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Good evening I'm over -- that Pearl Harbor.
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On Sunday December 7 1941.
But the empire of Japan launched this average surprise attack on US forces at this.
When it was over 2403.
Americans were dead 21 warships were sunk or damaged and six airfields have been -- But what many do not know that it wasn't just an air -- Japanese imperial navy also planned to attack the US Pacific fleet with a secret weapon.
Five midget submarines and fortunately -- attack was -- In part by the older response of the USS wore gold forced that destroyer in Biron certainly -- For more than sixty years members of the ward maintained that they had so one of the Japanese midget -- shortly before the air attack.
No evidence can ever be found to prove they're playing.
Then on August 28 2000 trip.
Just a few miles outside the mount Pearl Harbor a research -- from Hawaii undersea research laboratory had a discovery that confirms.
The destroyer war fired the first shot and scored the first victory.
Over the Japanese attack us tonight we'll take you inside a little known chapter of world war two and kill me.
The Japanese sailors who believed to death before defeat.
With his eyes focused on -- -- -- president Roosevelt ordered the US specifically from San Diego to Pearl Harbor.
And some said it was the most heavily garrison island in the world.
And it was defended by every branch of our armed force us.
The rest of the world war the only thing the young soldiers and sailors stationed there were expecting were sunny days.
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What was -- -- like from June of 1941.
Enough army's second lieutenant Steve Weiner from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania arrived at Pearl Harbor to work as a communications officer.
From June until December that was like -- social world we go to Waikiki Beach and her cocoon club.
And there'll and have.
As to what do we did have wonderful liberties we would go to the -- and hit it after fifty cents.
And -- we thought we were.
Really great tennis -- -- was a fresh faced kid from Saint Paul, Minnesota when he signed up for the naval reserve.
-- -- a long -- -- wanted well because of my buddies and in ice cooler heads joined the naval reserve many of the young fellas join a National Guard.
And then of course rather than crawling around on the -- up at camp Ripley.
As part of being a soldier we -- on the Great Lakes.
And for young seventeen year old kid that was a really agree trapped.
With 85 whether Minnesota reservists -- first class -- -- climbed aboard the World War I era destroyer USS war.
Awarded been taken out of mothballs for escort duty.
And to protect ships at -- are.
We've moved forward.
And hear the whole way.
-- -- -- -- From San Pedro California 24 year old pilot William tanner was assigned to squadrons fourteen playing a TVY reconnaissance aircraft.
I was happy to see -- I'm onto other Israelis.
She realized she Rivet and -- or even with a beautiful boys.
For these boys the -- in Europe felt very far away we know that.
That Mussolini was building up his.
Forces -- the course.
The buddies that I had they were wondering hoping that there wouldn't be having me going again for.
But it all changed with a rise of the dragon.
Japan was a nation ruled by an -- Tradition dating back centers.
But a ruthless imperial military held the real power in Japan and their goal was to dominate all of Asia and the Pacific.
Japan's population was exploding.
And their greatest problem in the thirties was lack of land and natural resource.
Dependent on imports for -- nearly 65 million people imperial Japan was hungry for industrial expansion.
To do this you need large amounts of raw materials which she had to import things such as coal.
Deal the things needed for a modern.
The economy Jack Greene is a curator and historian for the naval historical sense -- -- -- market.
Former new industrial state she looked upon China is being in that market and -- line.
Basically start out -- policy.
-- on expansion.
In 1931 -- and conquered Manchuria forcing its million people into slavery.
The League of Nations protesters.
And ordered them to pull out Japan refused and made world headlines.
At Geneva Japan was rebuked and withdrew from the league in this memorable scene Tokyo delegate maps local announcing the withdrawal from the -- for a I -- it then that's good to have that batted ball.
And that the IDS and.
The next seven years to be and -- and grabs -- nearly 550000.
Have pulled away in Washington Japanese diplomats the night they were going to attack America.
But on December 12 1937.
The first salvo was fired.
The first outbreak of hostilities in the Japanese Americans takes place 937.
With us from nine.
Was attacked by Japanese aircraft itself.
Two sailors were killed and 48 were injured that's his government protested.
Happens apologize and played it debit.
The attack was without semblance of -- -- Washington protested -- Tokyo apologize profusely.
And relations grew worse because of the sinking of the -- After you are now realized Japan was more than just a threat to the Far East in a bold military -- -- -- the entire Pacific fleet to Pearl Harbor to protect our West Coast.
And our territories in the Pacific.
United States have been pouring troops and equipment into Hawaii and in the Philippines.
Whereas where most Americans felt that the war would eventually -- Japanese upon this also -- sort of on a Saber rattling Japan.
It was entirely dependent on imported oil and 80% of it came from the US.
And -- September 25 1940.
FDR and the strong warnings -- reducing the flow of oil and other exports to Japan.
-- two days later the Japanese and a warning of their own and found new friends.
And -- the actual.
As the European war was -- the militarism Tokyo allied themselves with the totalitarian dictators.
When Japan side to tripartite pact allying itself would it with Germany Italy becoming well axis powers.
This further alienates the United States from Japan.
Over the next ten months relations deteriorated until finally.
All oil exports were stopped.
The only enemy for America in the Pacific at that time -- Japan.
Every war plan that have been created.
Since the turn of the century had Japan has the potential enemy.
-- Burlingame is an editor for the Hawaiian star bulletin.
And penned the book advance force Pearl Harbor why then -- the ultimate.
We decide they have to attack the Americans.
Hawaii was a thorn in the side of the Japanese and if Japan had taken Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaii would have been born in the side of the Americans whoever controlled the Pacific had to control --
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