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    Default Dec 7th, 1941.



    Chart showing the positions of ships inside Pearl Harbor at the time of the Japanese Attack, at about 0800 on 7 December.

    The orientation of the compass direction arrow in the chart's center is turned approximately 45 degrees too far in a counterclockwise direction. Some of the ships moored in "nests" in the northern part of the harbor are listed in incorrect order.



    Kaga (Japanese Aircraft Carrier, 1921-1942)

    Steams through heavy north Pacific seas, en route to attack Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, circa early December 1941.



    Japanese naval aircraft prepare to take off from an aircraft carrier (reportedly Shokaku) to attack Pearl Harbor during the morning of 7 December 1941. Plane in the foreground is a "Zero" Fighter.

    This is probably the launch of the second attack wave.

    The original photograph was captured on Attu in 1943



    The Commanding Officer of the Japanese aircraft carrier Shokaku watches as planes take off to attack Pearl Harbor, during the morning of 7 December 1941.

    The Kanji inscription at left is an exhortation to pilots to do their duty.



    A Japanese Navy "Zero" fighter (tail code A1-108) takes off from the aircraft carrier Akagi, on its way to attack Pearl Harbor during the morning of 7 December 1941.



    A Japanese Navy Type 97 Carrier Attack Plane ("Kate") takes off from a carrier as the second wave attack is launched.



    Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance.



    Panorama view of Pearl Harbor, during the Japanese raid, with anti-aircraft shell bursts overhead.

    The photograph looks southwesterly from the hills behind the harbor.



    Torpedo planes attack "Battleship Row" at about 0800 on 7 December, seen from a Japanese aircraft. Ships are, from lower left to right: Nevada (BB-36) with flag raised at stern; Arizona (BB-39) with Vestal (AR-4) outboard; Tennessee (BB-43) with West Virginia (BB-48) outboard; Maryland (BB-46) with Oklahoma (BB-37) outboard; Neosho (AO-23) and California (BB-44).

    West Virginia, Oklahoma and California have been torpedoed, as marked by ripples and spreading oil, and the first two are listing to port. Torpedo drop splashes and running tracks are visible at left and center. White smoke in the distance is from Hickam Field. Grey smoke in the center middle distance is from the torpedoed USS Helena (CL-50), at the Navy Yard's 1010 dock.

    Japanese writing in lower right states that the image was reproduced by authorization of the Navy Ministry.



    The forward magazines of USS Arizona (BB-39) explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb, 7 December 1941.

    Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board USS Solace (AH-5).



    USS Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning furiously, 7 December 1941.



    Sailors in a motor launch rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken USS West Virginia (BB-48) during or shortly after the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor. USS Tennessee (BB-43) is inboard of the sunken battleship.



    USS Maryland (BB-46) alongside the capsized USS Oklahoma (BB-37).

    USS West Virginia (BB-48) is burning in the background.



    The forward magazine of USS Shaw (DD-373) explodes during the second Japanese attack wave.



    Planes and hangars burning at Wheeler Army Air Field, Oahu, soon after it was attacked in the morning of 7 December 1941, as seen from a Japanese Navy plane.



    View from Pier 1010, looking toward the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard's drydocks



    The wrecked destroyers USS Downes (DD-375) and USS Cassin (DD-372) in Drydock One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, soon after the end of the Japanese air attack.



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    PR-105 Japanese midget submarine beached at Bellows on the windward side of Oahu.



    The U.S. Flag flies over Hickam Field after the attack.



    A wrecked Army Air Corps B17C near Hangar #5 Hickam Field, that arrived from California during the attack



    A Shot for Posterity -- The USS Ward's number three gun and its crew-cited for firing the first shot the day of Japan's raid on Hawaii. Operating as part of the inshore patrol early in the morning of December 7, 1941, this destroyer group spotted a submarine outside Pearl Harbor, opened fire and sank her.



    Three civilians were killed in this shrapnel-riddled car by a bomb dropped from a Japanese plane eight miles from Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. The attack took place in a residential district, near no military objective.

    Note: The above information is entirely from the original December 1941 caption.

    The actual circumstances: The occupants of the automobile were members of the McCabe family. They lost their lives when a U.S. five-inch anti-aircraft shell exploded nearby while they were driving through Honolulu, en route to their workplaces at Pearl Harbor.



    Photograph of the western side of Ford Island and ships in moorings offshore, taken from a Japanese Navy plane during the attack.

    Ships are (from left to right):
    USS Detroit (CL-8);
    USS Raleigh (CL-7), listing to port after being hit by one torpedo;
    USS Utah (AG-16), capsized after being hit by two torpedoes; and
    USS Tangier (AV-8),



    Marines armed with Springfield 03 rifles take up positions at Ewa Marine Corps Air Station



    FDR delivers the "War Message" on December 8, 1941 to a joint session of Congress.



    Imperial Japanese Navy Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.



    Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, USN (1884-1941)

    Commander Battleship Division ONE and Chief of Staff to Commander, Battleships, Battle Force. On 7 December 1941, he was killed in action on board Arizona during the Pearl Harbor Raid. Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Pearl Harbor attack.



    Captain Franklin Van Valkenburgh, USN

    Who was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for devotion to duty and courage while serving as Commanding Officer of USS Arizona (BB-39) during the 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor.



    Commander Samuel Glenn Fuqua, USN

    Who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism and distinguished conduct in action while serving on board USS Arizona (BB-39) during the 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor.



    Captain Mervyn Sharp Bennion, USN

    Who was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for devotion to duty and courage during the Pearl Harbor attack, 7 December 1941, while serving as Commanding Officer of USS West Virginia (BB-48).



    Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John William Finn, USN

    Who was awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service during the 7 December 1941 Japanese air attack on Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay, Oahu,



    Ensign Francis C. Flaherty, USNR

    Who was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for conspicuous devotion to duty and extraordinary courage on board USS Oklahoma (BB-37) during the 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor.



    Chief Boatswain Edwin Joseph Hill, USN

    Who was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for heroism while serving on board USS Nevada (BB-36) during the 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor.



    Ensign Herbert C. Jones, USNR

    Portrait by Mrs. H.E. Ogden Campbell, a New York artist, who presented it to the Midshipmen's School, Johnson Hall, N.Y., 25 April 1944.

    Ensign Jones graduated with the first Midshipmen class to be trained aboard USS Prairie State (IX-15) in 1940. He was killed in action on board USS California (BB-44) during the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his conduct at that time. He is depicted here wearing that and other medals awarded posthumously.



    Chief Radioman Thomas James Reeves, USN

    Who was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for heroism while serving on board USS California (BB-44) during the 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor.



    Lieutenant Donald Kirby Ross, USN

    Portrait photograph, taken circa 1944.

    He is wearing the ribbon for the Medal of Honor, which he received for heroism while serving on board USS Nevada (BB-36) during the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.



    Captain Donald Kirby Ross, USN (Retired)

    Speaking at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1991, during ceremonies marking the 50th Anniversary of the Japanese air raid there.

    Captain Ross is wearing the Medal of Honor he received for heroism while serving on board USS Nevada (BB-36) during the attack.



    Machinist's Mate First Class Robert R. Scott, USN

    Who was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for heroism while serving on board USS California (BB-44) during the 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor.



    Chief Watertender Peter Tomich, USN

    Who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism on board USS Utah (AG-16) during the 7 December 1941 Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor.



    Seaman First Class James Richard Ward, USN

    Who was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for conspicuous devotion to duty and extraordinary courage on board USS Oklahoma (BB-37) during the 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor.



    Commander Cassin Young, USN

    Who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism and distinguished conduct in action while serving as Commanding Officer of USS Vestal (AR-4) during the 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor.



    Doris Miller, Mess Attendant Second Class, USN (1919-1943)

    Just after being presented with the Navy Cross by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, on board USS Enterprise (CV-6) at Pearl Harbor, 27 May 1942.

    The medal was awarded for heroism on board USS West Virginia (BB-48) during the Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941. Missing in Action after torpedo struck the the USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56), 24 November, 1943

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    Outstanding thread.

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    Doris Miller should have won the Medal of Honor....f[*******"#000000"]u[/COLOR]cking segregation.

    A sad day in America's History...Semper Fi and Rest In Peace to those we lost....

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    Thank you so much for posting the photos.. this thread is great!

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    Thanks for posting Aclark.

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    I made a point to listen to FDR's 'infamy' speech and a few radio broadcasts today.
    Seems like it happened a million years ago in a different country, I dont mean that in a bad way at all, just hard to imagine I suppose.

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    Wish there was a 'thank button', quality post!

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    this thread is solid gold. Thanks for posting

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    Thanks for posting, very interresting photos!

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    How about an anniversary bump.

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    Thank you for posting. It's Rare that this day is remembered.


    RIP to all that day.

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    "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."
    - Fleet Admiral Isoruko Yamamoto upon hearing the Attack on Pearl Harbor went in Before Japans declaration of war was given. He rightly figured that nothing more would enrage the American people more.

    Yamamoto was ambushed by 7 P-38 Lightnings and shot down on 18 April 1943 over New Guinea

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