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December 07, 2006

0755AM, December 7, 1941.

Air Raid Pearl Harbor. This is no drill.

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There are more pictures. I moved them below the fold into the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry to ease the burden on our dial-up visitors.

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Casualties
USA : 218 KIA, 364 WIA.
USN: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA.
USMC: 109 KIA, 69 WIA.
Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA.
TOTAL: 2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA.
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Battleships
USS Arizona (BB-39) - total loss when a bomb hit her magazine.
USS Oklahoma (BB-37) - Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor.
USS California (BB-44) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS West Virginia (BB-48) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS Nevada - (BB-36) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired.
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) - Light damage.
USS Maryland (BB-46) - Light damage.
USS Tennessee (BB-43) Light damage.
USS Utah (AG-16) - (former battleship used as a target) - Sunk.
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Cruisers
USS New Orleans(CA-32) - Light Damage..
USS San Francisco(CA38) - Light Damage.
USS Detroit(CL-8) - Light Damage.
USS Raleigh (CL-7) - Heavily damaged but repaired.
USS Helena(CL-50) - Light Damage.
USS Honolulu(CL-48) - Light Damage..
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Destroyers
USS Downes (DD-375) - Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Cassin - (DD-37 2) - Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Shaw (DD-373) - Very heavy damage.
USS Helm (DD-388) - Light Damage.
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Minelayer
USS Ogala (CM-4) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.
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Seaplane Tender
USS Curtiss (AV-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.
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Repair Ship
USS Vestal (AR-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.
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Harbor Tug
USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.
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Aircraft
188 Aircraft destroyed

Comments on 0755AM, December 7, 1941.
jim b briefed on December 7, 2006 08:27 AM

Being one of the fortunate thousands who have visited the Arizona Memorial, for me it was a touching experience. Looking down the long list of those killed, there was one guy with the same last name as me. It personalized the experience, as I looked down and watched the oil globules still coming to the top. My dad like thousands of others went down the following week to enlist. He picked the Navy. They told him .... you're too old Pops .. go home. So he did. Two weeks later he was drafted by the Army, and served in the Pacific in the 41st Infantry Division.

The second surprise attack on the USA was 911. Women and children murdered this time.

Makes you wonder when the next one will be.

PigBoatSailor briefed on December 7, 2006 08:49 AM

Apparently, we both got the same images sent to us...

PigBoatSailor briefed on December 7, 2006 08:50 AM

Apparently, we both got the same images sent to us...

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 7, 2006 08:54 AM

Presented as *all newly discovered* in someone's suitcase?

Regardless of the fact that many of them were classics?

I did a get new images from that bunch, but I had most of them already.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 7, 2006 08:57 AM

Unlike the pics of the Cassin and Downes, the various views of the Shaw exploding, etc - the pic of the aircraft (I assume a Zero) diving at the sub was new to me.

Michael Puttre briefed on December 7, 2006 09:03 AM

Amazing photos, John, thanks. The information about human and material losses is equally valuable. Consider the resolve and labor required to recover, repair, and fight on.

If it's not too forward, offer a retrospective of my own here:

http://edefense.blogspot.com/2006/12/its-easy-to-forget.html

LYNN HARGROVE briefed on December 7, 2006 09:14 AM

My Dad was at Pearl Harbor, on the seaplane tender USS Tangier, tied up to the Utah. He witnessed the entire attack from the "Crows Nest" on his ship. He remembers seeing a Japanesse pilot eyeball to eyeball at his height. They were one of the very first ships to fire back and were involved in sinking one of the midget subs. Later he was on one of the cruiser sunk at Savo Island near Gualdacanel (spelling?). Was radio operator on a PBM. Did not get a scratch during the entire war.

Rob briefed on December 7, 2006 10:00 AM

My grand dad was working on the Cassin while it was in dry dock that day. I think an enemy plane destroyed the ship by crashing into it. Grand dad survived the attack and fought on.

Jon Gabriel briefed on December 7, 2006 11:16 AM

Thank you for honoring this important anniversary. I served on a sub out of Pearl in the '80s. The only reason I was able to relax in relative peace was due to the heroes of WWII. I've posted a rememberance of one of the heroes at our blog.

Higgy briefed on December 7, 2006 11:30 AM

You forgot the USS Utah. She has a memorial on Ford Island.

Higgy briefed on December 7, 2006 11:31 AM

Never mind found her under Battleships. I think she was a target ship though.

Higgy briefed on December 7, 2006 11:33 AM

Oh, just forget it.

PigBoatSailor briefed on December 7, 2006 11:43 AM

Yup, the email read:
PEARL HARBOR PHOTOS FOUND IN AN OLD BROWNIE STORED IN A FOOTLOCKER

THESE PHOTOS ARE FROM A SAILOR WHO, I'M TOLD, WAS ON THE USS QUAPAW ATF-11O. INTERESTING AS I'VE NEVER SEEN THEM ANYWHERE ELSE.
I THINK THEY'RE SPECTACULAR.

If you've never seen them anywhere else, you weren't looking too hard, save a few. They are breathtaking, though.

Oh, and for what it is worth, the Quapaw was not at Pearl Harbor, "her keel being laid on 28 December 1942, launched on 15 May 1943, sponsored by Mrs. N.Lehman, and commissioned on 6 May, 1944"

B. Durbin briefed on December 7, 2006 11:57 AM

I've posted a diary entry and a letter from some civilians who lived in Pearl City. (They're family heirlooms of a sort.) Thought you might be interested.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 7, 2006 12:18 PM

Higgy - it was fun, watching you work your way through it...!

Pigboat - yep, same one, though I didn't bother looking up the Qapaw, I admit!

As for the links to other posts - they're fine and welcome!

AFSister briefed on December 7, 2006 12:19 PM

It's so sad to think that this may be the last reunion, because there simply won't be enough healthy survivors to hold a 70th. *sigh*

A friend of mine told me today that her uncle was a radioman, about 20 miles offshore that day. He saw the Japanese planes incoming, and radio'd in the attack... but he never said another word about what happened that day. Only that he tried to warn them.
What a day.

Bob briefed on December 7, 2006 01:41 PM

When I first went to Pearl Harbor in 1946, I could see parts of the Arizona above the water. I told the story for years it was the superstructure, I later found out it was the stacks. They built the memorial just over two of the stacks.

Chris M briefed on December 7, 2006 01:47 PM

One footnote: USS Nevada was indeed repaired and returned to action. On the morning of June 6, 1944, she gave fire support to our troops at Normandy.

Icarus briefed on December 7, 2006 02:38 PM

In honor of this important date, I've been showing a bunch of the classic newsreels and Frank Capra short films (e.g., Why We Fight) on IFILM's War page:
www.ifilm.com/channel/warzone
Check it out, if you like.
-Icarus

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