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National WWII Museum presents Infamy — December 1941

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans presents Infamy — December 1941 an exhibition on view through February 19, 2012.

Infamy — December 1941 will focus on the day that US involvement in the war that changed the world began: the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The exhibit will also explore several other, nearly simultaneous, yet lesser known attacks on American-held territory throughout the Pacific including Wake, Guam and the Philippines. Much of the story will be told by the oral histories of men that were there, as well as artifacts and images that illustrate the massive losses, the effect on morale, and how America came back as the victor almost four years later.
Artifacts include a wristwatch worn by Roy “Swede” Boreen, which stopped at the moment he jumped from the deck of his burning ship, the USS Oklahoma, a flag flown on the USS St. Louis on December 7, 1941, a tool chest used by Foster Duplechain to rebuild after the attack, an actual piece of the USS Arizona, the ship whose losses accounted for nearly half of all casualties at Pearl Harbor, and other important artifacts from the Museum’s collection.

Featured oral histories will illustrate the attack from all angles, including Zenji Abe, one of the Japanese pilots who flew over Pearl Harbor during the attack and Lt. Kermit Tyler who was witnessed the attack first-hand and, like most men did initially, waved off the warning signs of the impending attack. –

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