Pearl Harbor: Memorial tweeting 'live' account of attack timeline
In a clash of history and modern-day social media, a Twitter account for the USS Arizona is tweeting the news of 'a date which will life in infamy' — Dec. 7, 1941.
The USS Arizona was bombed in a surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, exploded and sank, trapping more than 1,000 men inside. Just before 8 a.m., hundreds of fighter planes descended on the U.S. naval base, killing 2,400 civilians and military members and damaging or destroying battleships, airplanes and other vessels. Another 1,000 people were injured.
Now, the USS Arizona is a memorial in Hawaii, about 4,000 miles from Japan. The attack there sparked the United States' involvement in World War II. The memorial is essentially 'live-tweeting' an account of the events there 76 years ago, starting with a quiet evening on Dec. 6, 1941 and following through the morning of the attack. The time difference between Hawaii and Western Pennsylvania is five hours.
Follow along here: https://twitter.com/USSArizona
It is a still and pleasant evening here at Pearl Harbor tonight. The fleet is at rest and ready for a quiet Sunday. #PearlHarbor76— USSArizona (@USSArizona) December 7, 2017
The Japanese attack force 'Kido Butai' with its destroyers, cruisers, battleships and 6 carriers speed at 24 knots due south towards Oahu. #PearlHarbor76— USSArizona (@USSArizona) December 7, 2017
Most of USS Arizona's crew is now aboard ship. It is midnight at Pearl Harbor. Sunday, December 7th, 1941. #PearlHarbor76— USSArizona (@USSArizona) December 7, 2017
In Washington DC, there is a continued concern about the potential threat of Japanese aggression in the Pacific. But where? #PearlHarbor76— USSArizona (@USSArizona) December 7, 2017
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, email@example.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.