Tragedy struck the United States in the early morning of December 7, 1941. Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, a naval base in Hawaii, was a preemptive strike to dissuade America from interfering with their empire expansion in Southeast Asia. The devastating strike resulted in over 2,000 deaths, 12 destroyed ships, and 160 demolished aircrafts in just under two hours.
A call to arms swiftly followed, with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declaring war on Japan. The U.S. joined WWII with a vengeance, collectively grasping the painful memory of Pearl Harbor as they marched grimly forward. While the conflict led to unparalleled American patriotism, a less fortunate result was the egregious civil rights violations faced by Japanese Americans, forced to either relocate or face internment. Gathered below are photographs of the aftermath of the conflict that thrust America into steely action, immortalized in the words, "a date which will live in infamy."