Editor’s note: Since publishing this post on Dec. 7, 2011, new information has come to light regarding the photograph of the women firefighters, and, as an organization who values accuracy, truth and transparecy, we want you to know that we’ve also updated the caption in our files to match. Our friends at Open Channel on msnbc.com put together a great piece on the story behind the image… it is worth a click!
Often referred to as the Day of Infamy, the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, drew the US into World War II. As many take time today to remember and reflect, here are a selection of images from our archives. For more images, including the first draft of US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s proposed message to the US Congress (with his handwritten corrections), visit this lightbox, curated by our Getty Images photo editors.
Women fire fighters during a training exercise at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, during World War II, circa 1941. From left to right, they are Elizabeth Moku, Alice Cho, Katherine Lowe, and Hilda Van Gieson. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images/2628526); Aerial view of the US Hawaiian Air Base at Wheeler Airfield burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii. Photograph taken by a Japanese bomber during the attack. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images/3240537); A view of the USS Shaw exploding at the U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after the Japanese bombing. (Photo by Lawrence Thornton/Getty Images/2695710); The day after Pearl Harbor and following evacuation orders for Japanese living in America, the owner of this shop in Oakland, California, who is a University of California graduate of Japanese descent, put this notice across his shop front. (Photo by Dorothea Lange/Getty Images/2696598); Vice Admiral Michael Vitale pauses for a moment in the shrine room of the USS Arizona Memorial on December 7, 2010 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images/107380645)