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GARLAND -- At age 95, Jim Leavelle can tell seemingly endless stories about his service in the military and a career with the Dallas Police Department filled with recognition and commendations.
The December, 7th 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history.
Before dawn on 7 December 1941, the American strategic center of gravity in the Pacific reposed in the seven battleships then moored along "Battleship Row", the six pairs of interrupted quays located along Ford Island's eastern side.
The road to war between Japan and the United States began in the 1930s when differences over China drove the two nations apart.
The Pearl Harbor naval base was recognized by both the Japanese and the United States Navies as a potential target for hostile carrier air power.
There is another story that is less known and not captured in many history books. It's the story of the work that began immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and resulted in eighteen of those 21 ships being raised, repaired and returned to service to help fight and win World War II.