July 12, 2013 |
The USS Missouri, one of the United States' most iconic warships, this summer marks the 15 th anniversary of its permanent mooring at Pearl Harbor. The ship saw action in World War II, the Korean conflict, Operation Desert Storm and a motion picture. It arrived in Honolulu in June 1998 and is moored bow to bow with the submerged USS Arizona, sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Visitors to the Battleship Missouri Memorial are immersed in the history of World War II, beginning with America's entry into the war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and concluding with the Axis power's signing of documents of surrender on Sept.
July 6, 2013 |
President Obama's most important foreign policy initiative is his attempt to "pivot" away from the Middle East and toward Asia. Yet in Asia, some are starting to wonder whether the pivot was last year's story. The new secretary of State, John F. Kerry, is rarely sighted in the region. The military elements of the rebalance are underwhelming. Some of the main proponents of the pivot have left government. And U.S. policymakers are still drawn to the Middle East like iron filings to a magnet.
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June 3, 2013 |
Bob Fletcher, who quit his job as a state agricultural inspector during World War II to save the Sacramento farms of interned Japanese American families, died May 23 in Sacramento, his family announced. He was 101. A few months after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government forced Japanese immigrants and Americans of Japanese descent to report to barbed-wire camps in 1942. Many lost their homes to thieves or bank foreclosures. In the face of deep anti-Japanese sentiment - Fletcher was taunted as a "Jap lover" and nearly hit by a bullet fired at a barn - he stepped in to save the farms of the Nitta, Okamoto and Tsukamoto families.
May 24, 2013 |
One of the most famous aircraft in American military history -- the Lockheed F-104A Starfighter -- has landed at the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor . The jet arrived on Oahu's Ford Island in early May, becoming the 43rdaircraft to join the museum's collection of historic planes. Starfighters were used by the Air Force from 1958 through 1975. At a length of more than 55 feet, but with a wingspan of just under 22 feet, the jet was dubbed “the missile with a man in it.” It was in an F-104 that Gen. Chuck Yeager made the record-breaking, high-altitude ascent depicted in the movie “The Right Stuff.” The modified, rocket-assisted jet soared to more than 100,000 feet during a test flight in December 1963.
April 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy is moving a sea-based radar platform closer to North Korea to track possible missile launches, a Pentagon official said Monday, in the latest step meant to deter the North and reassure South Korea and Japan that the U.S. is committed to their defense. The sea-based X-band radar, a self-propelled system resembling an oil rig, is heading toward the Korean peninsula from Pearl Harbor, the official said. The John S. McCain, a guided missile destroyer capable of shooting down ballistic missiles, also is being sent to the region, said another Defense Department official.
December 6, 2012 |
In just over seven minutes, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave voice to a nation's outrage, branding Dec. 7 as a “date which will live in infamy” for Japan's attack on the Pearl Harbor Naval Base. Within an hour, Congress had voted a declaration of war. As he and other presidents before have done in accordance with federal law, President Obama on Thursday proclaimed Dec. 7 as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. " "I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities.