GROUP TOURS PEARL HARBOR
PEARL HARBOR HISTORY
Where was WW2 surrender signed?
On September 2 1945, the surrender – what is known as V-Day – was signed on board the USS Missouri.
Since then, the ship has been moved to Pearl Harbor and is now docked at Ford Island. You will have the opportunity to stand on the same deck where the surrender was signed as part of our USS Missouri tour.
What was the US reaction to the attack on Pearl Harbor?
The attack immediately galvanized the US into action with a huge military mobilization effort. Americans united against the Empire of Japan virtually overnight to calls of “Remember Pearl Harbor”.
Are strollers permitted at Pearl Harbor?
Strollers are allowed at Pearl Harbor, however, they are not permitted in the theater or on the shuttle.
Does Pearl Harbor have wheelchairs for rent?
Despite being wheelchair accessible, there are no wheelchairs for guest to rent while at Pearl Harbor.
What is the USS Arizona Memorializing?
Over 70 years the original intent of the USS Arizona Memorial was to memorialize the lives lost aboard the ship during the attack of Pearl Harbor.
Today, the memorial has grown to honor the many lives of heroes who perished during the attack of Pearl Harbor and the second world war.
How old is the USS Arizona Memorial?
The USS Arizona was designed in 1962 by architect Alfred Preis. It was built on top of, but not touching, the sunken Battleship. Today the USS Arizona rests where she fell, just off the coast of Ford Island.
What was the total loss of life during the attack of Pearl Harbor?
The total number of American military personnel killed was 2,335, including 2,008 navy personnel, 109 marines, and 218 army. 68 civilians were added to the casualty count, for a total of 2,403 Americans killed and 1,178 others wounded.
Do you pick up from Vacation Rentals or Honolulu International Airport in Oahu?
Yes, but you must book the Pearl Harbor Private Tour. Depending on the vehicle type you book, Jeep up to 4 guests, SUV 6 to 7 guests, Mercedes Sprinters up to 12 guests, mini coach 13 to 25 guests. Our vehicles also have room to take your luggage in case you want to visit Pearl Harbor and get drop off at the Honolulu Internation Airport or pick you up at the Honolulu International Airport, tour Pearl Harbor first and then depart to your hotel or vacation rental. Our private tours include tickets to Pearl Harbor.
Did Elvis Presley pay for the Arizona Memorial?
Elvis did contribute to raising the funds used to build the Arizona Memorial. Elvis held a benefit show which raised about $67,000 – which was only about a tenth of what it cost to build.
Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor?
The attack was meant to cripple the U.S. Pacific fleet in order to secure oil fields in the Dutch East Indies. Multiple attacks were coordinated throughout east Asia on the same day, December 7th 1941, in order to create a defensive perimeter around these newly seized territories and their oil and rubber resources.
Why was there an attack on Pearl Harbor?
Because of an American embargo on oil and steel the Japanese needed to secure these resources from southeast Asia. The Japanese feared that the US Naval Station at Pearl Harbor could launch an attack to defend any attack Japan would launch against these countries in the South Pacific. Their plan was to knock out the United States naval abilities for 6 months allowing Japan to invade Southeast Asia and secure the resources need to keep their war machine going.
Why did US decide to drop the atomic bomb?
U.S. President Harry Truman said that his decision to drop the bomb was purely military. An invasion of Japan would have cost an estimated one million casualties. With over 3500 Japanese kamikaze raids already, Truman believed he would be saving American lives as well as Japanese lives from a prolonged war.
Why did Japan get involved in the Second World War?
Many factors contributed to Japan’s aggressions in Asia. Japan, like the U.S., was still recovering from the economic depression of the 1930’s. Their military efforts to expand Japanese territory was done to achieve economic security and many young soldiers enlisted to escape poverty. From 1937 on Japan was at war with China and by the time they attacked Pearl Harbor their nation was in a state of “total war”. The authoritarian government implemented controls on public opinion that included schools and textbooks, the media, and the police. The military policies provided economic opportunities for the zaibatsu (large corporations) which in turn supported the wartime regime.
What did the US do after the attack on Pearl Harbor
Two weeks after Pearl Harbor President Roosevelt requested a bombing raid on Japan as soon as possible. Known as the “Doolittle Raid”, 16 lightweight B-25 bombers would be launched from a brand new carrier, the 20,000 ton USS Hornet, to bomb Tokyo. On April 18th 1942, 4 months after Pearl Harbor, the planes attacked power stations, oil tanks and a steel plant in Tokyo. Damage was minor but the raid was a huge morale booster for the war effort back home. The strategic fallout in Japan was conserdiable also as Japanese naval forces and fighter units were called back from the Indian ocean and the Solomon Islands to protect the homeland.
What did the US do immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor?
The day after the attack President Franklin D Roosevelt addressed Congress, declaring war on Japan with his now famous “a date which will live in infamy” speech.
Perceptions of treachery in the surprise attack also stoked fears of sabotage and espionage by Japanese sympathizers. In February 1942 Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 requiring all Japanese Americans to submit themselves for internment.
How long did the attack last on Pearl Harbor?
It began with the Japanese order to attack a few minutes before 8 am on Sunday Dec 7th 1941. After two hours of bombing 18 capitol ships were sunk or damaged, 188 aircraft were destroyed and 2,403 people were killed.
Over the course of 7 hours on December 7th there were also coordinated Japanese attacks on US held territories in the Philippines, Guam and Wake Island along with the British Empire territories of Malaya, Singapore and Hong Kong.
When did Japan get involved in World War 2?
In 1940 Japan became part of the Axis Alliance with Germany and Italy and occupied parts of French Indochina (Vietnam). In response the U.S. put a complete embargo on all trade with Japan. President Roosevelt also moved the majority of the U.S. Pacific Fleet from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, creating a direct threat to Japanese interests in the Pacific.
Why did Japan surrender after the atomic bomb?
Some scholars believe the Japanese were ready to negotiate peace before the atomic bombs were dropped, but with conditions as opposed to unconditional surrender. It is said a combination of the military leadership having nowhere to hide from such a bomb and Russia declaring war on Japan the day the first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th and nagasaki on August 9th prompted the complete surrender of Japan on August 15th 1945 aboard the USS Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay.
Why did Japan bomb Pearl Harbor?
The U. S. and Japan had been butting heads for years about Japanese aggressions in China which culminated into a U.S. trade and oil embargo in August of 1941. British and Dutch oil embargoes on Japan in the East Indies soon followed. Since Japan imported 90% of its oil, this was seen as a direct threat to their military establishment and they decided to attack first.
On the same day as the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan also attacked US held territories in the Philippines, Guam and Wake Island along with the British Empire territories of Malaya, Singapore and Hong Kong.
What were the result of the attack on Pearl Harbor?
Before the attack on Pearl Harbor no more than half of Americans supported waging war abroad. After the Pearl Harbor attack Americans were eager to fight on two fronts, the Pacific and Europe. The treacherous nature of the Pearl Harbor attack persuaded Americans to wage war with a dedication and self sacrifice that might well have been absent had the US slid into war reluctantly as France and Britain had in 1939.
Who declared war on us after Pearl Harbor?
The Pearl Harbor attack created a domino effect of aggression around the globe, with much of the initial response fittingly directed towards Japan. By December 11, in response to Germany and Italy declaring war against the United States, nations that had been neutral, including Costa Rica, Guatemala, Cuba, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic had entered the war in Europe. By the end of the 13th of December, most of the world found itself engaged in World War II.
Why did the US put an embargo on Japan in 1941?
In 1937 Japan invaded Manchuria hoping to create in China what the British had in India, vast colonies with needed resources. After four years of horrific fighting including the “Rape of Nanking”, FDR imposed a steel and scrap metal embargo. In 1940 the Japanese moved into northern French Indochina and while Hitler was invading Russia in June 1941, Japan moved into southern China. By August the US had placed an oil embargo on Japan hoping to cripple their barbaric military advance through East Asia.