Pearl Harbor

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When an unexpected military attack initiated by the Japanese Navy Air Service on America's naval base in Pearl Harbor jolted the entire nation, it spurred the United States' vengeful entry into World War II, thus changing the history of the world as people knew it. The attack brought about a domino of tragedies, caused subsequent world-changing events, and rendered this infamous naval base in Hawaii a crucial part of American history and heritage. Today, Pearl Harbor is dominated by five historic sites that serve as solemn reminders of this dark day in American history, one that left 2,390 dead, and hundreds wounded in its wake. The USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, USS Oklahoma Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum are all part of the site of this reprehensible war crime. The USS Arizona Memorial in particular represents the most savagely destroyed part of the site, brought about by a colossal bomb that shredded the battleship's seemingly impenetrable armor.

Location:  1 Arizona Memorial Place

Business hours:  Mo-Su 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.