PEARL HARBOUR ATTACK
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Ataque a Pearl Harbor en 6 infografías - Revista de Historia
Remembering Pearl Harbor. Interesting historical footnote: the USS Phoenix (CL-46) was at Pearl that day and escaped the attack unscathed. She was eventually sold to Argentina and renamed the ARA General Belgrano. After almost 3 decades of service with Argentina, she was sunk on 2 May 1982 by the British submarine HMS Conqueror during the Falklands War. Conqueror is the only nuclear-powered submarine to ever engage an enemy vessel in actual combat.
The United States was the only country to equip its troops with an auto-loading rifle (officially designated as United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1) as the standard infantry weapon of WWII. It gave our troops a tremendous advantage in firepower, and led General George Patton to call the M1 Garand, “The greatest battle implement ever devised.”
*WWII PIN ~ honoring Pearl Harbor hero Dorie Miller, a black messman who was untrained in machine gun use due to rigid Naval segregation policies. Miller took over a machine gun aboard the USS West Virginia and was officially credited with downing two Japanese planes. He was honored as one of the first heroes of World War II, and six months after the attack was given the Navy Cross by Admiral Chester Nimitz.
USS Arizona survivor Vernon Olsen remembered
Vernon Olsen, 91 — who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor aboard the battleship USS Arizona, swam away from the carrier USS Lexington as it was sinking during the Battle of the Coral Sea months later, and took part in the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests after the war — died Friday, April 22, 2011 in Port Charlotte, Fla. His remains were interred in the battleship USS Arizona, on which he served and where 1,117 sailors and Marines died Dec. 7, 1941.
On December 7th, 1941 at 7:55 am, the Japanese attacked military airfields and Pearl Harbour with 181 torpedo dropping planes, dive bombers, horizontal bombers and fighters. Overall, twenty-one ships of the U.S. Pacific fleet were damaged and the death toll reached 2,350, along with 68 civilians and 1,178 injured.
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Dec. 5, 2011 - Kelseyville, CA, USA - Alice Darrow still carries the bullet fired by a Japanese pilot that struck her husband, Dean Darrow, in the heart at Pearl Harbor. Dean Darrow felt lousy for four months after the attack before the bullet was discovered. Alice was his nurse and promised to go out with him if he survived. The couple was married for 49 years Dean he passed away in 1991. Alice Darrow now lives with another Pearl Harbor veteran, Walt Urmann.