'A date which will live in infamy ...'

— Franklin D. Roosevelt after the Empire of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941


The Sumter Item remembers the courageous military members
who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 76 years ago. During
this attack that led to a declaration of war by the United States,
2,403 men and women died. According to the U.S. Navy Museum, 188 aircraft were destroyed and 159 damaged. Joseph Sweetman, whose son
Mark lives in Sumter, took photographs of the attack that were used by
The Associated Press. All photos on this page were taken from Sumter
Item archives.

Reach Item Archivist Sammy Way at waysammy@yahoo.com or (803) 774-1294.