Pearl Harbor

The First Battle of Midway on December 7, 1941

If you’ve studied World War II at all then you’ve heard about the famous Battle of Midway, one of the turning points of the war in the Pacific. Barely six months after Pearl Harbor, following a nearly uninterrupted string of Japanese victories, the US Navy sank four Japanese Aircraft Carriers and a heavy cruiser for …

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Joseph Rochefort

Joseph Rochefort – The Forgotten Hero of the Battle of Midway

Joseph John Rochefort, the man whose decoding of the Japanese codebook led to the American victory at the Battle of Midway, had enemies other than the Empire of Japan. His feats at cryptanalysis were phenomenal, but not universally appreciated, particularly by the codebreakers in Washington, D.C.  Naval jealousy and internal machinations would rob Joseph Rochefort …

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USS PENNSYLVANIA and battleship of COLORADO class followed by three cruisers move in line into Lingayen Gulf.

WWII Vet recalls manning AA-Gun on USS Pennsylvania in Pearl Harbor

World War II Veteran Russel Winsett (March 4, 1920 – February 22, 2015) recalls manning an anti-aircraft gun on the USS Pennsylvania on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor as the Japanese aircraft attacked. So you heard the signal for general quarters, you get to your machine gun, had you seen planes in the sky? Did …

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US military to exhume Pearl Harbor attack remains to identify troops

The US military plans to exhume the remains of 388 Americans killed in the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, in an unprecedented attempt to identify troops using DNA testing. The effort will focus on sailors and marines from the USS Oklahoma who could never be identified, more than seven decades since the surprise attack …

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