Fun Fact December 7, 2020.
7 December 2020
A day that will live in infamy. It was on this day in 1941 that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor pulling the United States into World War II. According to Pearl Harbor Tours dot com some new information discovered recently finds that on the morning of December 7th, 1941, the destroyer USS Ward attacked and sank a Japanese midget submarine near the entrance to the harbor. That would make it not only the first shot fired on that day, but the first official American shots in the War. The periscope of the sub was spotted above the water by the minesweeper Condor, which alerted the crew of the Ward, who opened fire. The Japanese forces had planned to use their submarines for a number of different tasks before, during, and after the attack. The submarines were to scout and penetrate the defenses of the harbor, then, once the attack from the air started, they were to release their torpedoes at prime targets and escape back out the channel. After the attack, these submarines were to station themselves in pre-designated spots of the islands to pick-up any pilots who couldn’t make it back to their carriers due to fuel or mechanical issues.