On December 7, 1941 Imperial Japan launched a surprise attack on the military installations on the island of Oahu, most notably the massive naval base Pearl Harbor.
The US Naval base is taken by surprise as the first torpedoes strike Battleship Row.
Within 45 minutes US warships are able to man their anti aircraft guns and begin to return fire.
Planes and hangars burning at Wheeler Army Air Field, just after being attacked, as seen from a Japanese Plane.
Note the oil pouring out of Battleship Row
USS Maryland BB-46 view taken at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 during the Japanese Attack, with USS Oklahoma BB-37 capsized alongside and USS Tennessee BB-43 in background.
USS Arizona BB-39
USS Tennessee BB-43
USS West Virginia BB-48
USS Tennessee BB-43 inboard of USS West Virginia - fighting fire started by debris and flaming oil from USS Arizona. Sinking USS West Virginia wedged USS Tennessee against two massive concrete piers and she could not move. Hit several times by bombs - USS Tennessee's two concrete piers were demolished by dynamite and were cleared away by 16 December.
Streaming from shattered fuel tanks, oil turned parts of Pearl Harbor into a sea of flame, following the Japanese attacks. This picture was taken from near the Naval Air Station boat landing. Barely visible through the smoke are a damaged US Battleship and the capsized USS Oklahoma.
View taken on the parade ground of the Marine Barracks, between 0930 and 1030, 7 December 1941. Note water towers in background, sailors on right, and AA gun being set up (center).
Officers and Sailors pull together to move a damaged sea plan away from another that is burning as a result of an early morning surprise attack by Japanese Planes.
US Naval Sea Plane Base, Kaneohe, HI. Sailors man together to move a lightly damaged PBY-5 sea plane away from another that is burning as a result of an early morning attack by Japanese planes.
Under salvage after the attack of 7 DEC 1941. Salvage pontoons in use include YSP-13.
Aerial shot of Battleship Row three days after attack. Top to bottom: capsized USS Oklahoma lies next to USS Maryland; USS West Virginia, awash, next to USS Tennessee; and USS Arizona, destroyed. Note oil streams from sunken and damaged ships.
Curator: Philip R Byrd