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Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

What Happened at Pearl Harbor

This downloadable PDF educational booklet focuses on the reasons why the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor happened on December 7, 1941.   Subjects include:  Timeline, notable U.S. Navy heroes responding to the attack; descriptions of the U.S. Navy ships attacked; images of the attack of the U.S. Naval Yard and U.S. Naval Station at Pearl Harbor during the attack.   Note, there are interactives that one could use while in the museum or at home.

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Images:  NH 86118:  USS Shaw (DD-373):  80-G-K-13512:  USS Arizona (BB-39)  both ships shown during Japanese Attack.