This Secret City Shot Up From Nowhere During WWII. Then Years Later Its Deadly Purpose Was Exposed

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Today, Oak Ridge in Tennessee is a seemingly normal city with a population of almost 30,000 people. Yet the community was only founded in 1942, when a mysterious settlement was established during World War II. And the area itself was shrouded in secrecy – that is, until years later, when Oak Ridge’s deadly purpose was finally revealed.

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America entered World War II on December 8, 1941 – the day after Japanese forces had attacked the naval fleet based at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. This assault ultimately demolished 188 aircraft and damaged all eight battleships that had been based there, while over 2,400 Americans lost their lives and many more were injured.

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And although World War II had been raging for almost two years prior to the ambush at Pearl Harbor, the U.S. had generally maintained a neutral position towards the conflict. Now that the country had suffered an attack on home ground, however, it could no longer afford to not get involved.

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