Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Pearl Harbor Day: On 70th anniversary, rare and unseen photos from Life.com

Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of the day that lives in infamy: Pearl Harbor Day. Early in the morning of Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, in a Hawaiian bay, Japan launched a deadly offensive — killing 2,402 Americans and propelling the country into World War II. Life.com launched a gallery of archival images — some never published before — of the immediate response in the aftermath of the attack. See some of the images below:


The USS Arizona’s wreckage. The Navy, which was able to salvage an astonishing number of ships damaged or sunk by the Japanese, could not fully salvage the Arizona. (Bob Landry/TIME & LIFE Pictures)


A poster at the Brooklyn Navy Yard calls for vigilance. Days after the attack, the boat yard and the naval yard in New York City ramped up for what looked to be a long, long war. (George Strock/TIME & LIFE Pictures)

A sailor chalks a message to America’s fighting men from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OpNav) on a destroyer at Pearl Harbor. “Your conduct and action have been splendid ... While you have suffered from a treacherous attack, your commander-in-chief has informed me that your courage and stamina remain magnificent. You know you will have your revenge. Recruiting stations are jammed with men eager to join you.” (Bob Landry/TIME & LIFE Pictures)

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