71st Anniversary of Pearl Harbor: A Look Back in Quotes & Photos

Jeanne Sager | Dec 7, 2012 Breaking

Pearl HarborSeventy-one years have passed since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Today is, as then President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, the day that will live in infamy. And it does, even 71 years on.

Don't believe it? Just look at these quotes about Pearl Harbor, many uttered seven decades ago but still repeated today, others more recent but evidence that the peaceful Sunday morning shattered by an act of war still resonates, still haunts our American spirit. Paired with photos of the attack, it's hard not to be taken back to the horror of that day.

Will you be taking a few moments to remember the lives lost at Pearl Harbor today?


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  • Pearl Harbor Attack


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    "Yesterday, December 7, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Dec. 8, 1941, asking Congress to declare war on Japan

  • USS Arizona


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    "Before we're through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in Hell." -- Vice Admiral William F. Bull, upon entering Pearl Harbor

  • View From Japanese Plane


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    "No American will think it wrong of me if I proclaim that to have the United States at our side was to me the greatest joy. I could not foretell the course of events. I do not pretend to have measured accurately the martial might of Japan, but now at this very moment I knew the United States was in the war up to the neck and in to the death." -- Winston Churchill

  • USS Shaw Exploding


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    "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." -- attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, commander of Japan's Combined Fleet and who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II

  • USS Arizona in Flames


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    "Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger ... No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory." -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • USS Tennessee


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    "Our military thought that they couldn't get to Pearl Harbor, that it was too long a journey from Japan to get there, and they proved us wrong." -- Jerry Bruckheimer, co-producer, Pearl Harbor

  • Smoke Billows From the USS Shaw


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    "With confidence in our armed forces -- with the unbounding determination of our people -- we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God." -- President Franklin Roosevelt

  • Pearl Harbor Today


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    "Everybody knows about Pearl Harbor. The thing that really fascinated me is that through this tragedy there was this amazing American heroism.” -- Michael Bay, co-producer, Pearl Harbor

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