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The attack on Pearl Harbor

An aerial photograph taken the year before the Japanese raid shows the East Loch and the the Fleet Air Base on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Visible are the carrier Yorktown, ten battleships, seventeen cruisers, two light cruisers, and over thirty destroyers. 


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An aerial photograph taken the year before the Japanese raid shows the East Loch and the the Fleet Air Base on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Visible are the carrier Yorktown, ten battleships, seventeen cruisers, two light cruisers, and over...more

An aerial photograph taken the year before the Japanese raid shows the East Loch and the the Fleet Air Base on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Visible are the carrier Yorktown, ten battleships, seventeen cruisers, two light cruisers, and over thirty destroyers. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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A chart identifying ship mooring locations and entitled (at upper left) "Report on positions of enemy fleet at anchorage", is seen after it was recovered from a Japanese aircraft that was downed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. 


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A chart identifying ship mooring locations and entitled (at upper left) "Report on positions of enemy fleet at anchorage", is seen after it was recovered from a Japanese aircraft that was downed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. US Navy/National...more

A chart identifying ship mooring locations and entitled (at upper left) "Report on positions of enemy fleet at anchorage", is seen after it was recovered from a Japanese aircraft that was downed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. US Navy/National Archives
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Japanese Navy Type 99 Val carrier bombers prepare to take off from an aircraft carrier to attack Pearl Harbor. The ship in the background is the carrier Soryu. 


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Japanese Navy Type 99 Val carrier bombers prepare to take off from an aircraft carrier to attack Pearl Harbor. The ship in the background is the carrier Soryu. U.S. Navy/National Archives

Japanese Navy Type 99 Val carrier bombers prepare to take off from an aircraft carrier to attack Pearl Harbor. The ship in the background is the carrier Soryu. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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An officer on the Japanese aircraft carrier Shokaku watches as planes take off to attack Pearl Harbor. The Kanji inscription at left is a commander order to pilots to do their duty to destroy (the enemy). 

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An officer on the Japanese aircraft carrier Shokaku watches as planes take off to attack Pearl Harbor. The Kanji inscription at left is a commander order to pilots to do their duty to destroy (the enemy). U.S. Navy/National Archives

An officer on the Japanese aircraft carrier Shokaku watches as planes take off to attack Pearl Harbor. The Kanji inscription at left is a commander order to pilots to do their duty to destroy (the enemy). U.S. Navy/National Archives
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A Japanese Navy Type 97 Kate carrier attack plane takes off from the aircraft carrier Shokaku, en route to attack Pearl Harbor.

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A Japanese Navy Type 97 Kate carrier attack plane takes off from the aircraft carrier Shokaku, en route to attack Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy/National Archives

A Japanese Navy Type 97 Kate carrier attack plane takes off from the aircraft carrier Shokaku, en route to attack Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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A Japanese bomber aircraft is seen in the foreground of an aerial photograph taken by a Japanese pilot during the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

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A Japanese bomber aircraft is seen in the foreground of an aerial photograph taken by a Japanese pilot during the attack on Pearl Harbor. US Navy/NEA Services

A Japanese bomber aircraft is seen in the foreground of an aerial photograph taken by a Japanese pilot during the attack on Pearl Harbor. US Navy/NEA Services
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The forward magazine of the destroyer USS Shaw explodes during the second Japanese attack wave on Pearl Harbor.

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The forward magazine of the destroyer USS Shaw explodes during the second Japanese attack wave on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

The forward magazine of the destroyer USS Shaw explodes during the second Japanese attack wave on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command
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The forward magazines of the destroyer USS Shaw explode after a bombing attack by Japanese planes.

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The forward magazines of the destroyer USS Shaw explode after a bombing attack by Japanese planes. U.S. Navy/U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

The forward magazines of the destroyer USS Shaw explode after a bombing attack by Japanese planes. U.S. Navy/U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command
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The battleship USS Arizona burns, immediately following the explosion of her forward magazines. The still image is from a color motion picture taken on board the hospital ship USS Solace. 

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The battleship USS Arizona burns, immediately following the explosion of her forward magazines. The still image is from a color motion picture taken on board the hospital ship USS Solace. Eric Haakenson/U.S. Navy/National Archives

The battleship USS Arizona burns, immediately following the explosion of her forward magazines. The still image is from a color motion picture taken on board the hospital ship USS Solace. Eric Haakenson/U.S. Navy/National Archives
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Sailors stand amid wrecked planes at the Ford Island seaplane base, watching as the destroyer USS Shaw explodes in the center background. 

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Sailors stand amid wrecked planes at the Ford Island seaplane base, watching as the destroyer USS Shaw explodes in the center background. U.S. Navy/National Archives

Sailors stand amid wrecked planes at the Ford Island seaplane base, watching as the destroyer USS Shaw explodes in the center background. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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The battleship USS Arizona burns on Battleship Row, beside Ford Island in an aerial photo taken from a Japanese aircraft during the attack. Ships seen are (L-R) USS Nevada, USS Arizona with USS Vestal moored outboard, USS Tennessee with USS West Virginia moored outboard and USS Maryland with USS Oklahoma capsized alongside.


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The battleship USS Arizona burns on Battleship Row, beside Ford Island in an aerial photo taken from a Japanese aircraft during the attack. Ships seen are (L-R) USS Nevada, USS Arizona with USS Vestal moored outboard, USS Tennessee with USS West...more

The battleship USS Arizona burns on Battleship Row, beside Ford Island in an aerial photo taken from a Japanese aircraft during the attack. Ships seen are (L-R) USS Nevada, USS Arizona with USS Vestal moored outboard, USS Tennessee with USS West Virginia moored outboard and USS Maryland with USS Oklahoma capsized alongside. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command
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A Japanese Navy Type 99 Val carrier bomber is seen in action during the attack. 

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A Japanese Navy Type 99 Val carrier bomber is seen in action during the attack. U.S. Navy/National Archives

A Japanese Navy Type 99 Val carrier bomber is seen in action during the attack. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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Flak bursts of anti-aircraft shells pepper the skyline above rising smoke from the battleship USS Arizona. 


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Flak bursts of anti-aircraft shells pepper the skyline above rising smoke from the battleship USS Arizona. U.S. Navy/National Archives

Flak bursts of anti-aircraft shells pepper the skyline above rising smoke from the battleship USS Arizona. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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A Japanese Type 00 (Zero) carrier fighter trails smoke after it was hit by anti-aircraft fire during the attack. 



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A Japanese Type 00 (Zero) carrier fighter trails smoke after it was hit by anti-aircraft fire during the attack. U.S. Navy/National Archives

A Japanese Type 00 (Zero) carrier fighter trails smoke after it was hit by anti-aircraft fire during the attack. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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The damaged battleship USS California, listing to port after being hit by Japanese aerial torpedoes and bombs, is seen off Ford Island during the attack. 


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The damaged battleship USS California, listing to port after being hit by Japanese aerial torpedoes and bombs, is seen off Ford Island during the attack. U.S. Navy/National Archives

The damaged battleship USS California, listing to port after being hit by Japanese aerial torpedoes and bombs, is seen off Ford Island during the attack. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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The crew of the Japanese carrier Shokaku cry Banzai as a Type 97 Kate carrier attack plane takes off as the second wave attack is launched on Pearl Harbor. 



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The crew of the Japanese carrier Shokaku cry Banzai as a Type 97 Kate carrier attack plane takes off as the second wave attack is launched on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy/National Archives

The crew of the Japanese carrier Shokaku cry Banzai as a Type 97 Kate carrier attack plane takes off as the second wave attack is launched on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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U.S. Marines await the possible return of Japanese aircraft on the parade ground at the Pearl Harbor Marine Barracks. 

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U.S. Marines await the possible return of Japanese aircraft on the parade ground at the Pearl Harbor Marine Barracks. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

U.S. Marines await the possible return of Japanese aircraft on the parade ground at the Pearl Harbor Marine Barracks. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command
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A Japanese Type 00 (Zero) fighter with markings from the carrier Akagi is seen after it crashed during the attack at Fort Kamehameha, near Pearl Harbor. 


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A Japanese Type 00 (Zero) fighter with markings from the carrier Akagi is seen after it crashed during the attack at Fort Kamehameha, near Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy/National Archives

A Japanese Type 00 (Zero) fighter with markings from the carrier Akagi is seen after it crashed during the attack at Fort Kamehameha, near Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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Gunners on board the minesweeper USS Avocet look for more Japanese planes, at about the time the air raid ended on Pearl Harbor. 



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Gunners on board the minesweeper USS Avocet look for more Japanese planes, at about the time the air raid ended on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy/National Archives

Gunners on board the minesweeper USS Avocet look for more Japanese planes, at about the time the air raid ended on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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Sailors in a motor launch rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken battleship USS West Virginia during or shortly after the Japanese air raid.


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Sailors in a motor launch rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken battleship USS West Virginia during or shortly after the Japanese air raid. U.S. Navy/National Archives

Sailors in a motor launch rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken battleship USS West Virginia during or shortly after the Japanese air raid. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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The forward superstructure of the sunken battleship USS Arizona burns after the attack.


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The forward superstructure of the sunken battleship USS Arizona burns after the attack. U.S. Navy/U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

The forward superstructure of the sunken battleship USS Arizona burns after the attack. U.S. Navy/U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command
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The destroyers USS Downes and USS Cassin lie wrecked in Drydock One ahead of the battleship USS Pennsylvania soon after the end of the attack. 

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The destroyers USS Downes and USS Cassin lie wrecked in Drydock One ahead of the battleship USS Pennsylvania soon after the end of the attack. U.S. Navy/National Archives

The destroyers USS Downes and USS Cassin lie wrecked in Drydock One ahead of the battleship USS Pennsylvania soon after the end of the attack. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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Sailors attempt to save a burning PBY amphibious aircraft during the Japanese raid on Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, near Pearl Harbor.


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Sailors attempt to save a burning PBY amphibious aircraft during the Japanese raid on Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, near Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy/U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

Sailors attempt to save a burning PBY amphibious aircraft during the Japanese raid on Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, near Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy/U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command
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A wrecked U.S. Army Air Corps B-17C bomber lies at Hickam Air Field, following the end of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. This plane, piloted by Captain Raymond T. Swenson, was one of those that arrived during the raid after flying in from California. It was hit by a strafing attack after landing and burned in half. 


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A wrecked U.S. Army Air Corps B-17C bomber lies at Hickam Air Field, following the end of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. This plane, piloted by Captain Raymond T. Swenson, was one of those that arrived during the raid after flying in from...more

A wrecked U.S. Army Air Corps B-17C bomber lies at Hickam Air Field, following the end of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. This plane, piloted by Captain Raymond T. Swenson, was one of those that arrived during the raid after flying in from California. It was hit by a strafing attack after landing and burned in half. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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The body of a sailor killed during the Japanese air attack at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay lies on the shoreline, near Pearl Harbor. 


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The body of a sailor killed during the Japanese air attack at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay lies on the shoreline, near Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy/National Archives

The body of a sailor killed during the Japanese air attack at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay lies on the shoreline, near Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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A model made for a Japanese propaganda film on the Pearl Harbor raid, showing ships located as they were during the attack, is seen in a photograph which was brought back to the U.S. from Japan at the end of World War II by Rear Admiral John Shafroth. 


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A model made for a Japanese propaganda film on the Pearl Harbor raid, showing ships located as they were during the attack, is seen in a photograph which was brought back to the U.S. from Japan at the end of World War II by Rear Admiral John...more

A model made for a Japanese propaganda film on the Pearl Harbor raid, showing ships located as they were during the attack, is seen in a photograph which was brought back to the U.S. from Japan at the end of World War II by Rear Admiral John Shafroth. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command
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Ship's Chief Petty Officers listen to the radio broadcast of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's address to the Congress requesting a declaration of War against the Axis powers, December 8, 1941. Note the photograph of President Roosevelt on the bulkhead. 

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Ship's Chief Petty Officers listen to the radio broadcast of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's address to the Congress requesting a declaration of War against the Axis powers, December 8, 1941. Note the photograph of President Roosevelt on the...more

Ship's Chief Petty Officers listen to the radio broadcast of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's address to the Congress requesting a declaration of War against the Axis powers, December 8, 1941. Note the photograph of President Roosevelt on the bulkhead. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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A Marine rifle squad fires a volley over the bodies of fifteen officers and men killed at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay during the raid the previous day at Pearl Harbor, December 8, 1941. 


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A Marine rifle squad fires a volley over the bodies of fifteen officers and men killed at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay during the raid the previous day at Pearl Harbor, December 8, 1941. U.S. Navy/National Archives

A Marine rifle squad fires a volley over the bodies of fifteen officers and men killed at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay during the raid the previous day at Pearl Harbor, December 8, 1941. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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Following Hawaiian tradition, Sailors honor men killed during the Japanese Pearl Harbor attack the previous year on Naval Air Station Kaneohe, May 31, 1942. The casualties had been buried on December 8, 1941. 



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Following Hawaiian tradition, Sailors honor men killed during the Japanese Pearl Harbor attack the previous year on Naval Air Station Kaneohe, May 31, 1942. The casualties had been buried on December 8, 1941. U.S. Navy/National Archives

Following Hawaiian tradition, Sailors honor men killed during the Japanese Pearl Harbor attack the previous year on Naval Air Station Kaneohe, May 31, 1942. The casualties had been buried on December 8, 1941. U.S. Navy/National Archives
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