Articles tagged with: Pearl Harbor

The First State Dinner

President Ulysses S. Grant

President Ulysses S. Grant

On February 11, 2014, President Obama will host a state dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande. As the official announcement for the dinner states, the diplomatic event presents “opportunities to further strengthen the U.S.-France security and economic partnership.” These goals link President Obama’s state dinner with the very first state dinner hosted by a United States’ president.

“Neutralize and Destroy:” The USS Texas and Normandy

Alfred Thayer Mahan

Alfred Thayer Mahan

Pearl Harbor marked a change in the employment of battleships in American warfare. Prior to the Japanese surprise attack, large fleet-versus-fleet engagements characterized American war planning in the decades after Alfred Mahan published The Influence of Sea Power Upon History. Early incarnations of War Plan Orange – the battle plan for war against the Japanese Empire – reflected this doctrine and envisioned a decisive naval battle led by battleships. Deprived of the offensive force represented by battleships after the Japanese attack, however, American war planners were forced to focus on the offensive power of aircraft carriers to carry retribution across the Pacific.

Salvage of the USS Oklahoma

USS OklahomaIn response to the Imperial Japanese Navy’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is storied to have stated that “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant.” Regardless of whether the admiral actual spoke or wrote these words, an industrial sleeping giant was indeed awoken as the American military machine began constructing weapons of war at an unprecedented pace.

New production only tells one side of the sleeping giant awoken by the attack on Pearl Harbor, however. A unique aspect of the American war effort was ability to repair damaged equipment and return the refurbished weapons to the battlefield. Even though it never again sailed as a warship, the USS Oklahoma illustrates the impressive recovery efforts that characterized the United States’ involvement in World War Two.


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