This past weekend marked the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  I'm lucky enough to have had the opportunity to visit the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii a few years ago.  It's one of the most moving and poignant environments I've ever been to.  As I was on-site, my mind began to replay the events of December 7, 1941 and I tried to picture myself in that moment.  The silence held by everyone on the tour only served to make the picture more vivid.

Over the weekend I stumbled upon this video, showing what the poster says is:

This is all original color film, not B&W that has been colored, or stock footage made by a studio. This is the only known real color film of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This COLOR footage of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was shot by CWO4 Clyde Daughtry. The original footage has since been lost, and the poor quality of this footage is due to the fact that it is a copy.

 

I'm consistently taken in by videos like this because seeing the events in color does help bring them to life.  It's not just a black-and-white video; it's real people with real families and friends and real life-and-death decisions to make in split-seconds.