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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Documentary on Little Known Pearl Harbor Story

"The First Shot" reenacts the story of the submarine sneak attack that preceded the famous air attack on Pearl Harbor

The enterprising advanced video students at Hawaii Pacific University have produced a documentary on a popular Hawaii subject: Pearl Harbor. Only instead of retelling the oft-told tale of the air attack and sinking of the USS Arizona, the film, called "The First Shot: The Secret Submarine Attack on Pearl Harbor," sheds light on the preceding sneak attack by five Japanese submarines, including their encounter with the USS Ward--a mystery that was unraveled by a deep-sea discovery in 2002.

The documentary will be broadcast on KFVE at 9:30pm on Wednesday, December 7, the anniversary of the attack, which was the largest foreign attack on American soil until 9/11.

Prior to the broadcast, the public is invited to a special FREE premiere screening this Sunday, which will include special presentations and appearances by Daniel Martinez, National Park Service Historian; Hawaii Pacific University video students and advisors; and five of the original USS Ward "First Shot Naval Veterans." Details:

  • When: Sun, December 4 at 6pm and 7:15pm (2 screenings)
  • Where: USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center
  • Cost: FREE, but seating is limited and tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
  • Security: Due to heightened security, all bags and/or other items that offer concealment are prohibited inside the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. Please do not leave valuables in your car.
  • Sponsored by: Arizona Memorial Museum Association, National Park Service, and Hawaii Pacific University
If you can't make it, catch the broadcast on Wed, December 7 at 9:30 PM on KFVE. Pearl Harbor buffs can also check out these fictional features on the subject: "Pearl Harbor" (2001), starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, and Kate Beckinsale; "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (1970), starring Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, and Jason Robards; and "From Here to Eternity" (1953), starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift, and Frank Sinatra.

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