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Remembering Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later

A look back, through photographs, at the surprise attack that killed 2,300 American servicemen and propelled the U.S. into World War II.

Believed to be the first bomb dropped on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in the sneak-attack on Dec. 7, 1941, this picture was found torn to pieces at Yokusuka Base by photographer's mate 2/C Martin J. Shemanski of Plymouth, Pennsylvania. One Japanese plane is shown pulling out of a dive near the bomb eruption (center) and another in the air in the upper right.

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The American destroyer USS Shaw explodes during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, home of the American Pacific Fleet during World War II. Keystone/Getty Images
A sailor runs for cover past flaming wreckage hit by dive bombers that had already blasted Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field; Kaneohe Bay Naval Station. Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
Smoke pours from wrecked American warships including (L-R) the battleships USS West Virginia & USS Tennessee which were damaged or sunk during Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. US Navy / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images
The battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea. The ship sank with more than 80 percent of its 1,500-man crew, including Rear Adm. Isaac C. Kidd. AP
The wreckage of a drugstore smolders in Waikiki.
Heavy damage is seen on the destroyers USS Downes (DD-375) and USS Cassin (DD-372). AP

A crowd on Broadway in New York City hold up newspapers announcing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during World War II.

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