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Dave Buckhout  .

Publication Date: December 7, 2011


During World War II my great-uncle, Bill Buckhout, was a naval photographer. He would go on to win a silver star for aerial photographs that tracked the position of a German U-boat, the submarine cornered by way of my great-uncle’s visual-intel and sunk off the Caribbean coast of South America. Though serving in the Atlantic theatre, my great-uncle had access to the vast naval photographic archives produced during the war. Through these connections, he was able to obtain prints from the actual negatives shot during the massive Japanese aerial raid on Pearl Harbor—December 7, 1941. A prized family possession, I was honored to take possession of this print set about ten years ago. Iconic snapshots of that tragic day of infamy, these images need no introduction:

Almanack Feature: The Day of Infamy » Battleship Row / U.S.S. Arizona  Almanack Feature: The Day of Infamy » Battleship Row / U.S.S. West Virginia  Almanack Feature: The Day of Infamy » U.S.S. Oklahoma Capsized  Almanack Feature: The Day of Infamy » Ford Island  Almanack Feature: The Day of Infamy » U.S.S. Nevada Attempts to Escape  Almanack Feature: The Day of Infamy » U.S.S. Shaw's Magazine Explodes


1. Battleship Row, rescue of personnel from U.S.S. West Virginia
2. Battleship Row during the attack, U.S.S. Arizona in front
3. Battleship Row, U.S.S. Oklahoma having capsized
4. The Naval Air station on Ford Island under attack
5. U.S.S. Nevada attempting to escape (eventually beached)
6. Dramatic image of the U.S.S. Shaw’s magazine exploding


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