Pearl Harbor: December 7, 1941

I recently had the opportunity to go to Hawaii for the first time. While the beaches and scenery are magnificent, I most wanted to visit Pearl Harbor. It just so happened that I visited on a Sunday, the same day of the week that the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941. I arrived early before the museum opened and, by coincidence, ended up taking the ferry from the main museum site to the USS Arizona Memorial at the same time as the Japanese planes arrived over Pearl Harbor - just before 8:00 a.m. My ferry boat, manned by enlisted sailors in today's navy, stopped in the middle of the harbor to observe "Colors" that play daily at 8:00 a.m. across the Navy. The playing of our national anthem could clearly be heard from the naval base nearby. The weather this day was just as it was on December 7, 1941. And, again by coincidence, a small airplane similar in size to the Japanese aircraft that arrived over Pearl Harbor that day flew above, eerily suggesting what it must have looked like on that fateful morning. History has a way of reminding us of the past in moments like this. Below are some photographs that struck me during my visit to this monumental site in our nation's history.

December 7, 1941
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu 

Attack Force
Japanese Aircraft Carrier
Morning of Attack

And They Came
Japanese Aircraft Carrier

Kamikaze Pilots
December 7, 1941

Gun Sight, U.S. Navy
Pearl Harbor

Iconic Air Traffic Control Tower
Hickam Field

Bullet Holes Can Still Be Seen Today
Hangar, Hickman Field

Pierced Glass, Hangar Door

Hickam Field

USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

Subsequent Generations Remember

Weather Was Similar on Morning of December 7, 1941

Gun Turret
USS Arizona

Oil Still Leaks from USS Arizona Today
77 Years Later

In Memory of Those Who Died
USS Arizona Memorial

"Why Them and Not Me?"

"Acts of Heroism..."

From FDR Fireside Chat
December 9, 1941

How December 7, 1941 Came to Live in "Infamy"

FDR changes "world history" to "infamy" in his edits to his speech to Congress following the attack


Civilians Died, Too
This pretty girl reminded me of my daughter

Survivor
USS Pennsylvania

Point of Japanese Surrender
Deck of USS Missouri

September 2, 1945

Resting Place for Many Who Died Across the Pacific

Honolulu

Cemetery

Acaia Trees Enfold the Gravestones

"Unknown," USS Arizona

Unknown But Not Forgotten

A Penny for Your Name

Unknown

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