7th December, 1941 was a shocking day for the US. A surprise attack was launched on its naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii by the Imperial Japanese Navy.
The attack led to the death of more than 2300 US military personnel. As a result, the US entered the Second World War.
Japan's desire for territorial expansion led them to view the US as a hindrance in the Pacific, prompting them to attack the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor for strategic gain.
The first wave of planes attacked just before 8:00 am, targeting the airfields, aircraft, and battleships at Pearl Harbor.
The second wave followed shortly after, targeting other ships in the harbor.
The attack was devastating. The USS Arizona was hit by bombs and exploded, sinking within minutes and taking with it many sailors and Marines.
The USS Oklahoma was hit by four torpedoes in five minutes and completely rolled over with her bottom and propeller sticking out above the water in the harbor.
The USS California, Nevada, West Virginia, and other ships were also hit and damaged.
The attack on Pearl Harbor was a turning point in World War II. The United States had previously been neutral, but after the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan.
It would always be remembered as a day of infamy, a reminder of the cost of war and the importance of vigilance in protecting the country.