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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers > About > History > Historical Vignettes > Military Construction Combat > 128PearlHarbor

On the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a devastating aerial attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The brunt of it fell on the U.S. Navy’s battleship fleet, but, to neutralize any defense, the Japanese also targeted fighter planes at the Army’s Wheeler Field. One young Army Engineer, 1st Lt. John Charles Geffel with the 804th Engineer Battalion (Aviation), saw it all and lived to write about it. His short but insightful journal tracks events from July 7, 1940, when he joined his first aviation company, through the attack he witnessed at Pearl Harbor. The quotes that follow are journal excerpts.



Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers > About > History > Historical Vignettes > Military Construction Combat > 128PearlHarbor

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