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Rabu, 7 Disember 2011

PEARL HARBOR 70TH ANNIVERSARY 1941-2011


Survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor wait outside before starting their tour of the USS Arizona Memorial at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu Dec. 5.
Some 100 survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor will gather in Hawaii today 70 years after the day which drew the US into World War II. The Japanese air and naval strike on the American military base claimed nearly 2,400 hundred lives, destroyed over 160 aircraft and beached, damaged or destroyed over 20 ships. President Franklin D. called it " a date which will live in infamy" when he addressed the Congress the next day asking to declare war with Japan.


The USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

Ford Island is seen in this ariel view during the Japanese attack on Pearl harbor Dec. 7, 1941 in Hawaii. The photo was taken from a Japanese plane.

The battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea during a Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Wednesday is the 70th anniversary of the attack that brought the United States into World War II.

Japanese soldiers wave at a plane from under their flag Dec. 7, 1941 just before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

A small boat rescues seaman from the USS West Virginia which is burning in the foreground during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The USS Maryland (left) moored inboard and the USS Oklahoma, which capsized, (right) after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

This captured Japanese photograph shows the attack on Pearl Harbor. In the distance, the smoke rises from Hickam Field. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack in which over 2,400 members of the United States military were killed.

A burnt B-17C aircraft rests near Hangar Number Five, Hickam Field, following the attack by Japanese aircraft on Pearl Harbor.

The US Pacific Fleet in flames following the surprise attack by Japanese warplanes. The carefully-planned and well-executed attack removed the United States Navy's battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's southward expansion.

A view of the USS West Virginia in flames in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Dec. 7, 1941.

The US Navy battleship USS California is seen ablaze after an attack by Japanese carrier based strike aircraft on the Hawaiian port of Pearl Harbor.


Pearl Harbor survivor Richard Mayo talks to US Navy Chief Nixon Galan at the "Remembrance Wall" on the Arizona Memorial at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii Dec. 5. Some 100 aging Pearl Harbor Survivors will attend ceremonies on Dec. 7th in Oahu marking the 70th anniversary of the Japanese air and naval assault.

US Navy divers carry the remains of Pearl Harbor survivor Lou Soucy, to be interned on the USS Utah, during a memorial ceremony on Ford Island in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dec. 6.

Dean Griffeth, 94, of Norfolk, Va., is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He spent 30 years in the Navy and then spent 25 years working at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth. He was aboard the USS Phelps at the time of the attack.

Paul Moore, 90, of Chesapeake,, Va., is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a seaman aboard the battleship West Virginia when it was hit by a Japanese torpedo at Pearl Harbor.

Ray Baer, 93, of Norfolk, Va., is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a Petty Officer 3rd class at the time of the attack.

Pearl Harbor veteran Robert Templet, who was a Radioman 1st Class at Ford Island, Hawaii during the attack, is seen outside his home in Metairie, Louisiana. Templet was walking to breakfast on that Sunday, December 7, when he heard a plane motor surging at his back. He turned and saw the pilot, his goggles atop his head, smiling down at him before a torpedo fell from the plane's belly. Stories like Templet's are being documented in "Infamy: December 1941," an exhibit opening on Dec. 7, the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Eugene Gorman,92, is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a 3rd class petty officer aboard the USS Hulbert, a sea plane tender at the time of the attack. He made the Navy a career and retired as a Warrant officer

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