National Archives Gives New Look on Pearl Harbor

The National Archives released a new video giving a different view of the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

The videos take a look at the Navy deck logs, created as routine administrative documents for all Navy ships, and give modern readers a sense of what the sailors in Pearl Harbor were feeling during the attack.

The logs depict a mundane Sunday morning at the beginning of the day: The USS Cummings noted, “Moored as before. 0400 Received the following fresh provisions for use in the General Mess: from Dairymen’s Association, Ltd., 15 gallons of milk, 7 gallons of ice cream.”

A few lines below, the Cummings’s log records “0758 Air Raid. Japanese planes commenced torpedo attack on battleships in Pearl Harbor. Sounded General Quarters.”


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