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December 7, 1941

"December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy."

— President Franklin D. Roosevelt


December 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A small boat rescues a seaman from the 31,800 ton USS West Virginia burning in the foreground. Smoke rolling out amidships shows where the most extensive damage occurred. Note the two men in the superstructure. The USS Tennessee is inboard.


This image originally came from the U.S. Navy, Office of Public Relations. It is now part of the Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division:



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Taken on December 7, 1941