8 amazing photos comparing today's Pearl Harbor to the day of the attack

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 around 8 a.m., resulting in the deaths of 2,403 Americans, numerous injuries, and the sinking of four battleships, and damage to many more.

Surprised U.S. service members who normally would have slept in on that Sunday morning or enjoyed some recreation found themselves fighting for their lives.

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In 2013, the U.S. Navy remembered the “day of infamy” with a series of photo illustrations overlaying scenes from that horrifying date with present-day photos.

Now, 76 years after the attack, here’s what Pearl Harbor looked like then and now:

8. Defenders on Ford Island watch for planes during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

Defenders on Ford Island watch for planes during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The combined image contains photographs taken during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the same present day location as the event. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)

(U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan)

7. The battleship USS California (BB 44) burns in the foreground as the battleship USS Arizona (BB 39) burns in the background after the initial attack on Pearl Harbor.

The battleship USS California (BB 44) burns in the foreground as the battleship USS Arizona (BB 39) burns in the background after the initial attack on Pearl Harbor. The combined image contains photographs taken during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the same present day location as the event. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)

(U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan)

6. Defenders on Ford Island watch for planes during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

Defenders on Ford Island watch for planes during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The combined image contains photographs taken during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the same present day location as the event. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)

(U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan)

5. Hangar 6 on Ford Island stands badly damaged after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Hangar 6 on Ford Island stands badly damaged after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The combined image contains photographs taken during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the same present day location as the event. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)

(U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan)

4. A view of the historic Ford Island control tower: then and now. The tower was once used to guide airplanes at the airfield on the island and will now be used as an aviation library.

A view of the historic Ford Island control tower: then and now. The tower was once used to guide airpanes at the airfield on the island and will now be used as an aviation library. The combined image contains photographs taken in 1941 and the same present day location. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)

(U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan)

3. The battleship USS Arizona (BB 39) burns in the background during the attack on Pearl Harbor as viewed from Ford Island.

The battleship USS Arizona (BB 39) burns in the background during the attack on Pearl Harbor as viewed from Ford Island. The combined image contains photographs taken during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the same present day location as the event. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)

(U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan)

2. The Mahan-class destroyer USS Shaw (DD 373) explodes in the background after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Mahan-class destroyer USS Shaw (DD 373) explodes in the background after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The combined image contains photographs taken during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the same present day location as the event. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)

(U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan)

1. Sailors on Ford Island look on as the Mahan-class destroyer USS Shaw (DD 373) explodes in the background after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Sailors on Ford Island look on as the Mahan-class destroyer USS Shaw (DD 373) explodes in the background after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The combined image contains photographs taken during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the same present day location as the event. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)

(U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan)

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