin and other natural resources that they lacked(Arroyo 12).Since America supplied more than half of Japan's supply of these materials Japan was reluctant to push the United States too far, but they also had intentions of getting control of its own sources of raw materials ("Attack" 1).The attack happened in the early morning of December 7, 1941.President Roosevelt proclaimed this day a "date which will live in infamy" ("Attack" 1).The attack took place on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.Because of this morning 2,403 people lost their lives("Attack" 1).Among these people were husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends to many people.Of these 2,403, there were 2,335 which were servicemen and 68 were civilians. In addition a bomb that hit the U.S.S. Arizona killed 1,177 servicemen.Others that suffered injuries were numbered at 1,178 ("Remembering" 5).In memory of all those that lost their lives there is a memorial above the sunken remains of the Arizona.Many more lives were killed as America entered World War II.By the end of World War II, 104,985 American sailors and marines were wounded and 56,683 were killed (Kennedy 1).


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