This remarkable port, home to the great US Pacific Fleet, has been called "majestic," one of the greatest harbors in the Pacific.
Just before 8:00 am that Sunday morning, many of the sailors aboard naval vessels moored at Pearl Harbor were getting ready for leave and preparing for church services. In a few minutes, the colors would be raised on more than 185 naval vessels throughout the harbor.
The human toll of the war was unprecedented. The U.S. military lost over 106,000 in the Pacific; 2.1 million Japanese sailors, soldiers, and airmen died.
Last updated: March 22, 2018