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Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 6, 2012

Friday marks the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In recognition of the day, below is a gallery of photos and video published last year, which marked the 70th anniversary.

Dec. 7, 2011, marks the 70th anniversary of Japan's surprise military strike on Pearl Harbor, the event that brought the United States into World War II. Of the anniversary, President Obama said Americans "reaffirm our commitment to carrying on ... to keeping the country we love strong, free and prosperous." Click through to see photos and video from the 1940s, as well as footage of memorials and survivors of the attack.

Smoke billows from the USS Arizona after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.(AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

A Japanese bomber goes into its last dive as it descends in flames after being hit by U.S. antiaircraft fire during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.(AP Photo)


The destroyer USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.(AP Photo)

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, eight miles from Pearl Harbor, shrapnel from a Japanese bomb riddled this car and killed three civilians in the attack. Two of the victims can be seen in the front seat. The Navy reported there was no nearby military objective.(AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

White House reporters dash for the telephones on Dec. 7, 1941, after they had been told by presidential press secretary Stephen T. Early that Japanese submarines and planes had just bombed the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor.(AP Photo)


Unidentified attaches of the Japanese consulate in New Orleans began burning papers, ledgers, and other records shortly after Japan went to war against the U.S.. Police later stopped the fire, though most of the papers had been destroyed.(AP Photo/Horace Cort)

Declaring Japan guilty of a dastardly unprovoked attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress on Dec. 8, 1941, to declare war. Listening are Vice President Henry Wallace (left) and House Speaker Sam Rayburn.(AP Photo)

A Marine stands guard outside the Capitol in Washington following the Japanese declaration of war on the United States. Aiding the Marines were Capitol police.(AP Photo)


Ten days after the Pearl Harbor attack, kids inspected the wreckage of a Japanese bomber brought down by U.S. fire.(AP Photo)


Ruth Lee, who was born in the United States and was a hostess at a Miami Chinese restaurant, seen Dec. 15, 1941, didn't want to be mistaken for Japanese when she sunbathed on her days off, so she brought along a Chinese flag.

American divers work around the aft turrets of the battleship USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor on Feb. 2, 1942. The ship was sunk and destroyed during the Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor the previous December.(AP Photo/U.S. Navy)


John Finn, a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, salutes at the ground-breaking ceremony for the USS Oklahoma memorial on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 2006, on the 65th anniversary of the attack.(AP Photo/Lucy Pemoni)

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