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We Remember…

December 7, 2012

Retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Sterling R. Cale, and a 90-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor, takes a moment in the shrine room of the USS Arizona Memorial to honor the 1,177 service members who lost their lives during the attack on the USS Arizona Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth/Released)

When we remember the  attack on Pearl Harbor, we don’t just remember it as merely an important event to be relegated to some dusty pages of  history books. What transpired on the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941 on and around the Island of Oahu, Hawaii affected real people. The pain, fear, and shock of those terrible moments were surpassed by the overwhelming courage, honor and bravery exhibited by both military personnel and Hawaii’s civilians. Of course the attack on Pearl Harbor 71 years ago today did change the course of world history. But for the individuals who lived through that terrible day and the years of war that followed, December 7, 1941 remained etched into their personal memories, as well as the collective memory of the entire Nation.

In addition to the photos included on this post, we encourage you to take a few moments to look at the names of the casualties from that day. Beyond the twisted metal and steel of the ships and aircraft damaged on that fateful morning, as you look at these photos we encourage you to remember the lives that were lost and the lives that were forever changed.  May we always “Remember Pearl Harbor.”

Names of Civilian Casualties

Names of U.S. Army Air Forces Casualties

Names of U.S. Army Casualties 

Names of U.S. Marine Corps Casualties 

Names of U.S. Navy Casualties 

Three civilians were killed in this shrapnel-riddled car by a bomb dropped from a Japanese plane eight miles from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941. Library of Congress

Beneath a leaden sky on 8 December 1941, Marines at NAS Kaneohe Bay fire a volley over the common grave of 15 officers and men killed during the Japanese raid the previous day. Note sandbagged position atop the sandy rise at right. National Archives Photo 80-G-32854

U.S. sailors rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken USS West Virginia during the Japanese air attack in the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. U.S. Navy photo, National Archives collection

The USS Arizona burns after being struck by a Japanese armor-piercing bomb during the air attack in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. U.S. Navy photo, National Archives collection

The USS Utah capsizes after being hit by Japanese torpedoes during the air attack in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. U.S. Navy photo, National Archives collection

Harold Johnson, a Pearl Harbor Survivor assigned to USS Oklahoma, places a flower on one of the 429 marble slabs that make up the USS Oklahoma Memorial. Pearl Harbor survivors, friends and family gathered at the memorial to pay their respects to the Sailors and Marines who lost their lives aboard Oklahoma 70 years ago. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Furey/Released)

U.S. military aircraft and hangars burn after being bombed during the Japanese air attack on Wheeler Air Field, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. The aerial view was captured from a Japanese Navy plane. U.S. Navy photo

Army Sgt. (ret.) Allen Bodenlos, a Pearl Harbor survivor, salutes the Arizona memorial during a wreath laying ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The ceremony was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin W. Sisco/Released)

U.S. military personnel examine the burned-out wreckage of a U.S. military P-40 pursuit aircraft following the Japanese air attack near Hangar 4 on Wheeler Air Field, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. U.S. Navy photo, National Archives collection

The USS Arizona Memorial glows in the night in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class James E. Foehl, U.S Navy. (Released)

Presidential Proclamation — National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2012

We will be posting photos and videos from today’s ceremonies at Pearl Harbor, so check back to this site during the day. Aloha

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