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20 Historical Photos After the Attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941

World War II | September 28, 2015

December 7, 1941, the day Japan launched a surprise military attack with 353 fighter, torpedo and bomber planes, torpedo planes against the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The strike killed 2,403 Americans and left 1,178 others wounded. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt called it a “date which will live in infamy.” It was a sad, horrid time.

Below is a collection of photographs taken by LIFE photographer Bob Landry in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor:

Exposed wreckage of the American battleship U.S.S. Arizona, most of which is now resting at the bottom of Pearl Harbor following a surprise Japanese strike on Dec. 7, 1941.

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B-17 Bomber planes, December 1941.

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Vice Admiral Joseph "Bull" Reeves in Waikiki Beach, December 1941.

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A rally at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, men volunteering for Pearl Harbor, December 1941.

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A poster at the Brooklyn Navy Yard warning people to be vigilant, December 1941.

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The Brooklyn Navy Yard by night, 1941.

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A Naval officer — dwarfed by the vessel in his view — at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1941.

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A worker taking his break at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1941.

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One of the earliest vessels on display at the Brooklyn Navy Yard: the Intelligent Whale, a 19th-century hand-cranked submarine.

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A hastily built defense bunker, Hawaii, early 1942.

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Training with gas masks in Hawaii, early 1942.

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American troops in Hawaii, days after the Pearl Harbor attack.

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Troops in Hawaii, early 1942.

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Men digging a defensive trench in Hawaii, post-Pearl Harbor, December 1941.

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Troops shore up defenses in Hawaii in the weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack.

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Post-Pearl Harbor training and patrol in Hawaii, early 1942.

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Young defenders sitting beside a mounted machine gun, Hawaii, December 1941.

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Aboard an American warship, Pearl Harbor, early 1942.

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A sailor writes a message to America's fighting men from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations on a warship at Pearl Harbor. "Your conduct and action have been splendid. While you have suffered from a treacherous attack, your commander-in-chief has informed me that your courage and stamina remain magnificent. You know you will have your revenge. Recruiting stations are jammed with men eager to join you."

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An American warship's crew shows its spirit, Pearl Harbor, early 1942.

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