5 Little Known Facts About Pearl Harbor

You may know that on December 7th, 1941, the United States of America was attacked by over 100 Japanese war planes in a surprise attack that launched us into World War II. Join us at the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund as we remember those who were lost on that fateful day. To keep their memory alive, here are some interesting facts that you might not know about Pearl Harbor.

1.   Lt. Annie Fox was the first woman to receive a Purple Heart for her leadership and bravery during the attack.

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2.   The USS Arizona, the division 1 battleship docked at Pearl Harbor, is still leaking fuel. The ship had filled up her massive 1.5 million gallon tank the day before the attack. While much of the fuel was burned up in fires from the attack, experts say as much as 9 quarts leaks into the water daily.

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3.   Montana Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin was the only person to vote against the United States participating in World War I and World War II. She simply stated: “As a woman, I can’t go to war, and I refuse to send anyone else.”

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4.   Service members stationed in Hawaii took care of the memorial during the government shutdown. Their message, they said, was to all veterans: “We haven’t forgotten about you. We will not forget about you.”

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5.   Elvis Presley helped raise money to build the USS Arizona Memorial. He held a benefit concert in 1961 that raised $64,000. The memorial was built the following year.

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The attack on Pearl Harbor was a defining moment in our country’s history. The United States came away a resilient and heroic nation – one that we still are today. If you would like to honor the heroes of Pearl Harbor and help to insure the safety of our current service members, you can help support their care by donating directly to IFHF.

Posted on November 27 2014 in Blog

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