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Then comes the bitter aftermath, and America’s first dark days of struggle in the great, wide Pacific, where the fury began and as Admiral Nimitz related, “uncommon valor became a common virtue,” inspiring a nation. In reading this history we learn anew why the words sacrifice, love, faith, patriotism, and “Remember Pearl Harbor,” will forever reverberate through American history…
Thomas B. Fargo
Admiral, USN (Ret)
U.S. Pacific Command
The Matson Lines' SS Lurline arrives in San Francisco on 25 January 1933,
SS Cynthia Olson, American flag-bearing merchantman, left Tacoma,
On 3 December 1941, the 5,642-ton Matson Line freighter, SS Lahaina,
left Ahukini, Kauai,
Heavy cruiser Pensacola (CA-24) underway at sea, in her pre-World War II paint, September 1935. She was the Task Group 15.5 guide and command ship, underway from Pearl Harbor, 29 November 1941, leading the gunboat Niagra (PG-52), and Convoy 4002, seven heavily loaded ships, bound for Manila, Philippines. NHHC
The gunboat Niagra (PG-52) entering Pearl Harbor, 31 March 1942. She was
Light cruiser Louisville (CL-28) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 May 1942. Command ship underway from Manila to Honolulu escorting the SS President Coolidge and US Army Transport General Hugh L. Scott. NA
The Presidents Line’s SS President Coolidge photographed before
US Army Transport General Hugh L. Scott, formerly the
Douglas Dauntless SBD-3 scout bombers from Scouting Squadron Six (VS-6)
Two Pan American Airways Boeing B-314s airborne over the Pacific. In this photograph
One Pan Am Martin M-130 was airborne over the Pacific. This image is of the
One Pan Am Sikorsky S-42 Clipper on the water in Hong Kong Harbor. In this image
Aerial photo of Pearl Harbor, home of the Pacific Fleet. View is to the south, beyond the harbor entrance, October 1941. Two of six military airfields visible in the photo. Upper center-left,
Japanese fighters, later in the war called Zekes or Zeroes by Americans, warm up their engines for launch. Lead plane is Lt. Saburo Shindo’s Zeke on the carrier Akagi’s flight deck. NPSAM
Japanese Navy Type 99 (Val) dive bombers prepare to take off from an aircraft carrier during
Japanese Navy Type 97 (Kate) torpedo bomber on take-off roll from the aircraft
Japanese Commander Mitsuo Fuchida,
Imperial Japanese Submarine I-26 became one of the most
Japanese submarine I-70, after sustaining damage in a pre-war collision. IJN
Battleship Arizona's forward magazine violently explodes after she was struck by a 1,765-lb, Japanese, armor-piercing bomb. At far left is the bow of the repair ship Vestal, moored eight
A fireboat pours water onto the burning, sinking battleship West Virginia following the attack
This image is of Captain Mervyn S. Bennion, Captain of the West Virginia. Born on May 5, 1887 in Vernon, Utah, he attended the US Naval Academy. He posthumously received the Medal
Doris Miller, Mess Attendant 2nd Class, on the West Virginia, after being presented
Heavy cruiser New Orleans (CA-32) underway during exercises in Hawaiian waters, 8 July 1942. The words and actions of her chaplain and crew, and other ships' crewmembers who voluntarily came aboard her during the Japanese attack, later inspired an entire nation. NA
Light cruiser St. Louis (CL-49) and her crew were unsung heroes during the attack on Pearl Harbor and its 24-day aftermath; command ship for task groups leading Convoys 2005 and 4032.
The destroyer Monaghan (DD-354) rammed, depth charged, and sunk a Japanese midget submarine in the harbor’s Middle Loch, west of Ford Island, the morning of 7 December 1941.
This small band of courageous Army Air Force fighter pilots flying P-40s and P-36s took to the air against overwhelming odds. Photograph taken 17 December 1941, in front of a P-36. Left to right: 2nd Lt. Harry W. Brown, 2nd Lt. Philip M. Rasmmussen, 2nd Lt. Kenneth M. Taylor, 2nd Lt. George S. Welch, and 1st Lt. Lewis M. Sanders. UHHL
Six P-40s in formation, based at Wheeler Field,
Photograph of a lone US Army Air Force P-36 from Oahu's
Captain (USN) Lee S. Border, USNA Class of 1905 (center), and his two sons, Ensigns Robert
The battleship USS Tennessee (BB-43), Underway, 27 September 1939,
Mary Joleen “Joey” Border, Navy wife, July 1941
The attack on Pearl Harbor was a profoundly bitter surprise for an unprepared America. It was an earth shaking event in a chain of devastating events perpetrated by the twentieth century’s new totalitarians - the Axis powers of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and militarist Japan. This work revitalizes the cry, "Remember Pearl Harbor!" and records anew America’s entry into World War II, the deadly, never-to-be-ignored lessons totalitarians leave in the archives of history’s darkest hours.
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