Attack on Pearl Harbor
The strategic value of Hawaii became even more apparent during WWII when Japan attacked the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. The United States was able to take the fight to Japan during it Pacific Island Hopping campaign using Pearl Harbor for resupply and repair of its fleet. Today, you are able to visit Pearl Harbor see where WWII began for America. The Arizona Memorial symbolized our involvement in WWII. The USS Missouri symbolized victory over Japan. On the Deck of the USS Missouri the Surrender was signed in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945.
Hawaii’s strategic significance continued during the Korean War and Vietnam, and continues to serve as a safeguard throughout the Pacific.