The Navy made incredible photos to show present-day Pearl Harbor compared 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 at 7:48 a.m., resulting in the deaths of 2,402 Americans, numerous injuries, and the sinking of four battleships, and damage to many more.

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

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

76 years after the attack, here's what it looked like, then and now:

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Incredible photos show present-day Pearl Harbor compared to the day of the attack
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Incredible photos show present-day Pearl Harbor compared to the day of the attack

"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

"Hangar 6 on Ford Island stands badly damaged after the attack."

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

"Defenders on Ford Island watch for planes."

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

"The battleship USS California burns in the foreground as the battleship USS Arizona burns in the background after the initial attack on Pearl Harbor."

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

"Sailors on Ford Island look on as the Mahan-class destroyer USS Shaw explodes."

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

"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. It is now an aviation library."

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

"The Mahan-class destroyer USS Shaw explodes after the attack."

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

"The battleship USS Arizona burns during the attack, as viewed from Ford Island."

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

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Paul Szoldra contributed to an earlier version of this story.

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