On Dec. 7, 1941, the US Naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii suffered a devastating attack from the air and sea.
The Japanese assault began at 7:48 a.m., resulting in the death of 2,402 Americans, numerous injuries, the sinking of four battleships and damage to many more. Surprised US service members who normally may have slept in on that Sunday morning, or enjoyed some recreation, instead found themselves fighting for their lives.
Now, 76 years later, the US Navy is remembering the “day of infamy” with a series of photographs that compare scenes from that horrifying day to the present.
The battleship USS California burns in the foreground as the battleship USS Arizona burns in the background after the initial attack on Pearl Harbour.
A view of the historic Ford Island control tower from 1941. The tower was once used to guide aeroplanes at the airfield on the island and is now used as an aviation library.
The battleship USS Arizona burns in the background during the attack on Pearl Harbour as viewed from Ford Island.
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