(Washington Post) Just before 8 a.m. local time Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese warplanes shattered the Sunday quiet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. It was an attack on the United States that would soon thrust the country into World War II.
Despite a radiogram that was urgently pushed to all U.S. military in the area (“AIRRAID ON PEARLHARBOR X THIS IS NO DRILL"), the surprise attack destroyed or damaged more than a dozen American ships and hundreds of aircraft.
More than 2,400 Americans were killed. But the greatest loss of life occurred on the USS Arizona: Of the 1,512 on board at the time, only about 300 survived. The ship rests, sunken, at the bottom of the harbor — along with the remains of hundreds of victims.
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