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    Mount Tantalus (Tantalus, Puʻu ʻōhiʻa) Oahu | Hawaii United States
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U. S. Army March 5, 1942

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Honolulu Advertiser
March 16, 2009
Location
Lat 21°19′ 57.58″N Long 157°48′ 53.34″W  Mount Tantalus is an extinct cinder cone volcano with an elevation of 2,014' / 614m in the Koʻolau Range on O'ahu in Hawaii. Also know as Mt. Tantalus or Tantalus Peak. In Hawaiian known as Puʻu ʻōhiʻa. At the summit is Tantalus Crater. To the south is Honolulu and to the west is Pearl Harbor.

Wartime History
During World War II, the U. S. Army built a fire control station station on Tantalus that in conjunction with another station on Diamond Head provided fire control for Fort DeRussey and Fort Ruger.

On March 4, 1942 at 2:10am H8K Emily Y-71 drops four 250kg bombs that exploded near Roosevelt High School on the southern slope of Mount Tantalus damaging trees and blew out windows in the vicinity. On March 5, 1942 the bomb craters were investigated by U. S. Army personnel that discovered shrapnel fragments matched those from Japanese ordnance used on December 7, 1941.

References
Honolulu Advertiser "Japan's 2nd Pearl Harbor Attack: Date lives on in few memories" by William Cole March 16, 2009 with photographs by Bruce Asato

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March 4, 2021

 

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