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Missouri closed for dry dock

The USS Missouri went into dry dock on October 14, 2009 and is expected to be back and open for visitors on January 7, 2010, with a formal grand opening on Jan 29.
$18 million will be spent on maintenance and repairs which should keep the ship functioning for another 20 years. Read more…

Attack on Pearl Harbor

Attack on Pearl Harbor - 2 DVD set A Day of Infamy

On the morning of December 7, 1941, a surprise attack by Japanese naval aviation against the American held island of Oahu and Pearl Harbor thrust the United States into World War II. The story told here details one of the most momentous events in American history and a crucial turning point in the 20th century. Most importantly, it is a story of the people who were there, told through eyewitness accounts of American and Japanese veterans, some of whose stories have never been told. This is a story of perseverance and heroism in the face of overwhelming odds. This is the story of Pearl Harbor. December 7th, produced on behalf of the U.S. government and directed by acclaimed cinematographer Gregg Toland, is a dramatization of the events that precipitated the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Framed as a debate between Walter Huston’s Uncle Sam and Harry Davenport’s Mr. C (that’s “C” for “Conscience”) the film attempts to determine who was to blame. Though December 7th is more balanced than most propaganda films of the time, even suggesting that the United States should have been better prepared, it is still an indictment of Japanese-Hawaiians and the alleged role they may have played.

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Tora! Tora! Tora!

The Hollywood film, Tora Tora Tora, one of the most dramatic films of the attack on Pearl Harbor.Two-Disc Collector’s Edition

“Tora! Tora! Tora!” is the Japanese signal to attack – and the movie meticulously recreates the attack on Pearl Harbor and the events leading up to it. Opening scenes contrast the American and Japanese positions. Japanese imperialists decide to stage the attack. Top U.S. brass ignore it’s possibility. Intercepted Japanese messages warn of it – but never reach F.D.R.’s desk. Radar warnings are disregarded. Even the entrapment of a Japanese submarine in Pearl Harbor before the attack goes unreported. Ultimately the Day of Infamy arrives – in the most spectacular, gut-wrenching cavalcade of action-packed footage ever. You’ll see moments of unsurpassed spectacle and heroism: U.S. fighters trying to take off and being hit as they taxi; men blasted from the decks of torpedoed ships while trying to rescue buddies; savage aerial dogfights pitting lone American fliers against squadrons of Imperial war planes. It’s the most dazzling recreation of America’s darkest day – and some of her finest hours.

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Pearl Harbor Amazing Facts

Pearl Harbor Amazing Facts for the KindleSeveral hundred interesting, unusual, amazing facts, vignettes, anecdotes, coincidences and items of interest, plus numerous photos (some not previously published) about the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Also includes a large World War II Bonus Section with similar information about the war in general.

Award-winning author and best-selling novelist Timothy B. Benford is a former newspaperman and magazine editor. Several of his previous 12 books have also been published in French, Spanish, and Polish. His first novel, Hitler’s Daughter, won the West Coast Review of Books Porgie as one of the three best novels of the year and was made into a USA Network’s Movie-of-The-Week. His first two books, The World War II Quiz & Fact Book, vols. 1 and 2 (Harper & Row) are still in print 18 years after publication. All but two of his previous books are still in print.

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At Dawn We Slept

At Dawn We Slept, the Untold Story of Pearl Harbor, by Gordon W. Prange, Donald M. Goldstein, and Katherine V. Dillon

The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor

Prange’s book offers everything you always wanted to know about Pearl Harbor but were afraid to ask, plus pictures! This tome comprises an exhaustive study of the day that will live in infamy. Prange takes a long, hard look at President Roosevelt’s relationship with Japan and implies that FDR all but goaded the empire into bombing the Hawaiian base. With the 60th anniversary of the attack approaching, there no doubt will be many volumes released and rereleased, but this is among the best.

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Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor by Newt Gingrich
By Newt Gingrich

Having completed their Civil War trilogy, ex–House Speaker Gingrich and historian Forstchen return their attention to World War II (they previously collaborated on 1945). The attack on Pearl Harbor occupies the final quarter of the book, and the extensive leadup begins in 1930s Japan and provides readers not well versed in Japanese history a decent thumbnail sketch of Japanese culture and the events that preceded the attack. The authors’ research shines in accurate accounts of diplomatic maneuvering as well as the nuts-and-bolts of military action, beginning with the Japanese invasion of China. Fans of the authors will expect their trademark “alternative” ending. In this case, the Japanese attack far more vigorously and devastate a larger chunk of the U.S. Pacific fleet than they actually did. How this affects the war’s outcome will be revealed in the sequel. Gingrich and Forstchen, though adept at bigger-picture issues, falter when it comes to establishing and developing characters; FDR, Churchill and Hirohito come across as caricatures who move the plot along by mouthing historically appropriate lines, while the soldier-heroes exist to explain their nation’s point-of-view to the reader. The recent success of Letters from Iwo Jima may attract readers who would otherwise shy away from military history fiction.

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Day of Infamy

Day of Infamy, by Walter Lord

Day of Infamy, 60th Anniversary: The Classic Account of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor

There may not be a better book on what happened at Pearl Harbor than Day of Infamy–and it’s not as if the Pearl Harbor story has lacked chroniclers.

Lord begins by showing how Japanese admirals, three months before their notorious sneak attack, “tested the idea on the game board at the Naval War College.” (It didn’t go nearly as well there as it did in real life.) Then he proceeds briskly through the preparations for the assault and delivers a minute-by-minute account about those fateful hours in Oahu. The detail is incredible. The Japanese scan Hawaiian radio stations to see if their moves have been detected; a U.S. naval officer on “his first night on his first patrol on his first command” spots a Japanese submarine just hours before the strike; when the surprise attack finally does arrive, an excited Japanese commander shouts “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (“Victory!”) before even the first bombs have fallen. The whole assault lasted about two hours. Thousands of Americans were killed or wounded. The Navy lost the U.S.S. Arizona, which blew up about 15 minutes into the raid, and 17 other ships were either sunk or crippled. Hundreds of planes were destroyed or damaged. The Japanese, by contrast, lost only 29 planes. It must be considered one of the most lopsided battles in all history–and “battle” probably isn’t the best word to describe it. Pearl Harbor was closer to a massacre. Whatever the label, Pearl Harbor was a turning-point moment in American history, and it gave rise, the very next day, to some of the most famous words ever spoken by an American president: “Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked….” If you intend to read only a single book on Pearl Harbor, this is the one for you. —John J. Miller

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Visitor Center Renovation in Progress

Illustration of the new Pearl Harbor Visitor Center & Museum

Illustration of the new Pearl Harbor Visitor Center & Museum

The new Pearl Harbor Museum and Visitor Center is expected to be completed in December 2010.  The construction is being done in stages so that that portions of the museum can remain open and provide continuing access to the Arizona Memorial. Read more…

Navigation Chart

NOAA Chart of Pearl Harbor
NOAA Chart #19366
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