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)

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