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"awaken the sleeping giant"

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The history lesson for today (lest we forget) Sunday, Dec. 7th.

"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

Attack on Pearl Harbor

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The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Japanese navy against the United States' naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the morning of Sunday December 7, 1941, later resulting in the United States becoming militarily involved in World War II. It was intended as a preventive action to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from influencing the war Japan was planning to wage in Southeast Asia against Britain, the Netherlands, and the United States. The attack consisted of two aerial attack waves totaling 353[7] aircraft, launched from six Japanese aircraft carriers.

The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships (two of which were raised and returned to service late in the war) and damaged four more. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer, destroyed 188 aircraft, and caused personnel losses of 2,402 killed and 1,282 wounded. The power station, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section) were not hit. Japanese losses were minimal, at 29 aircraft and five midget submarines, with 65 servicemen killed or wounded.

The attack was an important engagement of World War II. Unintentionally occurring before a formal declaration of war (which had been scheduled to be delivered shortly prior to the attack beginning),[14] it pushed U.S. public opinion from isolationism to the acceptance of participation in the war being unavoidable. The lack of warning led Roosevelt to call it "a date which will live in infamy."

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ALthough this history lesson may be a bit inaccurate. There is no proof that Yamamoto ever said the sleeping giant quote.

http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Isoroku-Yamamoto%27s-sleeping-giant-quote

However, still a very important day to remember . . .

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Thanks for the great post. We need to remember days like these in our history.

If you don't remember history, history will repeat itself.

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Great post, MinDak.

This country needs more history lessons on a constant basis!

thats why I'm a history Major.

too many people today don't even have a clue.

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