Pearl Harbor, January 1941


This aerial photograph shows the naval base at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii (then the Territory of Hawaii), on January 17, 1941. The U.S. Navy was in the process of expanding Pearl Harbor to serve as home port for its Pacific Fleet when this photograph was taken. Just 11 months later on December 7, Japanese forces attacked here, driving the United States into World War II. Hard hit in the attack were the ships anchored along “Battleship Row” on Ford Island, which can be seen in the upper left portion of the photograph.

National Archives, Records of the Defense Intelligence Agency


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