Rare and Unseen Pics After Pearl Harbor

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Big Peace
7 Dec 2013

Exactly 72 years ago today, Japan launched more than 350 fighters, bombers, and torpedo planes against the U.S. naval base in Hawaii–a “date which will live in infamy,” in the words of President Franklin Roosevelt. In fact, that Sunday morning is so seared into America’s memory that the tumult of the weeks and months afterward is often overlooked. Here, on the 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor, LIFE.com presents rare and unpublished photos from Hawaii and the mainland, chronicling a nation’s answer to an unprecedented act of war…

 

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In this U.S. Navy file photo, a small boat rescues a USS West Virginia crew member from the water after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 during World War II. Two men can be seen on the superstructure, upper center. The mast of the USS Tennessee is beyond the burning West Virginia. On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese Imperial Navy navigator Takeshi Maeda guided his Kate bomber to Pearl Harbor and fired a torpedo that helped sink the USS West Virginia. President Barack Obama on Thursday Dec. 6, 2012 issued a proclamation declaring Dec. 7 a day of remembrance in honor of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor. He urged federal agencies, organizations and others to fly their flags at half-staff. (AP Photo, File)

In this U.S. Navy file photo, a small boat rescues a USS West Virginia crew member from the water after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 during World War II. Two men can be seen on the superstructure, upper center. The mast of the USS Tennessee is beyond the burning West Virginia. On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese Imperial Navy navigator Takeshi Maeda guided his Kate bomber to Pearl Harbor and fired a torpedo that helped sink the USS West Virginia.  (AP Photo, File)

 

 

 Bob Landry—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Not published in LIFE. The exposed wreckage of the battleship USS Arizona. Read more: Pearl Harbor: Photos From the Pacific and the Home Front After Dec. 7 | LIFE.com http://life.time.com/history/pearl-harbor-rare-photos-from-the-pacific-and-the-home-front-1941-1942/#ixzz2mqxyYf8T


Not published in LIFE. The exposed wreckage of the battleship USS Arizona.  Bob Landry—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

 

 
Update: Barack Obama Marks Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day With A Picture Of . . . Barack Obama…

 

 

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