Pearl Harbor - A Day That Will Live In Infamy

Updated on Dec 07, 2021. Originally added on Dec 07, 2017 by Kathy Pinna
On Sunday, December 7th 1941, the Japanese nation launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, a U.S. naval base in Hawaii. On Monday December 8th, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress, calling the attack "a date which will live in infamy". An hour later Congress declared war on Japan - thus entering World War 2 and a war against all the Axis powers.

The Japanese attack began at 7:48am Hawaiian time and lasted for 7 hours. 353 Japanese fighter planes were launched from 6 aircraft carriers. 8 U.S. battleships, 3 cruisers, 3 destroyers, 1 mine layer, and an anti-aircraft training ship were sunk or damaged. (Six of the battleships were later repaired and went on to fight in the war.) 188 U.S. aircraft were also destroyed and 2,043 Americans were killed while 1,178 were wounded. The Japanese lost 29 aircraft, 5 midget submarines, and 64 men. The attack was later declared a war crime since it was launched without warning or a declaration of war.

These are photos from the actual attack.

Pearl Harbor - A Day That Will Live In Infamy

Honoring those who died

Pearl Harbor Memorial 1941

Fellow sailors at a memorial for those killed at Pearl Harbor, 1941. RIP

Strafed by a Japanese plane

Pearl Harbor Civilians Killed

Three civilians were killed in their car when they were attacked by a plane.

USS Oklahoma

Pearl Harbor, Hawaiian Islands

429 men died on the Oklahoma. While she was later salvaged, she was too damaged to return to service.


USS Arizona

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

1177 men died when a bomb hit a powder magazine. She still lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor.

Wreckage of the Arizona

Wreckage of USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor

Rescue efforts

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Rescuing a seaman from the USS West Virginia.

Hickam Field Ordnance Shop

Hickam Field Ordnance Shop, December 7 1941

A pursuit ship (plane) damaged in the attack.


USS West Virginia

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii USS West Virginia

On 17 May 1942, she was salvaged, repaired in Puget Sound Navy Yard, and went on to fight in World War II.

USS Shaw (on fire)

Pearl Harbor naval base, 1941

Within a few months after the attack, she was repaired and went on to win 11 battlestars in WW II.

Another view of the USS Shaw

Pearl Harbor bombing, USS Shaw

Japanese plane

Pearl Harbor bombing

Trailing smoke, this plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire and was one of the 29 planes downed.

Downed Japanese plane

Hickam Field, Pearl Harbor Bombing 1941

At Hickam Field, Pearl Harbor.

Several ships hit at dock

Pearl Harbor bombing

Click on the photo to see a list of the ships shown in this photo.

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