Pearl Harbor Day 2018: 25 Striking Photos of the Hawaii Attack

By H. Alan Scott On 12/7/18 at 8:31 AM

Sailors in a motor launch rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken USS West Virginia (BB-48) during or shortly after the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor. Library of Congress

December 7, 1941, at 7:48 a.m. local time, 353 Imperial Japanese aircrafts bombed eight U.S. Navy ships docked at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Some 2,403 Americans were killed, 1,178 more were wounded and 960 were declared missing. As an event, it ignited U.S. involvement in the ongoing Second World War. Every year since, Americans from Washington, D.C. to Hawaii have honored those that died and remember the day that will “live in infamy,” to quote then-President Franklin Roosevelt.

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan,” Roosevelt said in an address to Congress the day after the attack. He later added, “No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.”

The attack was a surprise. Many U.S. servicemen were still in their pajamas or eating breakfast when the bombing started. All eight ships lined up on what was called “Battleship Row” were critically damaged or destroyed altogether. The USS Arizona exploded after a bomb hit its forward magazine (ammunition room), killing all 1,100 servicemen on board. Eleven other ships were sunk over the course of the attack and 188 planes destroyed. Read the rest of this article at newsweek.com.

3 responses to “Pearl Harbor Day 2018: 25 Striking Photos of the Hawaii Attack”

  1. The Flash says:

    My father-in-law, a career Army officer, who retired as a full-bird colonel, was at Pearl Harbor during the attack. He wasn’t supposed to be there, as he was on his way from San Francisco to a base in the Aleutian Islands, where he spent most of WWII. He developed an inoperable brain tumor which made him quickly terminal, forcing him into a nursing facility the last two weeks of his life. Nearly thirty years ago, on the last night of his life, we made our daily visit. His lucidity was in and out that day because of the tumor pressing on an area of his brain. On that last night, he literally re-lived the attack, yelling at us to “get under the bed” and “get away from the windows.” It was very sad. He passed about eight hours later, peacefully in his sleep.

  2. Lloyd Bailey says:

    FDR and General Marshall provoked this attack and had prior knowledge of this event. The events leading up to this day were humiliating to the Japanese. The United States government was telling this sovereign nation how to run their country. Their trade and financial accounts were blocked. The Japanese Purple Code had been broken. It was FDR that moved our Pacific Fleet to Hawaii which was not a state at the time. This was against the protests of the Admirals and military leaders. Kimmel and Short demanded a court martial as they were unwilling to take the blame. In the trial it was concluded that FDR and Marshall did have prior knowledge, but as Communist sympathizers and globalists, their desire was to involve the United States in war. The rest is history.

    • The Flash says:

      C’mon Lloyd! You mean to tell me that a Democrat elitist LIED to the American people? I never heard of such a thing!! Say it ain’t so! I’m shocked, I tell you, just shocked!

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