PICRYL
PICRYL

The World's Largest Public Domain Source

  • homeHome
  • searchSearch
  • collectionsCollections
  • camera_altMedia
  • infoAbout

  • account_boxLogin

Attack on Pearl Harbor

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, in the Territory of Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941. The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II.
Japan intended the attack as a preventive action to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan planned in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. The attack commenced at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time. The base was attacked by 353 Imperial Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged. 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded.
California hit. Battered by aerial bombs and torpedoes, the U.S.S. California settles slowly into the mud and muck of Pearl Harbor. Clouds of black oily smoke pouring up from the California and her stricken sister ships conceal all but the hulk of the capsized U.S.S. Oklahoma at extreme right
111 Media in collectionpage 1 of 2

Photograph of the USS Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The USS Arizona (BB39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the USS Vestal after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The USS Vestal (AR4) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the Capsized USS Oklahoma and the USS Maryland after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The capsized USS Oklahoma (BB37) and the USS Maryland (BB46) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941 General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the USS Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The USS Arizona (BB39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the USS Arizona after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The USS Arizona (BB39) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of USS Arizona Burns at Pearl Harbor after Japanese Attack

Original caption: USS Arizona burns at Pearl Harbor after Japanese attack. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of USS Arizona Exploding Fiercely at Pearl Harbor after Japanese Attack

Original caption: USS Arizona explodes fiercely at Pearl Harbor after Japanese attack. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the USS Nevada after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The USS Nevada (BB36) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. Moving to position away from enflamed ships. Foreground salvage and rescue tugs gun crews in action. ... more

Photograph of the USS California after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The USS California (BB44) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. Abandoning ship. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the USS Shaw in Floating Drydock after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The USS Shaw (DD373) in floating drydock after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the USS Oglala Capsized and Sinking after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The USS Oglala (CM4) capsized and sinking after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the USS Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The USS Arizona (BB39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the Capsized USS Utah and the USS Raleigh in the Background after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The capsized USS Utah (AG16), and the USS Raleigh (CL7) in the background after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of t... more

Photograph of the Capsized USS Oklahoma and the USS Maryland after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The capsized USS Oklahoma (BB37) and the USS Maryland (BB46) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941 General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the USS Arizona, the USS Tennessee, and the USS West Virginia after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: Left to right, the USS Arizona (BB39), the USS Tennessee (BB43), and the USS West Virginia (BB45), after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photograph... more

Photograph of the Capsized USS Oklahoma and the USS Maryland after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The capsized USS Oklahoma (BB37) and the USS Maryland (BB46) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941 General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of USS Arizona on Fire after Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. USS Arizona (BB39) afire. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of USS California after the Pearl Harbor Attack

Original caption: USS California (BB 44) lists in the harbor at Pearl Harbor, T.H., Dec. 7 1941, after the Japanese attack. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the USS West Virginia and the USS Tennessee after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The USS West Virginia (BB45) and the USS Tennessee (BB43) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the USS Phoenix after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The USS Phoenix (CL46) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

U.S. Navy tug raises one of eight Jap 'miget subs'

Divers and crewmen of the U.S. Navy seagoing tug Ortolan fasten midget Japanese submarine to the side of their ship.

A back view of the guests attending the ceremony aboard the USS ARIZONA Memorial commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Dan R. Stanley Release Status: Released to Pu... more

A Marine honor guard fires a salute from the mooring block where the battleship USS ARIZONA (BB-39) was tied up during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The honor guard is taking part in ceremonies commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Japanese attack

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: JOCS John D. Burlage Release Status: Released to ... more

Aerial view of Pearl Harbor with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) visible in the center. The USS ARIZONA Memorial is visible to the left

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHAN Watts Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Servi... more

An aerial view of Pearl Harbor with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) visible to the left, bottom, and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) visible to the right

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Bennett Release Status: Released to Public Co... more

Aerial view of Pearl Harbor with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) visible to the left and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) visible to the right

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Bennett Release Status: Released to Public Co... more

An aerial view of Pearl Harbor with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) visible to the bottom left and the USS ARIZONA Memorial to the right

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Bennett Release Status: Released to Public Co... more

Members of Fleet Imaging Command Pacific view the USS NEVADA Memorial Plaque at Hospital Point before Remembrance Day ceremonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii(HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: JOC(Aw) Gloria Montgomery Release Status: Released... more

A scale model of the USS ARIZONA is displayed at the USS ARIZONA Memorial Visitors Center, where surviving Arizona crew members are honored during Rememberance Day ceremonies. The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii(HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Chet King Release Status: Released to Public C... more

USS ARIZONA crew member Frances M. Falge gazes at USS ARIZONA Memorial wall engraved with the names of his shipmates who perished during Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. He and other USS ARIZONA survivors are on a private tour of the memorial following 50th anniversary Remembrance Day ceremonies

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Station, Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii(HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHCM Terry C. Mitchell Release Stat... more

USS ARIZONA crew member Frances M. Falge gazes at USS ARIZONA Memorial wall engraved with the names of his shipmates who perished during Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. He and other USS ARIZONA survivors are on a private tour of the memorial following 50th anniversary Remembrance Day ceremonies

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Station, Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii(HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHCM Terry C. Mitchell Release Stat... more

An officer aboard the guided missile cruiser USS CHOSIN (CG-65) salutes as his ship passes the USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL during an observance commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii(HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Brad Dillon Release Status: Released to Public... more

Crew members man the rails aboard the guided missile cruiser USS CHOSIN (CG-65) as the ship passes the USS ARIZONA Memorial during an observance commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii(HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Brad Dillon Release Status: Released to Public... more

Crew members man the rails aboard the guided missile cruiser USS CHOSIN (CG-65) as the vessel moves past the USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL. The CHOSIN is taking part in an observance commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii(HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Rich Oriez Release Status: Released to Public ... more

Sideboys salute as President George Bush and Mrs. Bush depart from the USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL following an observance commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii(HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Chet King Release Status: Released to Public C... more

Guests watch as the national ensign is raised above the USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL during an observance commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii(HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Chet King Release Status: Released to Public C... more

Marines and sailors aboard the amphibious command ship USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) take part in the Pearl Harbor 50th Anniversary Memorial Service being held aboard the ship

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Station, Subic Bay State: Luzon Country: Philippines(PHL) Scene Camera Operator: ENS J. R. Hilton Release Status: Released to Public Combi... more

US Marines fold an American Flag during the Burial at Sea Ceremony for Norman W. Coplin, Frank M. Campbell and James W. Green during the Pearl Harbor Commemoration Day Ceremony. The Ceremony honors some of those who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor and is held on the USS ARIZONA Memorial Pearl Harbor HI

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PO2 David C. Duncan Release Status: Released to P... more

Survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr. V.C. Clinnard and Mr. Hank A. Lachenmayer pose for a photograph at the at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, Pearl Harbor, HI. Both men were onboard the USS MARYLAND during the Pearl Harbor attack

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PO3 Scott J. Runyan Release Status: Released to P... more

The US Navy (USN) USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Michael Chambers, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more