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Pearl Harbor: Hawaii

On December 7, 1941, the United States military base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by an air raid conducted by Japanese forces. The Japanese came to the attack with over 400 planes, 28 submarines, as well as air craft carriers, battleships, tankers and destroyers. The attack came on rather quickly, with unrelenting force, causing mass destruction in its wake. When the attack was over, it was found that more than 2400 people had lost their lives with, roughly, another 1200 wounded. This was the beginning of the United States involvement in the war as they had remained neutral until this horrible attack.


There are several spots in Pearl Harbor said to be haunted. Ford Island is one of those spots. Ghostly figures are seen walking about, disembodied voices are heard, and objects randomly change spots without explanation. Residents in the area have reported their electronics turning on and off, phantom knocks on their doors, and mysterious shadows appear and disappear on a whim.


Another commonly reported spot is the site of the USS Arizona, which was hit hardest during the attack. The Arizona was hit by a torpedo during the attack causing it to sink claiming over 1100 lives. It now sits where it sank the day of the attack, with a memorial built atop, but not touching, it. Visitors have claimed to see the apparitions of sailors all around the Arizona's sunken remains. There have even been quite a few photos taken that have captured orbs, mists and even ghostly faces.


Pearl Harbor is a somber place, with real tragedy. This is one spot I want to visit only for the history and to pay my respects to the fallen of that fateful day.





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