Seventy years ago today, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor. The surprise strike pulled America into World War II, marking Dec. 7 as “a date which will live in infamy.” This morning, the Today show returned to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial and visited with the dwindling number of surviving veterans who were serving in Hawaii on that fateful morning.
“It’s sad,” admitted Edward Wentzlaff, who was 24 years old at the time of the attack. “You can’t lose all those people and friendships and not let it bother you.” See more of Today‘s Pearl Harbor coverage, plus a live newscast from Dec. 7, 1941, below.
In an archived on-scene report from 1941, uploaded by The Washington Post, a newscaster discusses witnessing the attack from a nearby rooftop. The broadcast is to be part of the program at the National Archives about Pearl Harbor and the media.