Not only being stationed there do you see the bullet holes still in the military buildings kept as a reminder but the essence of Pearl Harbor is felt. There is a distince cut in the mountains where the Japanese planes flew through to evade what they could of the radar of those days. Looking at it today you can see how well it worked for them.
Pearl Harbor isn’t a mere “tourist attraction” and if you go there and feel yourself see it that way remember this, the Japanese Empire waged war on innocent American civilians on Dec 7th on Pearl Harbor. Many innocent people both military and civilian were lost that day (188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed, 2,402 personnel were killed and 1,282 were wounded). America declared war the following day entering WWII.
I have stood there on Ford Island (pic) in the same spot where you can barely make out the black flames on the far right. Many hangers and an air museum there still have bullet holes in the buildings. The eerie shadow of the USS Arizona still resides just off the island.
Remember Pearl Harbor………….time for a stoagy!
The above black & white Photo #: NH 50930 Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941 Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base Japanese caption on this captured photo reads: "Full view of Ford Island gasping under the attack of our Sea Eagles. This distant view of Ford Island immediately after the attack of our assault force shows the enemy capital ships lined up on the opposite side of the Island. in the foreground is the cruiser fleet, including the battleship UTAH. The enemy ships around the island have all become tempting targets for our Sea Eagles. In the upper right clearly appear the outlines of two of our Sea Eagles who are carrying out a daring low-level attack, reminiscent of the performance of the Gods.