Remembering lives lost, 74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

Sailors work to repair the floating dock next to the USS Arizona Memorial
In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, sailors work to repair the floating dock next to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter/U.S. Navy via AP)

PEARL HARBOR, Hi. (KXAN) — December 7, 1941. A date which will live in infamy.

Today marks 74 years since the Pearl Harbor attack. On this day Japan’s Navy and Air Force launched a surprise attack, targeting the U.S. Pacific Fleet, using 400 Japanese warplanes.

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a Navy launch pulls up to the blazing USS West Virginia to rescue a sailor, Dec. 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)
In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a Navy launch pulls up to the blazing USS West Virginia to rescue a sailor, Dec. 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

More than 2,400 Americans died. Five battleships, three destroyers and 200 planes were obliterated in the attack.

Congress immediately declared war on Japan, pulling the U.S. into World War II.

The oldest living World War II veteran calls Austin his home. Richard Overton turned 109 in May.

A commemorative ceremony will take place today in Hawaii.

This June 12, 2015 photo provided by the University of Hawaii Marine Option program shows the wreck of a seaplane downed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. New images of the plane show a coral-encrusted engine and reef fish swimming in and out of a hull. (Jeff Kuwabara, University of Hawaii Marine Option Program via AP)
Wreck of a seaplane downed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. New images of the plane show a coral-encrusted engine and reef fish swimming in and out of a hull. (Jeff Kuwabara, University of Hawaii Marine Option Program via AP)

 

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