In November 2000, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard went looking for the first casualty of the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor: a Japanese submarine sunk by a U.S. destroyer one hour before the infamous Japanese air raid.

What he found was ships, tanks, planes—virtually a “World War II museum of scrap,” according to Priit Vesilind, the expedition’s online correspondent.

“We steam out to the deep water to test the underwater vehicles and gear.”
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  Aerial of Pearl Harbor showing Ford Island at center
  Photograph from Corbis
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