1941

The USS Arizona sinks at her moorings at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.
Of 88 Marines aboard, 73 lost their lives. 53 were never recovered or identified.

September | December

September

3. Oahu, Territory of Hawaii

1300: A scout bomber fails to return from a routine instrument flight.
USMC personnel unaccounted for: 2

 


December 

7. Attack on Pearl Harbor

0805 – 0820: The USS Oklahoma is struck by numerous torpedoes and capsizes at her moorings.
USMC personnel unaccounted for: 11


0810 – 1040: Although torpedoed, the USS Nevada manages to get under way only to be struck by five bombs and beached.

USMC personnel unaccounted for: 2

0813: The forward magazine of the USS Arizona explodes, sinking the battleship at her moorings.
USMC personnel unaccounted for: 53


10. Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands.

1245: Japanese aircraft devastate a major American naval base.
USMC personnel unaccounted for: 1


19. Canacao Radio Station, Philippine Islands.

1247: Continued Japanese airstrikes cause further damage and casualties to the defenders of Cavite.
USMC personnel unaccounted for: 4


22. Wake Island.

The last of Wake’s Wildcats take on nearly thirty Japanese fighters and bombers.
USMC personnel unaccounted for: 1