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Hawaiian notes

25 November 2017

9:00 AM

25 November 2017

9:00 AM

Under Hawaiian eyes

The Pearl Harbour memorial to the 1,177 American sailors and marines (1,102 still entombed) who lost their lives on the USS Arizona on the morning of December 7, 1941 and the USS Missouri battleship memorial, are the bookends of US history in the Pacific War (1941-45).

With the sinking of the battleships of the US Pacific Fleet, including Arizona, Japan awakened ‘a sleeping giant, and filled him with a terrible resolve’, to quote the fears of the Japanese architect of the surprise Pearl Harbour attack, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.

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