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Today in World War II History—December 5, 1941

USS Arizona, 1930s (US Navy photo: 80-G-463589)

USS Arizona, 1930s (US Navy photo: 80-G-463589)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 5, 1941: Battleship USS Arizona arrives at Pearl Harbor.

USS Lexington departs Hawaii with Marine aircraft for Midway, leaving no carriers at Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack.

James J. Kilroy of Boston is hired at Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, MA, to check work of riveters; his “Kilroy Was Here” mark on ships will become legendary.

John Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez is published.