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Pearl Harbor: Memorial tweeting 'live' account of attack timeline

Renatta Signorini
| Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, 8:06 a.m.
The U.S. Navy battleship USS Arizona burns during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941.
The U.S. Navy battleship USS Arizona burns during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941.

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.

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Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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