The Navy created incredible photos comparing Pearl Harbor today to the day of the Japanese attack

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Sailors on Ford Island watch the Mahan-class destroyer USS Shaw explode after the attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan
  • The Japanese navy attacked the US fleet at Pearl Harbor 79 years ago, bringing the US into World War II with a devastating blow.

  • Now it's possible to compare Pearl Harbor's present-day idyllic settings with the scenes on that "day of infamy" eight decades years ago.

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On December 7, 1941, the US Navy fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii suffered a devastating attack from the air and sea.

The Japanese assault began at 7:48 a.m., resulting in the death of 2,402 Americans, numerous injuries, the sinking of four battleships and damage to many more.

Surprised US service members who normally may have slept in on that Sunday morning or enjoyed some recreation instead found themselves fighting for their lives.

In 2013, the US Navy remembered the "day of infamy" with a series of photographs that compared scenes from that horrifying day to the present.

The photos, prepared by Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Hawaii, were accompanied by a nearly five-minute video.

Here are the photos:

Paul Szoldra composed an earlier version of this story.

Defenders on Ford Island watch for planes during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan

pearl harbor then and now
pearl harbor then and now

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

pearl harbor then and now
pearl harbor then and now

Defenders on Ford Island watch for planes during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan

pearl harbor then and now
pearl harbor then and now

Hangar 6 on Ford Island stands badly damaged after the attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan

pearl harbor then and now
pearl harbor then and now

A view of the historic Ford Island control tower from 1941. The tower was once used to guide airplanes at the airfield on the island and will now be used as an aviation library. U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan

pearl harbor then and now
pearl harbor then and now

The battleship USS Arizona (BB 39) burns in the background during the attack on Pearl Harbor as viewed from Ford Island. U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan

pearl harbor then and now
pearl harbor then and now

The Mahan-class destroyer USS Shaw (DD 373) explodes in the background after the attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan

pearl harbor then and now
pearl harbor then and now

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

pearl harbor then and now
pearl harbor then and now

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