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No. 11 World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Oahu, HI

Annual Visitors: 1,694,896

The National Park Service’s official name for this monument may not sound familiar, but it commemorates a day that lives in infamy—December 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a sneak attack. The USS Arizona Memorial is anchored in the harbor, where it sank in less than 10 minutes; the remains of many of the 1,177 people who died on the ship lie inside. All told, 21 ships and 320 aircraft were destroyed or damaged, and 2,390 lives were lost. The next day, the United States declared war on Japan and, several days later, on Germany and Italy, officially entering World War II. nps.gov/valr

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