Now, 76 years later, the US Navy is remembering the 'day of infamy' with a series of photographs that compare scenes from that horrifying day to the present.
On December 7, 1941, the US naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, suffered a devastating attack from the air and sea.
The Japanese assault began at 7:48 a.m., resulting in the deaths of 2,402 Americans, numerous injuries, and the sinking of four battleships, and damage to many more.
Surprised US service members who normally would have slept in on that Sunday morning or enjoyed some recreation, found themselves fighting for their lives.
In 2013, the US Navy remembered the "day of infamy" with a series of photographs that compare scenes from that horrifying date to the present.
76 years after the attack, here's what it looked like, then and now:
Paul Szoldra contributed to an earlier version of this story.