Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Pearl Harbor Day, 2021 -- December 7, 2021

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80 years ago a sneak attack by forces of the Japanese Empire sank or damaged much of the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in the Territory of Hawaii. The Japanese Empire came to regret doing this.

When the attack began, seaplane tender USS Curtiss (AV-4), which had just returned to Pearl Harbor after taking reinforcements and cargo to Wake Island. Curtiss got underway and fired her guns at the Japanese airplanes. A Japanese midget submarine fired a torpedo at Curtiss, but missed. Curtiss was damaged by a crashing Japanese airplane and a dive bomber attack. Curtiss went on to serve in the Pacific throughout the war and for years after.

Curtiss was named after aviation and flying boat pioneer Glenn Curtiss.

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