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30 Chilling Photos From The Attack On Pearl Harbor

*Warning: Some viewers may find these images disturbing.*

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On the morning of December 7th, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a powerful and brutal attack against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The attack was intended to thwart the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with Japanese military operations in the Pacific. Over the course of seven hours, some 353 Japanese fighter planes, torpedo planes, and bombers unleashed a relentless bombing raid that destroyed 188 U.S. aircraft, sunk four U.S. Navy battleships, and killed 2,403 Americans with an additional 1,178 injured. The following day, the United States of America declared war on Japan.

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Officers' wives head to their quarters after hearing explosions and seeing smoke in distance. Mary Naiden, the woman who took this picture, is said to have exclaimed, "There are red circles on those planes overhead. They are Japanese!"

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This photograph, from a Japanese film later captured by American forces, is taken aboard the Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, just as a Nakajima B-5N bomber is launching off deck for the second wave of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Two servicemen sit on the wreckage of a bomber, surrounded by dirt and sandbags in preparation for another wave of attackers. One looks through binoculars and the other smokes a cigarette.

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This is the scene in New York's Times Square early in the evening on December 7th, 1941, as crowds gather to read the news bulletins flashed on the electric bulletin board of the New York Times building.

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On December 8th, President Franklin Roosevelt speaks to a joint session of Congress in Washington and signs the declaration of war against Japan. The Senate responded with a unanimous vote in support of the war; only one Representative dissented in the House.

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The next day, young Japanese-Americans, including several Army selectees, gather around a reporter's car in the Japanese section of San Francisco. Over 30,000 second generation Japanese Americans volunteered or were drafted into the U.S Army during World War II.

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Gathering on a fence are some of the first Japanese to be removed from American society and sent to the Tanforan internment camp in Tanforan, California. The group was among the 3,112 Japanese to be removed from restricted areas in the San Francisco Bay area.

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This oil stained, battle torn American flag was flying proudly from a ship in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese struck. Missiles tore it from its staff and tossed into the bay, where it was salvaged by Lt. Comdr. Fred Welden.