Destruction of the U.S.S. Arizona


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Listen to radio address announcing attack on Pearl Harbor

Listen to a radio address announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Listen to radio address announcing attack on Pearl Harbor

Listen to FDR's address to Congress, December 8th, 1941


Radiogram reporting the Pearl Harbor attack, December 7th, 1941

This urgent radio message was issued by the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC) minutes after the attack began. National Archives --- Alaska Region, Anchorage, Alaska, Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments.




Photos taken by actual IJN pilots who participated in the attack.


Opening seconds of the attack. Torpedo exploding against the USS Oklahoma. The Japanese plane that launched the torpedo can be seen peeling off after making its run. Another can be seen just left of the hammer head crane about to start its attack run.


Opening seconds of the attack. "Battleship Row". Note after effects of torpedo hits on the USS Oklahoma and the USS West Virginia. Oil can be seen already gushing from the ships. Also note that the USS California (Far Right), has already taken a torpedo hit. On the 1010 dock smoke can be seen coming from the torpedoed USS Helena, with the USS Oglala alongside.


Opening seconds of the attack. Torpedoes exploding into the USS Oklahoma and the USS West Virginia. Note the height of the water spray from the force of the explosions.


One of the most interesting photos I have ever seen of the attack...This photo was taken between 0755 and 0805, when the USS Arizona exploded. Note oil gushing from the USS Oklahoma and the USS West Virginia from previous torpedo hits, and a bomb exploding on the USS Arizona's stern.


Shortly after the explosion that destroyed the USS Arizona. "Battleship Row" is obscured by smoke from the burning USS Arizona. The USS Oklahoma has capsized and is just visible through the smoke.


On the other side of Ford Island, the USS Utah has capsized. To the right, the USS Raleigh is seen listing from torpedo hit. The USS Detroit is at far right, the USS Tangier is seen at far left.




Photos taken by US Navy officials and civilians who were on hand during the attack.


Destruction of the battleship USS Arizona...A direct hit to her forward magazine destroyed the forward half of the ship killing over 900 of her crew instantly. The time is 0810, approximately 12 minutes into the attack.


USS Arizona

The Arizona burned for more than three days after the attack. Of the 1,5000 men, 1,177 died that fateful day. The single biggest loss of the attack. The U.S. Navy recovered only 229 bodies, declaring the remaining 948 servicemen "buried at sea".


"Battleship Row". The USS West Virginia (left foreground), her side tore open by as many as 7 torpedo hits burns, sunken at her berth. The USS Tennessee, relatively undamaged, is seen behind the USS West Virginia, trapped in her berth by the West Virginia on one side and the mooring quays on the other. The USS Tennessee had to keep her screws turning to push away the oil fires coming from the devastated USS Arizona (right).


The only color photograph I have personally seen of the attack. The Minelayer USS Oglala capsized at her berth at the 1010 dock. In the background, the overturned USS Oklahoma, and the USS Maryland moored behind.


Dry Dock #1. The wrecks of the destroyers USS Cassin and USS Downes. The USS Pennsylvania can be seen in the background. This photo is from late evening on December 7th, or early morning on December 8th, 1941.


The USS Nevada, attempting to get underway. Smoke can be seen pouring from her stack during her sortie. She is down by the bow and smoking from hits forward.


The USS Nevada, beached after her attempt to exit the harbor. The Navy tug USS Hoga is alongside, fighting the fire on Nevada's bow.


Another view of USS Nevada during her sortie. She is seen here passing the navy yard.


The explosion of the forward magazine of the destroyer USS Shaw. To the right, the USS Nevada can been seen making her escape attempt.


"Battle Row" after the initial attack.


The USS California, engulfed by smoke and flames from the burning oil of West Virginia and Arizona.


0900...Looking up "Battleship Row". The inferno is from the fires on the USS West Virginia and the USS Arizona. The USS California is at left, listing from torpedo hits.


Stern View of the USS California listing to port. Smoke to the far left is the fires from Dry dock #1, mid-left the destroyer USS Shaw.


Bow on view of USS Maryland. The USS Oklahoma capsized alongside, taking nine torpedoes in less than 15 minutes. Directly behind the USS Maryland, the smoke from the USS West Virginia and the USS Arizona.


The overturned USS Oklahoma (center) and the USS Maryland (left). White smoke is rising from the USS West Virginia as her fires are brought under control. The USS Arizona burns fiercely in the background.


One of the most published images from December 7th, 1941. The USS Arizona burning out of control at right, while the USS West Virginia, decks awash, sunken at her berth and burning fiercely. The USS Tennessee trapped between the two raging fires.


Late afternoon on December 7th, 1941. Fires still rage on board the shattered USS Arizona, her flag still flying. The USS Tennessee (left) had to keep her screws turning to keep the USS Arizona's fires away. The water pouring over the stern of USS Tennessee is the overflow from her flooded aft magazines.


Looking towards the navy yard. To the left, smoke from the burning destroyers in Dry Dock #1. Center is the burning destroyer USS Shaw, with the USS Nevada to her right (white smoke).


The torpedoed and listing USS Raleigh at her berth about one hour after the attack. The overturned USS Utah is astern of her and the USS Tangier to the far left.


Another of the most published images from December 7th, 1941...The Light Cruiser USS Raleigh fights to stay afloat. Had she been at sea she would have been lost from the torpedo damage. The fleet tug USS Sunnadin lashed four pontoons to her side to keep her from capsizing.


The shattered hulk of the destroyer USS Shaw.


The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. Note the oil slick in the upper left. Oil slicks, caused by oil seeping through her ruptured tanks, can still be seen to this very day.


Japanese Surrender on the U.S.S. Missouri

Tokyo Bay, Japan

September 2nd, 1945



"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."

Admiral Yamamoto

Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor


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