70 Years Later

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The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor is seen here from the navigation bridge of the USS Missouri, now permanently moored nearby. Seventy years ago this morning, Japanese air forces attacked Pearl Harbor and sank the Arizona and several other ships, bringing the US into World War II. The attack killed 2,403 Americans, including 68 civilians, and left another 1,178 wounded.

That same day, half a world away, the Soviet Red Army began its counterattack against the German Army at the gates of Moscow. Some historians consider Dec. 7, 1941, the day the war turned in the Allies’ favor, although that did not become apparent for some time.

The Missouri was the site of the Japanese surrender that finally ended the war, on Sept. 1, 1945.

Photo by Roger Bloom

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