Pearl Harbor surprise: Photo of female firefighters wasn't from Dec. 7
Female firefighters fighting the fires at Pearl Harbor Naval Station. Volunteers AFTER the bombing. "A crew of women fire fighters, all crews having been chosen from personnel working in the immediate vicinity of the pumper stations. From left to right: Elizabeth Moku, Alice Cho, Katherine Lowe, and Hilda Van Gieson."
7 December 1941 - USS West Virginia in flames as fireboats work to contain the fire, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii - USS West Virginia (BB-48), a Colorado-class battleship. She was hit by two bombs and seven torpedoes before sinking. 106 dead - She was returned to service July 1944.
Japan's anger at America led to the aggressive act of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on 12/7/1941. America had a declared an embargo against Japan, banning all goods from being given to them. Japan at the time was at war with China, and without these products from America they were weak and without necessary materials. Japan decided to attack America, thinking that if they distracted the US they could take over South-East Asia , which was rich with resources, without American interference.
Remembering Pearl Harbor. Interesting historical footnote: the USS Phoenix (CL-46) was at Pearl that day and escaped the attack unscathed. She was eventually sold to Argentina and renamed the ARA General Belgrano. After almost 3 decades of service with Argentina, she was sunk on 2 May 1982 by the British submarine HMS Conqueror during the Falklands War. Conqueror is the only nuclear-powered submarine to ever engage an enemy vessel in actual combat.