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Attack on Pearl Harbor

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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
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.
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Wreckage of USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941

Wreckage of USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941

Official U.S. Navy photograph. No. 8967. Z 75685.

Pearl Harbor, Hawaiian Islands. 1941-42(?). The USS OKLAHOMA, lying capsized in the harbor following the Japanesee attack of December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor, Hawaiian Islands. 1941-42(?). The USS OKLAHOMA, lying ca...

No. W-PH-22-8973. U.S. Navy photograph. LC-USW33-38553. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

First U.S. Army Signal Corps photos of the bombing of Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941: remains of tent barracks after fire caused by attack of Japanese bombers. Wheeler Field

First U.S. Army Signal Corps photos of the bombing of Hawaii, Dec. 7, ...

Photo by USASC, SC-127034. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf. Now LOT 11710. World War, 1939-1945.

First Army photos of the bombing of Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. Smoke from Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field as seen from Kan Highway near John Rodgers Airport Road

First Army photos of the bombing of Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. Smoke from P...

Smoke behind field of sugar cane. Photoprint by U.S. Army Signal Corps. No. SC-127022. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

USS Arizona, at height of fire, following Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
[Pearl Harbor naval base and U.S.S. Shaw ablaze after the Japanese attack]

[Pearl Harbor naval base and U.S.S. Shaw ablaze after the Japanese att...

Title devised by Library staff. U.S. Navy photograph.

Seamen at Kaneohe Naval Air Station decorate the graves of their fellow sailors killed at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 / Official U.S. Navy photograph.

Seamen at Kaneohe Naval Air Station decorate the graves of their fello...

No. W-PH-42-11615. U.S. Navy photograph. Office of War Information Collection.

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

Photograph of the USS California after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Ha...

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

Photograph of the Capsized USS Oklahoma and the USS Maryland after the...

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

Photograph of the Capsized USS Oklahoma and the USS Maryland after the...

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 Vestal after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

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

Photograph of the Capsized USS Oklahoma and the USS Maryland after the...

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 California after the Pearl Harbor Attack

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

Photograph of the USS Arizona, the USS Tennessee, and the USS West Vir...

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

Photograph of the USS Oglala Capsized and Sinking after the Japanese A...

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 Shaw in Floating Drydock after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS Shaw in Floating Drydock after the Japanese Atta...

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 USS Arizona on Fire after Attack on Pearl Harbor

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 Arizona Burns at Pearl Harbor after Japanese Attack

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 the USS Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pea...

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

Photograph of the USS West Virginia and the USS Tennessee after the Ja...

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 Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pea...

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 Phoenix after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS Phoenix after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbo...

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

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

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 USS Arizona Exploding Fiercely at Pearl Harbor after Japanese Attack

Photograph of USS Arizona Exploding Fiercely at Pearl Harbor after Jap...

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

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

Photograph of the USS Arizona after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbo...

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 the USS Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pea...

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

Photograph of the Capsized USS Utah and the USS Raleigh in the Backgro...

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

Oakland, Calif., Mar. 1942. A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store, at 13th and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war

Oakland, Calif., Mar. 1942. A large sign reading "I am an American" pl...

Photograph shows the Wanto Co. store located at 401 - 403 Eighth and Franklin Streets in Oakland, California. The business was owned by the Matsuda family. Tatsuro Matsuda, a University of California graduate, ... more

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

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. Title transcribed from item. No. W-ES-102-51914. Official U.S. Navy photograph.

[Aerial photograph, taken by a Japanese pilot, of the destruction of Pearl Harbor, Japanese bomber in lower right foreground]

[Aerial photograph, taken by a Japanese pilot, of the destruction of P...

Title devised by Library staff. NEA Services photograph. Forms part of: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

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

A back view of the guests attending the ceremony aboard the USS ARIZON...

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

A Marine honor guard fires a salute from the mooring block where the b...

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

A low oblique aerial view of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, showing the gathering of ships on various nations for Operation RIM PAC '83. Ford Island Naval Air Station is in the center with the USS ARIZONA (BB 39) Memorial off center to the lower right. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) is tied up to the Naval Supply Center at the lower right center of the photo

A low oblique aerial view of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, showing the gatheri...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: RIM PAC '83 Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Bennett... 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

Aerial view of Pearl Harbor with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ...

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 bottom left and the USS ARIZONA Memorial to the right

An aerial view of Pearl Harbor with the nuclear-powered aircraft carri...

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

Aerial view of Pearl Harbor with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ...

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 left, bottom, and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) visible to the right

An aerial view of Pearl Harbor with the nuclear-powered aircraft carri...

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

Raymond Sandlin, center, an Army Air Corps survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, is interviewed by CHIEF Photographer's Mate Chet King of the Pacific Fleet Imaging Command while Sandlin's escort, PO1 F. Scott Wilson, right, looks on. Sandlin is listening to the music of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band as they play period tunes during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the USS ARIZONA Memorial Visitors Center commemorating the 50th anniversary of the bombing

Raymond Sandlin, center, an Army Air Corps survivor of the Dec. 7, 194...

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

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

Members of Fleet Imaging Command Pacific view the USS NEVADA Memorial ...

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

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

USS ARIZONA crew member Frances M. Falge gazes at USS ARIZONA Memorial...

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

USS ARIZONA crew member Frances M. Falge gazes at USS ARIZONA Memorial...

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

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

A scale model of the USS ARIZONA is displayed at the USS ARIZONA Memor...

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

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

Crew members man the rails aboard the guided missile cruiser USS CHOSI...

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

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

An officer aboard the guided missile cruiser USS CHOSIN (CG-65) salute...

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

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

Guests watch as the national ensign is raised above the USS ARIZONA ME...

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

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

Crew members man the rails aboard the guided missile cruiser USS CHOSI...

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

Sideboys salute as President George Bush and Mrs. Bush depart from the...

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

Marines and sailors aboard the amphibious command ship USS BLUE RIDGE ...

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

A view of the USS ARIZONA Memorial that spans the wreck of the sunken battleship USS ARIZONA (BB-39) alongside battleship row on the southeast side of Ford Island. The battleship ARIZONA was destroyed by a magazine explosion at 0805 on the morning of 7 December 1941 during the opening moments of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which brought Americas entry into the hostilities of World War II

A view of the USS ARIZONA Memorial that spans the wreck of the sunken ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery (USN Ret) Release Status: Relea... 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

US Marines fold an American Flag during the Burial at Sea Ceremony for...

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

Survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr. V.C. Clinnard and Mr. Han...

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 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

A US Navy (USN) Sailor mans the rails and renders honor to the Battleship ARIZONA (BB 39) Memorial as the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) pulls into Naval Station (NS) Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (HI). The REAGAN's first port visit to Hawaii comes in support of Operation UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia on December 26, 2004

A US Navy (USN) Sailor mans the rails and renders honor to the Battles...

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: PH3 Aaron Burden, Usn Release Stat... more

US Navy (USN) Sailors man the rails aboard the USN Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) (background), as the ship passes the USS ARIZONA (BB 39) Memorial as it enters the harbor at Naval Station (NS) Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (HI) for a scheduled port visit before the start of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006 Exercises. RIMPAC is the largest biennial maritime exercise that brings together military forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the US

US Navy (USN) Sailors man the rails aboard the USN Nimitz Class Aircra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MC1 Dennis C. Cantrell, USN Release Status: Relea... more

US Navy (USN) Sailors host the National ENSIGN aboard the USS ARIZONA (BB 63) Memorial, prior to a Re-enlistment/Independence Day Ceremony held on board, at Navy Base (NB) Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (HI)

US Navy (USN) Sailors host the National ENSIGN aboard the USS ARIZONA ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Arizona Memorial (BB 63) State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: JO1 Joaquin Juataii, USN Release ... more