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Attack on Pearl Harbor and aftermath

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By Yi Woo-won

It was 80 years ago. That Sunday morning on Dec 7, 1941, could have been another beautiful day of leisure and relaxation for servicemen at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. But, shortly before 8 a.m., like a bolt from the blue, they heard the sounds of explosions, the bursts of machine-gun fire and the screams of fellow servicemen.

The naval base was attacked with no warning by 353 Japanese aircraft which were launched from six aircraft carriers. Of the eight U.S. Navy battleships present, all were damaged heavily with four sunk. A total of 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed, plus 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded.

It was doubtlessly a war crime ― without a declaration of war or any explicit warning. Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Dec. 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy." The attack prompted the United States' formal entry into World War II the next day.

The surprise assault by Japan was the effect of years of hostility with the United States ever since Japan's aggressive military expansions in........

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