Seven Things You Probably Don’t Know About Pearl Harbor
December 7th, 1941, "A date that will live in infamy!" The surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor was a crushing blow, in the short term. There were members of the Imperial high command that opposed the attack, fearing it would awaken a "Sleeping giant." Their fears were well founded. The industrial might of the US was second to that of no nation. They badly underestimated America's ability to recover. I digress. Here are 7 things about Pearl Harbor, the Huffington Post says may surprise you.
#1: 6 of the eight battleships were repaired and eventually returned to service. Only the Oklahoma, and Arizona were total losses.
#2: All survivors have the option to be buried there. (Survivors of the Arizona have the right to have their ashes placed onboard.)
#3: The Arizona "bleeds." She had taken on a full load of fuel the day before the attack (well over a million gallons). Drops of oil float to the surface at the rate of just over 2 gallons a day.
#4: Service personnel maintained the memorials during the 2013 government shut down.
#5 The largest group of international visitors come from Japan.
#6: The ashes of a baby girl who died at birth are entombed aboard the USS Utah.
#7: 5 million gallons of fuel have settled into a 20 acre area below the harbor floor.
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