Only Known Color Footage of the Pearl Harbor Attack, 12-07-1941

Today marks the 75th anniversery of the Pearl Harbor attacks, which killed over 3000 Americans, and led to our entrance into the second World War.

While Japan has apologized for their aggression and damage caused during WWII, they haven’t yet apologized specifically for the attack on Pearl Harbor. Despite that, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first Jappanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor.

Donald Trump issued a statement on the matter, saying of the veterans that “their shared sacrifice reminds us of the great costs paid by those who came before us to secure the liberties we enjoy, and inspires us to rise to meet the new challenges that stand before us today.” Continued saying “today we are the bearers of the torch of freedom these brave Americans passed on to us. In honor of their faithfulness, and for the sake of generations to come, we will never allow that flame to be extinguished.”

As we remember those who lost their lives, the only color footage of the incident has surfaced. The day that lived in infamy was filmed as it occurred by an American serviceman.

The quality isn’t stellar, as it’s a copy of the original footage (which itself is 75 years old) but it’s the only actual color footage of that attack we now have.

As the Federalist Papers reported:

This COLOR footage of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was shot by CWO4 Clyde Daughtry. The original footage has since been lost, and the poor quality of this footage is due to the fact that it is a copy.

Among the many valuable portions of this footage are shots of USS Nevada (BB-36) underway and firing back at Japanese aircraft, USS Oglala (CM-4) rolling over and sinking, and USS St. Louis underway (CL-4).

It’s incredible that many of us haven’t seen the footage before of this part of our history. Remember what really happened, and those who lost their lives. Share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.