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A small boat rescues a USS West Virginia crew member from the water after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 during World War II. Two men can be seen on the superstructure, upper center. The mast of the USS Tennessee is beyond the burning West Virginia. (AP Photo)
A small boat rescues a USS West Virginia crew member from the water after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 during World War II. Two men can be seen on the superstructure, upper center. The mast of the USS Tennessee is beyond the burning West Virginia. (AP Photo)
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Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941: Rare Photographs & Video

PortandTerminal.com, December 6, 2020

OAHU, HAWAII – This December 7th is the 79th anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack and bombing of Pearl Harbor – the event that drew America into the Second World War.

The Pearl Harbor attack killed 2,403 Americans — about the same number who die daily now in this country 79 years later from COVID-19.

As we grapple with our own deadly test of our courage and resolve in the face of an invisible viral enemy, let’s look back with respect at the bravery with which the generation who proceeded us handled their own trial by fire. Would they be equally proud of our conduct in the face of great adversity as we are of theirs?

Protestors demonstrate against COVID-19 restrictions
Protestors demonstrate against COVID-19 restrictions 79 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor

The attack on Pearl Harbor

The attack commenced at 7:48 a.m. The base was attacked by 353 Imperial Japanese aircraft in two waves spaced 45 minutes apart and launched from six aircraft carriers. Of the eight U.S. Navy battleships present, all were damaged, with four sunk. All but USS Arizona were later raised, and six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war.

At 9:45 a.m., just two hours after the start of the attack, it was over. The Japanese pilots returned to their carriers and sailed away in triumph. A total of 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded.

Aircraft prepare to launch from the Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier Akagi
Aircraft prepare to launch from the Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier Akagi during the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (National Archives)
A Japanese bomber, its diving flaps down, was photographed by a U.S. Navy photographer as the plane approached its Pearl Harbor objective on December 7.
A Japanese bomber, its diving flaps down, was photographed by a U.S. Navy photographer as the plane approached its Pearl Harbor objective on December 7.
Aerial view of the initial blows struck against American ships, as seen from a Japanese plane over Pearl Harbor.
Aerial view of the initial blows struck against American ships, as seen from a Japanese plane over Pearl Harbor.
American ships burn during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941.
American ships burn during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941.

The forward magazine of USS SHAW (DD-373) explodes during the second Japanese attack wave.
The forward magazine of USS SHAW (DD-373) explodes during the second Japanese attack wave. Footage of this explosion can be seen in the video below at about 2:16. Naval History and Heritage Command NH 86118.
This footage of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was shot by CWO4 Clyde Daughtry. The original footage has since been lost, and the poor quality of this footage is due to the fact that it is a copy.
United States Navy planes and a hangar burn at the Ford Island Naval Air Station’s seaplane base.
United States Navy planes and a hangar burn at the Ford Island Naval Air Station’s seaplane base.
Sailors stand among wrecked airplanes at Ford Island Naval Air Station
Sailors stand among wrecked airplanes at Ford Island Naval Air Station as they watch the explosion of the USS Shaw in the background, during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941.
The battleship USS West Virginia is seen afire after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. (AP Photo)
Black smoke rises from the burning wrecks of several U.S. Navy battleships after they had been bombed during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor
Black smoke rises from the burning wrecks of several U.S. Navy battleships after they had been bombed during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. (AP Photo)

Victims

The wreckage of a drug store smolders at Waikiki after attack by Japanese planes, Dec. 7 1941. (AP Photo)AP
The wreckage of a drug store smolders at Waikiki after attack by Japanese planes, Dec. 7 1941. (AP Photo)AP

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, eight miles from Pearl Harbor, shrapnel from a Japanese bomb riddled this car and killed three civilians in the attack of December 7, 1941. Two of the victims can be seen in the front seat. The Navy reported there was no nearby military target.
sailors honor men killed during the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Naval Air Station Kaneohe, Oahu.
Following Hawaiian tradition, sailors honor men killed during the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Naval Air Station Kaneohe, Oahu. The casualties had been buried on December 8. This ceremony took place sometime during the following months.
American troops bury the body a crashed Japanese lieutenant with military honors.
American troops bury the body a crashed Japanese lieutenant with military honors.
IMAGE: AP
An American Seaman looks at the charred corpse of a Japanese flier brought up from the bottom of Pearl Harbor where he crashed with his burning plane during the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941 in Hawaii. (AP Photo)
Ruth Lee, hostess at a Miami Chinese restaurant, seen Dec. 15, 1941, doesn’t want to be mistaken for Japanese when she sunbathes on her days off, and brings along a Chinese flag. Miss Lee is actually American-born. (AP Photo)ASSOCIATED PRESS

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