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America Attacked: Pearl Harbor Anniversary Program
by Mike Ellicott
The United States entered WWII on December 7, 1941, when the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the US Pacific Fleet anchored in Pearl Harbor in the Territory of Hawaii. While the place and date of the attack surprised the United States Military, the attack itself was not unexpected. Intelligence officials had been predicting an attack somewhere in the Pacific, most likely the Philippines, for several months. That the Japanese were able to launch the attack from carrier-based aircraft came as a complete shock. This presentation will discuss the history of the attack, the Japanese plan, the attack itself, and the aftermath. It will also compare America’s Day of Infamy to a more recent surprise, but not unexpected, attack on America that again used aircraft in an unexpected way.
Mike Ellicott retired as a Colonel after a 26-year career in the Army Corps of Engineers and he retired again 16 years later as the Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Construction for the Texas Tech University System. He now focuses on his love of WWII and Civil War history and leads, with his wife Marilyn, tours of the Normandy and Gettysburg Battlefields. Marilyn and Mike live in Collierville, he is the Past President of the Friends of the Morton Museum in Collierville.
Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.
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