Pearl Harbor Day: December 7, 1941 'A date which will live in infamy
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese surprise attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dubbed the attack as 'a date which will live in infamy,' and he couldn't have predicted it better. 71 years later, Americans vividly remember what happened on that fateful day .. .
The Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack on the US naval base in Hawaii killing 2,350 people.
The wreckage at Pearl Harbor was devastating. The USS Downes and USS Cassin are shown here soon after the end of the Japanese air attack. Cassin capsized onto the Downes .
The USS West Virginia burns as soldiers at the Pearl Harbor base fight back against the damage from the aerial attack .. But there was little to be done. American ships burn in the distance amidst the backdrop of the American flag.
The unharmed USS Phoenix steams down the channel off Ford's Island, passing the sunken and burning USS West Virginia. The channel was dubbed 'Battleship Row.
These 'Zero Fighter' planes were prepared and launched from a Japanese naval aircraft carrier, reportedly the ship called the 'Shokaku.' Planes were launched from this ship and sent to attack Pearl Harbor.
This panoramic view showcases the destruction of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Anti-aircraft shells burst overhead and large columns of smoke billow from the burning USS Arizona. This plane, piloted by Captain Raymond T. Swenson, flew to Hawaii from California during the raid. It was hit by a strafing attack after landing and burned in half
... alerting New York that Japan had attacked ... Source: Daily News, New York, USA.