Pearl Harbor and the Legacy of Carl Vinson

His monumental contributions to American security are largely unknown to Americans today.

Seventy-six years ago on Dec. 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese fleet surprise-attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the home port of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Japanese carrier planes killed 2,403 Americans.
They sunk or submerged 19 ships (including eight battleships destroyed or disabled) and damaged or destroyed more than 300 planes. In an amazing feat of seamanship, the huge Japanese carrier fleet had steamed nearly 3,500 miles in midwinter high seas.

The armada had refueled more than 20 major ships while observing radio silence before arriving undetected about 220 miles from Hawaii.

  • simus1

    No doubt “all the scientists agreed” that an attack on Pearl Harbor was an impossible pipe dream, just as the “consensus” fifty years earlier knew that controlled manned flight was an impossibility, just an idea kept alive by a few loons.
    There would have been logic on their side in both cases but also a massive lack of knowledge regarding the state of the art and the enemy’s capacity for action. The massive American plane losses in the Pearl Harbor attack came from a total failure of intelligence re the mindset of ethnic Japanese in Hawaii. The planes were crowded together as a protective measure against possible sabotage by unknown Japanese locals supposedly loyal to Hirohito.