Sailors stand amid wrecked planes at the Ford Island seaplane base, watching as USS Shaw (DD-373) explodes in the center background, 7 December 1941. USS Nevada (BB-36) is also visible in the middle background, with her bow headed toward the left. Planes present include PBY, OS2U and SOC types. Wrecked wing in the foreground is from a PBY.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.
Photo of the Day: A U.S. Marine lays a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 observance ceremony, Sept. 11, 2011, honoring the 184 victims killed when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon during a terrorist attack 10 years ago. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Jon Connor was stationed at the Pentagon, and was in the building when the plane crashed into the building on September 11th, 2001. Hear his incredible story as he recounts his experience during that massive American tragedy that changed the country and defined a generation.
“When 9/11 happened I had just transferred from USS Newport News (SSN 750) to Submarine Group Seven, Yokosuka, Japan,” said then-Senior Chief Electronics Technician Rafael Perez. “I was in the Navy Lodge with my family, and my sponsor woke me up at about 11:30 p.m. Yokosuka time and told me to turn on the TV. He told me that our country was under attack. After that, our lives changed forever.”
The Department of Defense is honoring the actions of dedication, valor, strength, service and resilience demonstrated by the American people and the Armed Forces throughout the last ten years after September 11th, 2001. Read more here.
Zachary Laychak is pictured here with his father, David Laychak, who died in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Laychak is now a 19-year-old college student. Read his story here. (Courtesy photo)