Saturday, July 18, 2009

~WWII Photos ~ Enjoy!! ( Story correction)

Correction ~~~~~ My cousin's sister sent me these pictures ... with the information that they were taken by a Brownie camera, etc., & they are not... as I had written. I have been hence informed the following ... an Oopsie! & apology for the mistaken information but enjoy them as they are so historically an important part of our history to view.

The pictures are real and but have been collected from public sources such as the U.S. Naval Historical Center

~~~ ( ... they are spectacular. During the WWII I have the movie film footage my Dad took flying over the shipyard in Washington State which was highly unethical at that time, but that was my Dad (Marydon) ~

Please say a prayer for these brave men who fought valiantly for our FREEDOMS.

Pearl Harbor

On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the
U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor , Hawaii By planning his attack on a Sunday,
the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port.
As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in
port.. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island , where it had just
delivered some aircraft. The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and
the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States .)

In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most
important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force
of six carriers and 423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu , he launched
the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted
of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which st ruck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and
the airfields in Hickam, Kaneohe and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715
hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets.

At 075 3 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2 'Kate' torpedo
bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 'Val' dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros
struck airfields and Pearl Harbor Within the next hour, the second wave arrived
and continued the attack.
When it was over, the U.S. Losses were:


US Army: 218 KIA, 364 WIA.
US Navy: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA.
US MarineCorp: 109 KIA, 69 WIA.
Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA.

TOTAL: 2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA.


USS Arizona (BB-39) - total loss when a bomb hit her magazine.
USS Oklahoma (BB-37) - Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor.
USS California (BB-4 4) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS West Virginia (BB-48) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS Nevada - (BB-36) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired.
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) - Light damage.
USS Maryland (BB-46) - Light damage.
USS Tennessee (BB-43) Light damage.
USS Utah (AG-16) - (former battleship used as a target) - Sunk.

USS New Orleans (CA-32) - Light Damage..
USS San Francisco (CA-38) - Light Damage.
USS Detroit (CL-8) - Light Damage.
USS Raleigh (CL-7) - Heavily damaged but repaired.
USS Helena (CL-50) - Light Damage.
USS Honolulu (CL-48) - Light Damage..
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USS Downes (DD-375) - Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Cassin - (DD -3 7 2) Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Shaw (DD-373) - Very heavy damage.
USS Helm (DD-388) - Light Damage.

USS Ogala (CM-4) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.
Seaplane Tender

USS Curtiss (AV-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.
Repair Ship

USS Vestal (AR-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.
Harbor Tug

USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.

188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps.)



December 7th, 1941


  1. Thanks Marydon for sharing those photos with us and the story too. DH would be interested to look at them. Hugs Natima

  2. These pictures are amazing. I cannot even begin to imagine what people were going through when all of this happened. Just looking at the pictures gave me chills. Thank you for sharing with us.
    xxoo, Susan

  3. Those are wonderful old pictures. I remember that day well - I was an eighth grader 13 years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Such a different world back then. Carol

  4. Amazing and eye-opening photos, Marydon! Thank you for sharing such memorable moments in our history. We should all take a time out and reflect...

    Just checking in on you and have a beautiful Saturday!


  5. Oh my, the photo's just give me goosebumps! So much tragedy, and death and destruction. Prayers said!

  6. Wow, Marydon, I can't believe these were never developed! As a professional photographer these are amazing! Nothing like Black and white film. This person should really look into getting these published! Thanks for sharing and your bithday wishes for hubby!

  7. I guess over the years we tend to let these types of images fade from our memories. War was so different then... Like the men said... "War is Hell!"
    These photos are remarkable for as long as it took to develop them!!

  8. Howdy
    Thank you so very much for posting these !
    I just finished reading a book published in 1948
    "Three Came Home "
    Written by: Agnes Newton keith,
    about an American family taken as prisoners on Borneo right after the attack on Pearl harbor .
    It was not something you can talk about .I am glad I read the book very eye opening if only the younger generation understood our freedoms are slipping away and many poeple died so we could always be free.
    Yes I come from a long line of Patriotic Americans.
    Thank you again for this post .
    God Bless you !!!!
    Happy Trails

  9. The pics are really amazing, and I loved reading the post.

  10. Moving pictures, moving post, MD.

    Will the violence ever end?


  11. hi! those photos are SO amazing, yet tragic and heroic too! thanks for sharing those!

  12. The pictures are very moving. So much life lost depicted in those photos. Thanks for sharing!

  13. These are just amazing.. Such a wonderful post, and that time shall never be forgotten..God Bless those brave, wonderful men.. Thanks for sharing.. hugs ~tea~

  14. Hi Marydon, Wonderful post. Loved the history lesson for the day. I can always rely on you for my history. Now that video of your niece was just precious. She sure does have potential. What a voice. Happy Saturday. Stop by and say hi. Country Hugs, Sherry

  15. Very interesting! Pictures are also eye openers! Thanks for sharing as we tend to forget as time passes.

  16. Thank you for sharing such fascinating pictures of such a historical event in our nation's history.

  17. Hi Marydon, These pics are amazing and make one take pause, knowing they are real. Thank you for sharing a peek into our history with the reminder that freedom came with a price.

    Thank you for stopping by Lorri's home tour and your kind comment. She has so enjoyed reading them all and sent me a thank you email to place on my next post from her. I will to that next time.
    Have a great rest of the weekend.
    Blessings always,
    Celestina Marie

  18. I received these photos with info such as your friend. It's hard to believe that a brownie camera could have taken such clear photos from far away on that day and kept for all the years. Ah the stories on the web.
    The Military Channel is one of our favorites and I have a son who is a walking history channel himself.
    Thanks for the reminders that we should be prepared

  19. Those are absolutely amazing photos. I had goosebumps when I looked at them. Thank you (and hubby says thanks too) for sharing them with us.


  20. Thank you for sharing these spectacular photos. It's always humbling to me as I think about the fine men and women who gave all for our freedom.

  21. Marydon - thanks so much for commenting on my blog. It's nice to know I can share something with so many. These pictures are so awe inspiring. I just can't imagine living thru such events, and yet I know some many did - including my dad - who passed away 14 years ago this month. I know he was stationed in Japan and the Philippines in the mid '40s. When I see photo's like this I think how much I would love to have heard his comments. Thank you for sharing!

  22. Really i appreciate the effort you made to share the knowledge.nice blog
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