Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941
On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese warplanes attacked U.S. naval bases in the Pacific. The preemptive strike, which sank ships, destroyed aircraft, and killed more than 2000 Americans, drew the United States into World War II. The attack and ensuing battle were chronicled in an Associated Press article published that day in a two-page extra edition of the Lawrence Journal-World of Lawrence, Kansas.
“The war that Adolf Hitler started in September, 1939, exploded into a world conflict today as Japanese bombers, striking without warning, attacked the United States’ great Pearl Harbor naval base at Honolulu and bases at Manila, the Philippines.
“A bulletin from Honolulu said a naval engagement was in progress off that famed island playground, with at least one black aircraft carrier in action against Pearl Harbor’s defenses.
“The British radio also reported that a ‘foreign warship’ had begun bombarding Pearl Harbor.”
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A photo spread in the Dec. 18, 1941, Joplin Globe of Joplin, Mo., depicted the destruction of the attack. Pictures of Damage Wrought
An article in the Dec. 16, 1941, Oakland Tribune of Oakland, Calif., profiled some individual acts of courage and sacrifice in defense of Pearl Harbor. Battleship Captain Hit, Dies in Action