Argumentative Essay On Pearl Harbor Attack

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“December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy… no matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory (President Franklin Roosevelt).” This attack was a surprise attack by the Japanese military without any formal declaration of war. The Japanese could’ve possible done this surprise attack, because they knew that the United States Navy was strong enough to defeat them. Many people question if the United States would have formally warned could this attack have been stopped. Well, the chances are that the attack would still have occurred. There is a strong chance that if the naval base was warned, then the United States Navy would have won.…show more content…
Also many of the offices that were on the naval base were closed when the attack began. Many of the United States service men were on leave for the weekend, and were not on the island. Most of the people that were still on the island were awakened by the torpedoes that the Japanese shot off. During this time I had great-grandparents that were stationed on this naval base in Hawaii for the United States Navy. My grandfather was a Chief in the United States Navy for 21 years, and he talked about how horrific this attack was. He wrote in a letter that the attack began around 7:45 A.M. My grandmother was the one that woke him, because being in the military the shots didn’t bother him. When he woke up he looked outside, and saw the torpedo’s hitting the ground across the road from his house. The Japanese then began an all-day attack on the Philippines just three hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Japanese also attempted a surprise attack on Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Thailand. They decided to attempt a surprise attack on them so they can inflict as much damage as possible as quick as possible. This horrific attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was the reason the United States entered World War II. The following day, December 8, 1941, the United States then declared war on the Japanese. World War II began in 1921, but the Americans were not involved until Japan made this
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