Please note: This footage is special, not only because it’s colored, but because it was not converted from black and white to color. It was originally shot in color, and is the only of its kind.
This COLOR footage of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was shot by CWO4 Clyde Daughtry, although this a copy since the original was lost.
This includes footage of the USS Oglala (CM-4) sinking, and the USS St. Louis (CL-4) and USS Nevada (BB-36) returning fire on the Japanese attack.
More than 3,000 souls were lost this day, December 7, 1941. A day which will live in infamy. Let us take a moment to pause and remember those that lost their lives in a savage sucker punch by the Japanese Empire.
Incredible Color Photos Of Pearl Harbor
The Pearl Harbor attack lasted 110 minutes, from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.
When Japanese Commander Mitsuo Fuchida called out, “Tora, Tora, Tora!” (“Tiger, Tiger, Tiger!”) upon flying over Pearl Harbor, it was a message to the entire Japanese navy telling them they had caught the Americans totally by surprise.
Many U.S. servicemen were either still in their pajamas or eating breakfast in the mess halls when the attack on Pearl Harbor began. U.S. servicemen also identified the invading planes as Japanese because of the “meatballs,” what they called the large, red circle (the Rising Sun) on the side of Japanese planes.
There were eight battleships at Pearl Harbor that day, which included all the battleships of the U.S. Pacific fleet except for one (the Colorado). (The above photo is one of the more recent color photos of Pearl Harbor, with the Pearl Harbor memorial & museum in the white building.)
The Japanese only attacked the ships at Pearl Harbor Naval base and airplanes at Hickman Airfield, leaving surrounding areas such as repair facilities, the submarine base and fuel oil storages areas unharmed. The Japanese struck the airfields at Hickam Field, Wheeler Field, Bellows Field, Ewa Field, Schoefield Barracks, and Kaneohe Naval Air Station. The United States aircraft carriers, the primary target of the attack, were not at the base at the time.
Because of this, the Japanese cancelled a planned second attack.
The Japanese attackers traveled 3,400 miles across the Pacific to execute their attack on Pearl Harbor. In addition, the Japanese attack force stationed itself approximately 230 miles north of the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
Plans for a surprise attack against the United States began as early as January of 1941. Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo led the Japanese forces, and their fleet consisted of 353 planes.
The USS Arizona exploded when a bomb breached its forward magazine (i.e. the ammunition room). Approximately 1,100 U.S. servicemen died on board. After being torpedoed, the USS Oklahoma was damaged so badly that it turned upside down.
To aid their airplanes, the Japanese sent in five midget subs to help target the battleships. The Americans sunk four of the midget subs and captured the fifth. Eleven other ships were sunk and 188 planes destroyed.
A total of 2,335 U.S. servicemen were killed while 1,143 were wounded. Sixty-eight civilians also died and 35 wounded. The Japanese lost 65 men, with an additional soldier being captured.