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Area vets were there during 'Day of Infamy'

December 07, 2004

The Japanese attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor directly drew the United States into World War II.

The United States expected Japan to attack the Indies, Malaya and probably the Philippines, but not Hawaii, according to a U.S. Navy history Web site.

The first wave of Japanese planes struck shortly before 8 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941.

"Within a short time, five of eight battleships at Pearl Harbor were sunk or sinking, with the rest damaged," the Web site says. "Several other ships and most Hawaii-based combat planes were also knocked out and over 2,400 Americans were dead.

"Soon after, Japanese planes eliminated much of the American air force in the Philippines, and a Japanese Army was ashore in Malaya."

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In 1991, as part of a package to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the attack of Pearl Harbor, The Herald-Mail found that at least 35 Washington County veterans were there.

More than 160 Washington County residents were killed or listed as missing in action during World War II, The Herald-Mail found out at the time.

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