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Pearl Harbor - Dec. 7, 1941 - The only color film of the attack

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Published on Dec 6, 2012

NOTE: 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. Among the many valuable portions of this footage are shots of USS Nevada (BB-36) underway and firing back at Japanese aircraft, USS Oglala (CM-4) rolling over and sinking, and USS St. Louis underway (CL-4).

A Zephyrhills man stumbled on an incredible find connected to the Pearl Harbor attacks while purchasing war memorabilia.

John Bolender is an avid collector of WWII memorabilia and recently he placed an ad looking to buy more.

A woman answered the ad offering to sell boxes of old photos for $400.

When he opened the boxes he discovered it was filled with hundreds of photos taken by Chief Warrant Officer Clyde Daughtry, a photographer with the Navy.

Daughtry captured dozens of images on film during the Pearl Harbor attacks. Some of those photos, his journal, and even a flag flown on the U.S.S. Argonne during the attacks were in the box. Officer Daughtry was on board the Argonne when the attacks started.

"Normally, when someone says they have a lot of photographs, a large amount would be a small shoebox full, " said Bolender. "When we got there, there was at least two footlockers full of photographs."

The collection also contains several hundred negatives which Bolender hopes to get developed. He said he is excited to see what else Daughtry captured on film.

Officer Clyde Daughtry died in 1995 in Fort Myers.

Bolender said he plans to loan some of the artifacts to area museums like the barracks Zephyrhills Airport.

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