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America remembers Pearl Harbour attacks 70 years on

Japan's air and submarine strikes on the US naval base in 1941 pulled the US into WW2

America remembers Pearl Harbour attacks 70 years on
US Navy veteran and Pearl Harbour survivor Owen Smith holds a wreath as he is escorted by US Air Force veteran Don Arnold during a Pearl Harbor remembrance service aboard the USS Hornet (Getty Images)
America remembers Pearl Harbour attacks 70 years on
Over 100 people were in attendance aboard the USS Hornet for a ceremony honouring the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 (Getty Images)
America remembers Pearl Harbour attacks 70 years on
US Navy veteran and Pearl Harbour survivor John Chapman (R) talks with USS Hornet chaplain and World War II veteran John Berger (Getty Images)
America remembers Pearl Harbour attacks 70 years on
Nearly half of those who perished in the attack on Pearl Harbor were sailors aboard the Arizona (Getty Images)
America remembers Pearl Harbour attacks 70 years on
Japanese torpedo bombers sank the ship early in the attack, sending 1,177 of its 1,400-member crew to their deaths (Getty Images)
America remembers Pearl Harbour attacks 70 years on
The USS Arizona Memorial (not in picture), built over the remains of the ship, now forms a centerpiece of the World War Two Valor in the Pacific National Monument, an historic site administered by the National Park Service (Getty Images)
America remembers Pearl Harbour attacks 70 years on
Besides the nearly 2,400 who were killed, the attack left 1,178 people wounded, sank or heavily damaged a dozen U.S. warships and destroyed 323 aircraft, badly crippling the Pacific fleet (Getty Images)
America remembers Pearl Harbour attacks 70 years on
US Navy veteran and Pearl Harbour survivor Ed Silveira (Getty Images)