Principia College Abroads

While few would disagree that wars are entered into only as a last resort, World War II truly was a crusade to prevent global domination by the dark forces of tyranny and evil. America's entry into this maelstrom resulted from what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called "a dastardly attack" on our Pacific Fleet by the Japanese.

Pearl Harbor is, undoubtedly, one of the most infamous events in American history. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese executed a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The U.S. casualties totaled 2,335 soldiers, 68 civilians, and another 1,178 wounded. In addition to the massive loss of personnel, this incident cost the American armed forces 188 aircraft, five battleships, and three destroyers.

This program will allow students to see up close and personal the direct cause of our entry into WWII, and specifically its effects on the island of Oahu. If history is something we learn from, and helps us avoid past mistakes, there are few places better than this venue to view past errors.