Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Deep water harbor on Oahu, Hawaii
  • proper n. US Navy base at the harbor.
  • n. A sneak attack, often using underhanded measures.
  • n. A seminal dramatic event that unites a community and arouses it into action against an enemy.

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  • n. a harbor on Oahu to the west of Honolulu; location of a United States naval base that was attacked by the Japanese on 7 Dec 1941

Etymologies

From pearl + harbor (Wiktionary)
From the December 7, 1941, surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy on Pearl Harbor. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Gen. George Grunert, president of the Army Pearl Harbor Board, dated August 25, 1944, in RG 80, PHLO, Exhibit 70, pp.

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  • See his letter to the Pearl Harbor congressional staff, dated February 28, 1946, serial 0003042P20 in RG 80, PHLO, MMRB, Archives II.

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  • English translations of 1941 Japanese Foreign Office intercepts containing the word or phrase “worse,” “worse comes to worse,” and similar uses can be found in Department of Defense, The Magic Background of Pearl Harbor USGPO, 1977.

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  • Joseph Wenger, an assistant to Stone, was more cautious when he wrote: “J-19 was not available at Pearl in registered publications,” Wenger to Pearl Harbor congressional staff, November 9, 1945 serial 00023P20.

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  • His letter was found in a special Pearl Harbor document release authorized by an FOIA and delivered to the author by the Naval Security Group Command, August 31, 1993, in author file.

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  • Whitlock insisted, that while the information he used in his 1941 analyses came from the 5-Num dispatches he called them 5-Digit, none of the cryptologists at Station CAST had the means to read the encoded message text prior to Pearl Harbor because the solutions had not been received from Station US in Washington, DC.

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  • Most Pearl Harbor historians assert that communications intelligence COMINT was a closely guarded secret disseminated only to a select list of high American government officials.

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  • In the Pacific the warships at Pearl Harbor were called the Hawaiian Detachment.

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  • For the Winds Code controversy, see voluminous citation on testimony given to various Pearl Harbor investigations in 1944–46 in Stanley H.

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  • During interviews with the author in 1988 and 1998, Kisner said some historians—who never interviewed him—had misinterpreted his Daily Chronology, in which he said there was no change in carrier operations during the three week period the Pearl Harbor force assembled and headed for Hawaii.

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