Friday marks the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor

(NBC News) – Friday marks the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy bombed the U.S. Naval Base in a preemptive action to keep the U.S. Pacific fleet from interfering with Japan’s planned military actions in southeast Asia.

Eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged in the strike with four ships sinking.

2,403 Americans were killed and another 1,178 were injured.

The attack also known as the battle of Pearl Harbor led to the United States’ entry into World War II.

A Zero fighter roars off the deck of an Imperial Japanese Navy carrier to attack Pearl Harbor.
A Zero fighter roars off the deck of an Imperial Japanese Navy carrier to attack Pearl Harbor.
View of West Virginia (BB 38) burning on Battleship Row during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
View of West Virginia (BB 38) burning on Battleship Row during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Sailors at Naval Air Station (NAS) Kaneohe Hawaii attempt to extinguish the fire on a burning PBY Catalina in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Sailors at Naval Air Station (NAS) Kaneohe Hawaii attempt to extinguish the fire on a burning PBY Catalina in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The burning wreckage of an SBD Dauntless dive bomber pictured at Ewa Mooring Mast Field.
Sailors examine the wreckage of an Aichi D3A dive bomber (codenamed Val) that was salvaged from the site where it crashed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Sailors examine the wreckage of an Aichi D3A dive bomber (codenamed Val) that was salvaged from the site where it crashed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The USS Arizona perishes at Pearl Harbor Hawaii 1941
The USS Arizona perishes at Pearl Harbor Hawaii 1941
Black smoke rising from Battleship Row adjacent during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor., Photo Date: Dec 7, 1941
Black smoke rising from Battleship Row adjacent during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor., Photo Date: Dec 7, 1941
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