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The attack on Pearl Harbor

Dec. 7, 1941: The USS California sank into Pearl Harbor mud as crew members clambered down the sides of the battered warship to waiting boats. Black, oily smoke concealed nearly half its hulk.

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Dec. 7, 1941: The USS California sank into Pearl Harbor mud as crew members clambered down the sides of the battered warship to waiting boats. Black, oily smoke concealed nearly half its hulk.

The attack left over 2,400 dead, 68 of them civilians. Waves of Japanese carrier-based fighters and bombers turned the naval base in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor into an inferno. Nine ships were sunk and many more severely damaged, crippling the US Pacific fleet. Nearly half the casualties of the day resulted from the sinking of the battleship Arizona, which today still rests on the bottom of the harbor beneath a memorial. --Lane Turner and Lisa Tuite

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