Editors, News Directors:
Dec. 7, 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Early that morning, waves of Japanese bombers flew over Oahu, passing low enough that children who climbed to the roofs of their homes could get a close look at them. The attack focused on the ships in Pearl Harbor, killed more than 2,300 U.S. service members and civilians, and brought the United States into World War II.
In advance of the anniversary of the attack, the AP is focusing on two views of the attack: from a USS Arizona sailor who recovered from burns he received during the attack and went on to fight in more WWII battles, and from three women who were at the time in elementary school and recall how the attack upended their young lives.
PEARL HARBOR’S CHILDREN
HONOLULU — After the Pearl Harbor attack, their schools required them to carry gas masks with them at all times — even when posing for their class photo. Some saw their parents digging trenches outside their school. One Japanese student worried that her family would be taken to internment camps. Three students, now in their mid-80s, reflect on life as a child in the aftermath of the historic attack 75 years ago. By Audrey McAvoy. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, by Thursday Dec. 1, for release beginning 12:01 a.m. EST Monday, Dec. 5. Photos, video, interactive.
PEARL HARBOR AT 75-A VET REMEMBERS
HONOLULU — Burns covered most of Lauren Bruner’s body after Japanese planes bombed the sailor’s battleship, the USS Arizona, in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He spent seven months recovering in the hospital, and returned to fight in more battles. Now 96, Bruner is returning to Hawaii to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II. By Audrey McAvoy. UPCOMING: 600 words, by Thursday, Dec. 1, for release beginning 12:01 a.m. EST Monday, Dec. 5. Photos, video.
Coverage on Dec. 7:
PEARL HARBOR AT 75
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — The nation marks the 75th anniversary of the attack. The Navy and National Park Service jointly host a ceremony that will include survivors of the attack, a missing man formation flyover and sailors rendering honors as their Navy ship passes by the sunken hull of the USS Arizona. By Audrey McAvoy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, video.
With PEARL HARBOR AT 75-AP WAS THERE — A look at The Associated Press’ coverage of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos.
If you have questions about coverage plans, please contact Honolulu correspondent Caleb Jones at 808-536-5510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.