SUNDAY IN HELL: PEARL HARBOR MINUTE BY MINUTE





A powerful, surprising new history filled with fascinating true stories, released in e-book and print formats by the publisher, E- Reads, on 11, 20 and 29 November.

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PREVIEW IN WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS

EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK'S FOREWORD

Sunday in Hell: Pearl Harbor Minute by Minute, is a fresh, new, meticulously-researched history that takes us through America’s first fierce and most disastrous battle of World War II. Set in the historical context of the preceding ten years of the Great Depression, we see clearly our nation’s steadfast hold on isolationism, and the rise of the 20th Century’s new totalitarians, leading to the shattering Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Told by the people who lived its events, the attack abruptly thrusts us into the midst of war and all its powerful cross-currents of emotion.

Then comes the bitter aftermath, and America’s first dark days of struggle in the great, wide Pacific, where the fury began and as Admiral Nimitz related, “uncommon valor became a common virtue,” inspiring a nation. In reading this history we learn anew why the words sacrifice, love, faith, patriotism, and “Remember Pearl Harbor,” will forever reverberate through American history…

Thomas B. Fargo
Admiral, USN (Ret)
Former Commander,
U.S. Pacific Command
(2002-2005)



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PHOTOGRAPHS

Photograph Credits Guide


UNSUNG HEROINES, THEY SAILED FROM PEACE INTO WAR


The Matson Lines' SS Lurline arrives in San Francisco on 25 January 1933,
at the end of her maiden voyage. She departed Honolulu on her normal
cruise route bound for San Francisco, 5 December 1941. NPSSFHMML



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SS Cynthia Olson, American flag-bearing merchantman, left Tacoma,
Washington 1 December 1941, bound for Honolulu. UDML



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On 3 December 1941, the 5,642-ton Matson Line freighter, SS Lahaina, left Ahukini, Kauai,
for San Francisco, carrying 745 tons of molasses and 300 tons of scrap iron. MNC



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Heavy cruiser Pensacola (CA-24) underway at sea, in her pre-World War II paint, September 1935. She was the Task Group 15.5 guide and command ship, underway from Pearl Harbor, 29 November 1941, leading the gunboat Niagra (PG-52), and Convoy 4002, seven heavily loaded ships, bound for Manila, Philippines. NHHC



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The gunboat Niagra (PG-52) entering Pearl Harbor, 31 March 1942. She was
the Task Group 15.5 sub-chaser escort for “Operation Plum.” NA



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Light cruiser Louisville (CL-28) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 May 1942. Command ship underway from Manila to Honolulu escorting the SS President Coolidge and US Army Transport General Hugh L. Scott.  NA



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The Presidents Line’s SS President Coolidge photographed before
she was purchased from the Dollar Line. NPSSFHMM



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US Army Transport General Hugh L. Scott, formerly the
Presidents Line's SS President Pierce. NPSSFHMM



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THEY FLEW FROM PEACE INTO WAR


Douglas Dauntless SBD-3 scout bombers from Scouting Squadron Six (VS-6)
on the carrier Enterprise (CV-6). In this composite photo the Enterprise
can be seen below the squadron’s aircraft. NHHC



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Two Pan American Airways Boeing B-314s airborne over the Pacific. In this photograph
is the California Clipper, over San Francisco with Oakland Bay Bridge and
Treasure Island in the distant background. PAAR/UMLSCF



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One Pan Am Martin M-130 was airborne over the Pacific. This image is of the
M-130 China Clipper over the port of San Francisco. PAAR/UMLSCF



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One Pan Am Sikorsky S-42 Clipper on the water in Hong Kong Harbor. In this image
an S-42 is on its takeoff run in American waters. PAAR/UMLSCF



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THE RAIDERS’ PRIME TARGETS


Aerial photo of Pearl Harbor, home of the Pacific Fleet. View is to the south, beyond the harbor entrance, October 1941. Two of six military airfields visible in the photo. Upper center-left,
Hickam Field. Right of center, on Ford Island is Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor. NA



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Japanese fighters, later in the war called Zekes or Zeroes by Americans, warm up their engines for launch. Lead plane is Lt. Saburo Shindo’s Zeke on the carrier Akagi’s flight deck. NPSAM



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Japanese Navy Type 99 (Val) dive bombers prepare to take off from an aircraft carrier during
the morning of 7 December 1941. Ship in the background is the carrier Soryu. NA



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Japanese Navy Type 97 (Kate) torpedo bomber on take-off roll from the aircraft
carrier deck of either Zuikaku or Shokaku early morning 7 December 1941
with ship’s crewmen cheering “Banzai!” NHHC



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Japanese Commander Mitsuo Fuchida,
air strike mission leader. NPSAM



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THE JAPANESE ATTACK PLAN INCLUDED 30 SUBMARINES


Imperial Japanese Submarine I-26 became one of the most
notorious Japanese submarines in World War II. IJN



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Japanese submarine I-70, after sustaining damage in a pre-war collision. IJN



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SACRIFICE, UNCOMMON VALOR AND INSPIRATION


Battleship Arizona's forward magazine violently explodes after she was struck by a 1,765-lb, Japanese, armor-piercing bomb. At far left is the bow of the repair ship Vestal, moored eight
feet outboard of Arizona. Photograph taken from the deck of the hospital ship Solace. NA



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A fireboat pours water onto the burning, sinking battleship West Virginia following the attack
by Japanese naval aircraft. The battleship Tennessee is in the background. NPSAM



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This image is of Captain Mervyn S. Bennion, Captain of the West Virginia. Born on May 5, 1887 in Vernon, Utah, he attended the US Naval Academy. He posthumously received the Medal
of Honor. Uncommon valor was the companion of many that day. NPSAM



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Doris Miller, Mess Attendant 2nd Class, on the West Virginia, after being presented
the Navy Cross by Admiral Nimitz, aboard the carrier Enterprise. NPSAM



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Heavy cruiser New Orleans (CA-32) underway during exercises in Hawaiian waters, 8 July 1942. The words and actions of her chaplain and crew, and other ships' crewmembers who voluntarily came aboard her during the Japanese attack, later inspired an entire nation. NA



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Light cruiser St. Louis (CL-49) and her crew were unsung heroes during the attack on Pearl Harbor and its 24-day aftermath; command ship for task groups leading Convoys 2005 and 4032.



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The destroyer Monaghan (DD-354) rammed, depth charged, and sunk a Japanese midget submarine in the harbor’s Middle Loch, west of Ford Island, the morning of 7 December 1941.
This photograph taken off Mare Island Navy Yard, 17 February 1942. NA



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This small band of courageous Army Air Force fighter pilots flying P-40s and P-36s took to the air against overwhelming odds. Photograph taken 17 December 1941, in front of a P-36. Left to right: 2nd Lt. Harry W. Brown, 2nd Lt. Philip M. Rasmmussen, 2nd Lt. Kenneth M. Taylor, 2nd Lt. George S. Welch, and 1st Lt. Lewis M. Sanders. UHHL



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Six P-40s in formation, based at Wheeler Field,
photographed 1 August 1941. USAF



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Photograph of a lone US Army Air Force P-36 from Oahu's
Wheeler Field, over a sugar cane field. USAF



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TWO BROTHERS AND TWO GRAND LOVE STORIES


Captain (USN) Lee S. Border, USNA Class of 1905 (center), and his two sons, Ensigns Robert
L. Border (left) and Karl F. Border, graduation day, 1 June 1939. Borders’ Collection



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The battleship USS Tennessee (BB-43), Underway, 27 September 1939,
with roommates Ensigns Bob and Karl Border on Board. USN



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Mary Joleen “Joey” Border, Navy wife, July 1941



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WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID



The attack on Pearl Harbor was a profoundly bitter surprise for an unprepared America. It was an earth shaking event in a chain of devastating events perpetrated by the twentieth century’s new totalitarians - the Axis powers of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and militarist Japan. This work revitalizes the cry, "Remember Pearl Harbor!" and records anew America’s entry into World War II, the deadly, never-to-be-ignored lessons totalitarians leave in the archives of history’s darkest hours.

Gordon R. Sullivan
General, US Army, Retired
32d Chief of Staff


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Bill McWilliams delivers a most readable history that immerses us in the depths of our Nation’s darkest hour. Feel the shock and anger, the humiliation and devastation that roused the "Sleeping Giant" and inspired the greatest mobilization of spirit, and pride our nation has ever seen. This is the story of real people whose shattered lives became the stuff of the "Greatest Generation."

General John P. Jumper
US Air Force (Ret)
Chief of Staff
2001-05


 
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A memorable history should read like an exciting true story, create clear visual images, and cause readers to feel they are among the people living the events. This work does. Bill McWilliams pulls us into the story, where we experience the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of war, while feeling the powerful crosscurrents of emotion war provokes.

General Thomas R. Morgan USMC (Retired)
Assistant Commandant
Marine Corps, !986-88


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Masterfully told; a powerful true story of the devastating events surrounding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that propelled America into the most destructive war in human history. McWilliams’ third major work after A Return to Glory and On Hallowed Ground wrings inspiration and remembrance from sacrifice, valor and tragedy. Reading like an action-packed novel, this is truly history at its best.

Colin Burgess
Award-winning Australian military and spaceflight historian and author



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Photograph Credits Guide


HA - Hawaii State Archives

IJN - Imperial Japanese Navy

MNC - Matson Navigation Company

NA - National Archives

NAPAR - National Archives Pacific Alaska Region

NAPR - National Archives Pacific Region

NNAM - National Naval Aviation Museum Collection

NPSAM - National Park Service, Arizona Memorial

NPSSFHMML - National Park Service, San Francisco Maritime Museum and National Historical Park Library

NHHC - Naval History and Heritage Command

SFAMC - San Francisco Airport Museum Collection, gift of United Airlines

SFHC - San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

UDML - University of Detroit Mercy Library, Photographic digital image from the Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection

UHHL - University of Hawaii, Hamilton Library Archives and Special Collections

PAAR/UMLSCF - Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

USAF - US Air Force

USAFM - US Air Force Museum

USA - US Army

USAMHI - U.S. Army Military History Institute, World War II Signal Corps Photograph Collection

USMASC - USMC Archives and Special Collections, Jordan Collection

USMCHC - US Marine Corps History Center

USN - US Navy

Borders’ Collection - Robert Lee and Mary Joleen Border


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