• Vicki Ekmark

Pearl Harbor-Then and Now

Updated: Feb 19

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On December 7th, people will gather at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember those killed in the early morning raid over 75 years ago. They will pay homage to the thousands who died with a solemn ceremony commemorating the surprise bombing that plunged the U.S. into World War II.

The Japanese assault began around 8 a.m., resulting in the deaths of 2,403 Americans, numerous injuries, the sinking of four battleships, and damage to many more. Surprised U.S. service members who normally would have slept in on that Sunday morning or enjoyed some recreation found themselves fighting for their lives.

In 2013, the US Navy remembered the "day of infamy" with a series of photo illustrations overlaying scenes from that horrifying date with present-day photos. Here's what Pearl Harbor looked like then and now.

The Mahan-class destroyer USS Shaw explodes in the background.
Defenders on Ford Island watch for planes.

The battleship USS California burns in the foreground as the battleship USS Arizona burns in the background.

Defenders on Ford Island watch for planes.

Sailors on Ford Island look on as the destroyer USS Shaw explodes.

A view of the historic Ford Island control tower from 1941. The tower was once used to guide airplanes at the airfield on the island. It is now an aviation library.

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