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It’s 71 years ago today since the attack which abruptly brought America into the Second World War as a full combatant. On an otherwise calm Sunday morning on December 7, 1941, the Japanese shocked the world by bombing the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
At 7:02 a.m. at the Opana Radar Station on Oahu, privates Joseph Lockhard and George Elliott saw something on their screen. It looked like many planes flying toward them. Opana’s was the only radar turned on just then, and it was on only for training. The other radar stations had been turned off. It was standard procedure.
Following standard procedure, Lockhard and Elliott reported what they saw. The commanding officer on duty knew that a squadron of American planes was due in from California about the same time. Reasoning that what the privates had seen was that squadron of American planes, the commanding officer told them not to worry.

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