Pearl Harbor Attack Aftermath

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941. The Japanese managed to destroy or damage nearly 20 naval vessels, including eight battleships, and over 300 airplanes. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan thus marking U.S. entry into World War II.

These archived photos show the damage.This is one of a collection of photographs of salvage operations at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard taken by the shipyard during the period following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which initiated US participation in World War II. The photographs are found in a number of files in several shipyard records series.











Naval photograph documenting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii which initiated US participation in World War II. Navy’s caption: The sunken battleship USS CALIFORNIA after being hit by the Japanese during their sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. This photograph was originally taken by a Naval photographer immediately after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but came to be filed in a writ of application for habeas corpus case (number 298) tried in the US District Court, District of Hawaii in 1944. The case, In Re Lloyd C. Duncan related to imposition of martial law in Hawaii during World War II.



USS Arizona (BB39) Foremast structure, conning tower, and top of turret #2, 02/17/1942



USS Oklahoma (BB37)- Salvage, 3-19-43; 1572-43; View from ahead with ship in 90 degree position




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