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24 Harrowing Pictures From The Attack On Pearl Harbor

Dec. 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy.

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An aerial view of Pearl Harbor with Ford Island and Ford air base after the air raid by the Imperial Japanese Navy. On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, a surprise military attack was conducted by aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy against the US Pacific Fleet being moored in Pearl Harbor, marking the entry of the US in World War II. More than 2,400 people were killed and thousands wounded, with dozens of Navy vessels either sunk or destroyed.

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Among the civilians killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor were three in this car about 8 miles from Pearl Harbor. The tires were flattened and the sides pockmarked by shrapnel from a bomb.


Officers' wives head to their quarters after investigating the sound of an explosion and seeing smoke in distance. The two heard neighbor Mary Naiden, then an Army hostess, who took this picture, exclaim, "There are red circles on those planes overhead. They are Japanese!" A Japanese bomber, its diving flaps down, was photographed by a US Navy photographer as the plane approached its Pearl Harbor objective.

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President Roosevelt during the dramatic moments before asking Congress to declare a state of war against Japan for its "unprovoked and dastardly attack." On the right is his son, James Roosevelt. In the background are Vice President Henry A. Wallace (left) and Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn. Both the Senate and the House complied with his request almost immediately.

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USS Arizona survivor Louis Conter salutes the remembrance wall of the USS Arizona during a memorial service for the 73rd anniversary of the attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 2014.

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