Pearl Harbor History

  • The Scattered Remnants of Pearl Harbor - Though the attack on Pearl Harbor was a very public affair and affected the entire United States, not every piece of the remains of Pearl Harbor are available for public viewing. They’re not hidden secrets of history per se, but relics of the attack that are reserved specifically for the men and women serving in […]
  • What You May Not Know Pearl Harbor on Memorial Day - The Sun is shining early in the morning, the barbecues are being fired up, and the swimming pools are uncovered – summer must be creeping towards us! Before we get to summer, there’s an important American holiday to celebrate. Memorial Day is looked at by some simply as an excuse for taking a vacation, but […]
  • The Battleships of Pearl Harbor - There was a reason the Japanese had their sights set on Pearl Harbor: it was home to the US Pacific Fleet and they knew that the ships based there would prove a nuisance in the Pacific. Though no aircraft carriers were present on the morning of December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked other targets in their efforts to […]
  • Where the Japanese Went Wrong at Pearl Harbor - Looking at the events of Pearl Harbor, it may seem like the United States suffered the greatest blow it could have that day, but in retrospect, the outcome could have been far worse. The United States was able to recover from the blow quickly—something Japan had not counted on—and become a formidable foe in the […]
  • Three Key Players of Pearl Harbor - For the attack on Pearl Harbor to be orchestrated, Japan needed somebody at the helm. For the United States to react, a government official would need to step forward. To justify how the US completely missed the signs that Japan was planning an attack, there needed to be a scapegoat for blame to fall on. […]
  • The USS Utah: From Battleship to Memorial - When you visit the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, you may hear of a memorial that’s only open to military personnel. On the opposite side of Ford Island, away from the USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri, is the memorial for the men of the USS Utah (BB-13), a battleship that, since […]
  • The Lead-Up to Pearl Harbor - What causes a nation to attack an unsuspecting naval base filled with men simply going about their day? How do the leaders of a country justify the killing of thousands, in a nation it’s not even at war with? These are questions that many people pose when they look at the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on […]
  • Keeping History Alive: Remembering Pearl Harbor - It’s a sad fact that as time passes, the memories of some of the most important days in history will eventually fade. Will we be able to keep these memories alive and ensure that these momentous days in our past never fade away? Nothing is guaranteed, but for Pearl Harbor, the World War II Valor in […]
  • The Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor: Helping the Memory Live On - December 7th, 1941 wasn’t just another day on the calendar. It may have started off like any normal day, but that December Sunday very quickly transformed into one of the most important dates in American history. By 0800, there was no denying the significance of the day as Japanese fighters flew in from the Pacific […]
  • All-in-One Pass to Pearl Harbor - Over 75 years ago, the United States mainland was waking up to news that Japan had attacked the naval base at Pearl Harbor. Panic set in and speculation spread throughout the nation; most importantly, a sense of patriotism erupted across the country. Back at Pearl Harbor, over 2,400 American sailors had died and multiple battleships had […]
  • Terminal Island: A Lost Tale of World War II - The attack on Pearl Harbor changed thousands of lives. The most frequently talked about are the 2,403 American servicemen who died during the attack. What’s often overlooked, since it doesn’t paint the United States in the best light, are the over 100,000 Japanese and Japanese-American citizens who were incarcerated in internment camps shortly after the attack. Distrusting anyone […]
  • Why Visit Pearl Harbor? The Importance of Pearl Harbor Tours - Why do we sit through hours of lectures covering events that we weren’t even alive for? What’s the benefit of knowing how a certain conflict that may be hundreds of years old was resolved or why a certain nation may have pursued complete control of a region? The common answer is that history can repeat […]
  • USS Battleship Nevada USS Nevada – The Navy’s First Super-Dreadnought - On December 7th, 1941, eight battleships were moored in a grouping at Pearl Harbor, making up what’s become known as Battleship Row. The USS Arizona and USS Oklahoma, two of Pearl Harbor’s ill-fated vessels, were moored there and received the brunt of the Japanese attack, but they were far from the only tragedies felt that […]
  • reaction to Pearl Harbor A Quiet Sunday Morning in December - When discussing the attack on Pearl harbor, it’s easy to forget that just moments before the first bombs fell at around 0755, the sailors serving aboard the battleships and other vessels moored in the harbor were going about their business as normal. Nothing about that quiet Sunday morning gave any indication of what was to […]
  • USS Bowfin The USS Bowfin: The Pearl Harbor Avenger - The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor is a fitting tribute to the servicemen who lost their lives during the Japanese attack. Though many of the exhibits and memorials are directly connected with the attack, there’s one that may seem a little out of place. The USS Bowfin (SS-287) only […]
  • World War II: The Attacks on American Soil - For the United States, World War II started with an attack on American soil. At the time, Hawaii was an American territory and Pearl Harbor was an American naval installation. While it was the first attack on American soil and was the catalyst for the United States joining the war, it wasn’t the only attack […]
  • Pearl Harbor Welcomes the USS Frank Cable: Bringing Together Generations of Service - On October 29th, 1979, the USS Frank Cable (AS-40), an American submarine tender, was commissioned into the United States Navy. Her mission was to tend to the Los Angeles-class attack subs and, after her commission, spent several years serving as the repair ship for Submarine Squadrons Four and Eighteen off the coast of Charleston, SC. Later, the […]
  • The Secret Mission After Pearl Harbor - After the smoke of the Pearl Harbor attack started to clear and the United States was able to get a bearing on its situation, government officials knew there was little time to regroup. Whether or not the Japanese would launch another attack or even a full-scale invasion was a question officials had no time to […]
  • Nuuanu Pali Lookout Touring Oahu’s History - Oahu’s History Have you ever wondered just how far back into time the history of a place like Oahu goes? Was it always an incredible getaway or was it once the home of ancient civilizations? We’d like to take you through the lengthy history of Oahu, going back to long before you ever considered setting foot […]
  • reaction to Pearl Harbor Uniting the States: America’s Reaction to Pearl Harbor - Events like the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 have proven that in times of turmoil, citizens of the United States will band together for the good of the nation. While there are multiple instances throughout America’s history, the American reaction to Pearl Harbor after the attack on December 7th, 1941 is often […]
  • USS Arizona band The Fate of the USS Arizona Band - On December 7th, 1941, on the coast of Oahu, those stationed at the naval installation of Pearl Harbor were unaware that they would soon become a part of history. Just before 8 AM, their lives were changed forever and many of them became forever engraved in America’s history. Among the 1,177 sailors who perished aboard the USS […]
  • Taking Children to Pearl Harbor - The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor is a family-friendly destination that gives insight into one of the worst attacks the United States has ever seen. It’s a somber journey through time, a series of exhibits, documentaries, and memorials that serve as a learning and educational experience for people […]
  • The Navy’s New Destroyer - On May 27th, 2010, the United States lost another World War II veteran when former Chief Petty Officer and centenarian John William Finn passed away. More than just a former sailor who served his nation, John Finn served during one of the United States’ darkest times – the attack on Pearl Harbor. Stationed at Naval Air Station […]
  • Pearl Harbor Filmography: Movies Worth Watching - Hollywood movies might not be the best way to get the most accurate information, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a slightly fictionalized account of historical events – as long as you can recognize the inaccuracies as they come. On the subject of Pearl Harbor, there are dozens of movies you can sit down […]
  • What You May Not Know Your Pearl Harbor Agenda - On December 7th, 1941, Japanese fighters and bombers swooped in on Pearl Harbor, devastating airfields and mighty battleships lined up at Battleship Row. The attack is such an important part of American history that Pearl Harbor became the main site of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. During your time at Pearl […]
  • Taking to the Skies The Unexpected Heroines of Pearl Harbor - When the Japanese swooped in on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, it did more than devastate the United States Pacific Fleet. It brought people together and encouraged otherwise passive civilians to join the response effort in some capacity. During the course of the attack, many people didn’t stop to think about what they could do […]
  • Why was Pearl Harbor attacked? Pearl Harbor’s Civilians - The level of devastation that the military installation at Pearl Harbor sustained after the Japanese launched a surprise attack on December 7, 1941 was dumbfounding, but the damage extended further than Battleship Row and the decimated airfields. While Japan’s fighters and bombers had clear targets and were aiming at the large battleships moored in the harbor and […]
  • Everett Hyland: Surviving Pearl Harbor and Beyond - On December 7th, 1941, the servicemen stationed at Pearl Harbor fell victim to one of the most devastating attacks to ever take place on American soil. Japanese fighters flew in on the harbor in an attempt to lay waste to the ships moored at Battleship Row. While over 2,400 servicemen perished in the attack, many […]
  • February 1932: The Other “Attack on Pearl Harbor” - We all recognize December 7th, 1941 as the day the Japanese swept through Pearl Harbor, leaving behind a wake of destruction that instigated America’s involvement in World War II. How about February 7th, 1932, though? It was well before the Second World War broke out, but tensions were already on the rise between the United States […]
  • Destroyer Division 80 - The USS Ward, USS Schley, USS Allen, USS Chew: They may not be among the better-known vessels that were present during the attack on Pearl Harbor, but their presence that morning was more prominent than their absence in retellings may make it seem. The four ships, all destroyer-class vessels in the United States Navy, made […]
  • The Accountability of Admiral Husband E. Kimmel - As you learn more about the history of the United States, you often find yourself hearing different versions of how major events unfolded. The attack on Pearl Harbor is no exception, especially since the soldiers who fought there are growing older and passing on, leaving fewer people behind to right the incorrect versions of history. When it […]
  • Pearl Harbor Specifics Japanese Planes Myths About the Attack on Pearl Harbor - Much is known about the attack on Pearl Harbor, but one has to stop every so often and consider how much of it is truth and how much has been twisted over the years. Seventy-five years ago, the naval base on Oahu’s coast fell victim to a surprise attack by the Japanese, launching the United States […]
  • Who was involved in Pearl Harbor? Japanese Leaders Revisiting the Past: How Japan Views Pearl Harbor - It’s likely that a survey of Japanese people taken during the early 1940s about the attack on Pearl Harbor would show broad agreement that it was a necessity. It wasn’t just a declaration of war against the United States and an attempt to cripple the American Navy, it was one in a series of battles against […]
  • Four Pearl Harbor Documentaries Worth Looking For - The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is an incredible resource for learning what occurred on December 7th, 1941, when the Japan’s aerial and seafaring forces attacked Pearl Harbor, but it can be tough to absorb everything you hear about during the course of your tour. A lot of stories are told, many […]
  • The World After War - Any sort of conflict leaves a mark on those involved in it, and when that conflict encompasses a good portion of the entire world, it’s bound to be a very large mark. After the conclusion of World War II with the surrender of Germany and Japan, much had changed across the globe. Over the years […]
  • Japs Butcher Ameria Why Pearl Harbor is the Most Important Stop During Your Stay - “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This helps to explain the importance of places like the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. It is our belief that anyone who visits the island of Oahu should take the time to visit Pearl Harbor. The exhibits and memorials there honor the servicemen […]
  • What You May Not Know The Overlooked Memorials of Pearl Harbor - The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor, on the southern the coast of Oahu, is the go-to source for information and exhibits regarding the surprise attack on December 7th, 1941. Just before 0800, Japanese fighters flew into Hawaiian airspace and launched a full-scale attack on the harbor, destroying dozens of […]
  • The Other “Pearl Harbor” - The attack on Pearl Harbor was one of the worst foreign attacks on American soil in history, launching a campaign across the country to enter World War II and retaliate against the Japanese aggressors. Soon after the attack on the Oahu harbor, Japan had its sights set elsewhere, looking to expand its hold across the Pacific and […]
  • Pearl Harbor News Hawaii After Pearl Harbor - When Japanese fighters breached Hawaiian airspace on the morning of December 7, 1941 and launched a surprise attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, the entire country changed overnight. From California to Maine, the United States bled patriotism, and joined a war effort they were previously adamant about staying out of. While the nation prepared […]
  • USS Oklahoma Battleship The Legacy of the USS Nevada - Pearl Harbor was such a profound shock to the United States that, even 75 years later, we continue to talk about the attack and its continued impact on the nation. Responsible for bringing the United States into World War II, it’s imperative we never forget the attack, and equally important is that we don’t forget those […]
  • Catching Up on History Seeing Inside Pearl Harbor: Navy Deck Logs from the Attack - Knowing exactly what happened at Pearl Harbor used to require one to have actually been present at the time of the attack. Even specifics about accounts and memories from survivors can be muddied by the adrenaline rush and the action of what’s unfolding around them. What does help paint the best picture are documents pulled specifically […]
  • Pearl Harbor Specifics Japanese Planes Myths About Pearl Harbor - December 7th, 1941 is one of the most notable and recognized dates in United States history. On the morning of what would have been just another monotonous winter day, Japanese attackers flew into Pearl Harbor and commenced a bombardment on the massive vessels in Battleship Row. Resulting in the deaths of over 2,400 servicemen and civilians, It was […]
  • Top 10 Ways to See Oahu from Above, Part 2 - Last time, we took you droning, skydiving, and flying in planes and helicopters. This time, we stick a little closer to the ground, providing you with views of the region that we’re sure will take your breath away.     Ziplining at Kualoa Ranch Glide over Jurassic Park land along a zipline! It’s an adrenaline-rush ride that will […]
  • Dole Pineapple Plantation Aerial Shot Top 10 Ways to See Oahu from Above, Part 1 - There’s nothing quite like a bird’s eye view, and we’ve found some unique options that will have you exploring Oahu from a new perspective and leave you begging for more. Skydive Oahu On the North Shore of Oahu, in Waialua, there are a couple of great locations to start your skydiving adventure over some of […]
  • 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Pearl Harbor Even More Pearl Harbor Facts - When it comes to the most important events in history, there are typically little tidbits of information not readily known, sometimes even by those who were involved in the event. The attack on Pearl Harbor may have only lasted a few hours, but there is a slew of incredible factoids that have emerged from it. […]
  • reaction to Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor Timeline - We know the basic story of December 7th, 1941. On a quiet Sunday morning, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu. A look at a timeline of the attack paints a bigger picture of those involved and the sequence of events that culminated in the United […]
  • Women of the War - World War II was not just a war fought by the military factions of each country. The moment that the declaration of war rang through the United States, the entire nation invested itself in the conflict overseas. While, for the U.S. at least, it was very much a war fought primarily by men, that doesn’t […]
  • Airfield Torpedo What was Learned from Pearl Harbor - From every tragedy throughout history, there was a lesson to be learned. While it may be hidden beneath the sorrow and devastation, the message is there for future generations to learn from. When it comes to the attack on Pearl Harbor, it’s easy to get lost in the fact that over 2,400 Americans lost their […]
  • PH Aerial looking Southwest The Wildlife of Pearl Harbor - The surprise Japanese attack on December 7, 1941 changed the history of the Pearl Harbor forever, making it challenging to think of anything else when someone even mentions the place. It’s important, however, to not forget that Pearl Harbor is more than just a memorial for a devastating day in American history. Among the memorials and […]
  • USS Arizona Exploding during the attack America Fights Back: Japan’s Losses at Pearl Harbor - The attack on Pearl Harbor was a devastating blow to the United States Pacific Fleet’s base, leaving over 2,400 dead, sunken battleships, and demolished structures in its wake. The devastation that day was acutely felt by the United States, and as the country is known for doing, it fought back with everything it had. Though taken by surprise, […]
  • Could Pearl Harbor Happen Again Could Pearl Harbor Happen Again? - America the Vulnerable On December 7th, 1941, no one stationed at Battleship Row or anywhere else in Pearl Harbor had the slightest inkling that the morning would end in bloodshed and tragedy. For them, it was a calm Sunday morning, their breakfast just another in a long string of monotonous meals. It wasn’t ignorance on their […]
  • Pearl Harbor Aerial View Interesting Facts About Wai Momi (Pearl Harbor) - Interesting Facts About Oahu’s Pearl Harbor When someone mentions Pearl Harbor, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is not the actual harbor on Oahu but the event that transformed it into a household name. While we enjoy taking our time to dive back into the days surrounding the Japanese attack, the story of […]
  • America’s Most Decorated Audie Murphy America’s Most Decorated: Audie Murphy - Throughout the course of conflicts, there are soldiers who go above and beyond, putting their lives at risk protecting their country and brothers-in-arms. They’re the true definition of a hero, earning accolades from their superiors and the gratitude of their country. Whether or not they survive the battle, these gallant figures are awarded a variety of medals. […]
  • Catching Up on History Catching Up on History: Five Pearl Harbor Books Worth Reading - Getting to know American history can be as simple as hopping online, but with countless blogs and reposts of somebody else’s words, the true impact of events can become blunted and distorted. When it comes to the history of Pearl Harbor and the Japanese attack in 1941, the impact the event had on the country […]
  • Japanese World War II aerial munitions used How and Why Japan Didn’t Succeed at Pearl Harbor - Looking back at the attack on Pearl Harbor, it’s difficult to see it as anything other than a Japanese victory. Enemy fighters took those stationed there completely by surprise and decimated the US Navy’s forces, killing over 2,400 and laying waste to battleships and aircraft. But is that enough to consider Japan’s risky maneuver a complete success? As history […]
  • Heroes of the Harbor Robert R Scott Heroes of the Harbor: Robert R. Scott - It was a calm Sunday morning in December; an ordinary day that didn’t seem to be of any significance. Men like Robert R. Scott were enjoying the quiet of the morning, some engaging in various activities to pass the time, others having breakfast with their shipmates. But in the distance a storm was brewing, an […]
  • Remains of Nishikaichi's Zero on 17 December 1941 What Happened to the Japanese Fighters Who Were Shot Down? - The attack on Pearl Harbor ended with much heavier losses sustained by the Americans than the Japanese, but the raiding party of 353 fighters still lost men and equipment. By the time the Japanese finished their raid—leaving behind pillars of smoke and raging fires—29 fighters had been lost and around 65 pilots were killed. While […]
  • Heroes of the Harbor Hidden Pearl Harbor - Unseen Relics of the War As you’re going through the Pearl Harbor memorials, soaking in the abundance of history delivered by the numerous exhibits and museums, consider how much of that history has been lost at the bottom of the harbor or swept away into the depths of the Pacific. Though much was lost during […]
  • Women of Pearl Harbor How America Changed After Pearl Harbor - When something as shocking as the events of December 7th, 1941 happens, it’s bound to bring about changes to those most affected by it. Similar to what happened after the September 11th attacks sixty years later—patriotism and a sense of camaraderie across the US—the attack on Pearl Harbor altered the perception of the country, causing a […]
  • Family Circle Island Adventure Best Tours you can do at Pearl Harbor – Part 2 - There are so many fantastic Pearl Harbor tours, so to help you mix things up a bit, here are two more amazing Pearl Harbor tours that are guaranteed to provide you with a historical and cultural experience like no other. Private Pearl Harbor Tour from Turtle Bay Resort Your private visit begins at the entrance of […]
  • Taking to the Skies How Weather Affected Pearl Harbor - You might think you know everything there is to know about the history-changing attack on Pearl Harbor, but there are still some elements that get lost amid the retellings, exhibits, and memorials. Though it may not seem like a vital piece of the puzzle that led to the destruction at Oahu’s military harbor, weather played […]
  • 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor The Lost Tapes: Pearl Harbor - For the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States came together to remember the men and women touched by the devastation brought on by the Japanese onslaught. The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor hosted ceremonies for the survivors and commemorated those lost. These events were […]
  • A Day at Pearl Harbor A Day at Pearl Harbor - The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor shines a light on an important chapter in American history, providing guests with a trip through time back to December 7th, 1941. When touring the expansive memorial, which encompasses a series of standing exhibits and relics from the war, visitors are able to get a […]
  • Pearl Harbor Specifics Japanese Planes Japan’s Initiative: What if the Attack on Pearl Harbor Never Happened? - We know that on December 7th, 1941, Japanese bombers launched an attack on Pearl Harbor, officially drawing the United States into World War II. After the attack, American forces battled in the Pacific and European fronts, lending aid to Allied soldiers at Normandy and other notable battles while fending off Japan’s forces on the other […]
  • Why Didn’t American Initially Join the War Why Didn’t America Join the War Sooner? - Before the United States joined World War II in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the great battle had been raging in Europe since 1939. While the British and Russians struggled against the German Reich, the United States remained officially neutral and refused to enter the war. What was keeping the American government […]
  • The Soldier That Continued Fighting The Soldier Who Continued Fighting - For most, World War II spanned from September 1st, 1939 to September 2nd, 1945, starting when Adolph Hitler made the decision to invade Poland. It all spiraled from there, with Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declaring war against the German Reich. The war was lengthy and destructive, ending with the surrender of the Japanese aboard the Battleship Missouri. […]
  • Medals of Honor Medals of Distinction: Highly Regarded Honors in the Military - Serving in the military takes a certain type of person. Someone who can handle pressure and make difficult decisions that could mean the difference between life and death. A person who works in unison with others and acts on instinct when there’s no time for thought. These soldiers, trained men and women who put themselves on […]
  • The Newspaper Ad Warning The Newspaper Ad Warning - One very important thing when learning about history is ensuring that what you’re reading is accurate. As you dig through countless articles and blogs retelling the events of calamities like the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, you may come across mentions of a newspaper ad that allegedly served as a forewarning of […]
  • The American Revolution America and a Brief History of Her Wars - From the American Revolution to the modern war on terror, the United States has seen its fair share of conflict. Each war has brought its own hardships and roadblocks and tested the might of the American military. The attack on Pearl Harbor marked the beginning of America’s involvement in the Second World War, and while it […]
  • Laid to Rest: Burials After the Battle Laid to Rest: Burials After the Battle - The battle is long over, succeeded by 75 years of American history, but there are still soldiers who were killed in the thick of the Japanese attack that were somehow never given the proper burial they deserve. Sailors like Walter Henry Sollie, a crewman on the USS Oklahoma, never made it out of the battle […]
  • More Facts About Pearl Harbor You May Not Know More Facts About Pearl Harbor You May Not Know - You’ve read the history books, toured the memorials, and even listened to stories from surviving veterans, but there is still so much more to the attack on Pearl Harbor that you may not know. It’s a much talked about event, one of the worst attacks on American soil by a foreign power, and with that […]
  • Black Tears of the Arizona Memorial Reflection Treasures of Pearl Harbor - During the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, between the United States and Japan, upwards of 420 aircraft and vessels were destroyed, their remains scattered in the harbor and across the Pacific. Everything aboard these ships and aircraft, heirlooms carried by soldiers and relics of the war, sank to the bottom of the ocean floor […]
  • Civilians of the Harbor Civilians Affected by the Attack: Pearl Harbor’s Collateral Damage - When we talk about the attack on Pearl Harbor that occurred in December of 1941, we’re quick to jump to stories of the sailors who opposed Japan’s forces and the mighty vessels that were damaged or sank, but we tend to forget that at the start of the attack, regular people were going about their […]
  • Battleship USS California Resurrected Giants: The Battleships That Rose To Fight Again - During the course of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States incurred many losses. Over 2,000 servicemen perished, never to continue the fight against the enemy that defiled their homeland. Like those members of the US military who lost their lives during the Japanese surprise attack, several of the Navy’s monumental battleships were also […]
  • What You May Not Know Pearl Harbor: What You May Not Know - December 7th, 1941 was a date that was destined to go down in infamy the moment the Japanese dropped the first bomb on Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu. You may already know that over 2,000 American servicemen died in the attack and that it led to the entire country being thrust into World […]
  • Pearl Harbor Surrounding Restaurants Where and what to eat around Pearl Harbor - After you’ve spent the day exploring Pearl Harbor, there’s no need to rush off. Remember, you’re still on island time so why not head to one of the nearby restaurants or cafes to fill your stomach with some of the finest food the island has to offer? Within a 30-minute drive of Pearl Harbor there are some […]
  • USS West Virginia Taking to the Seas: The Ships of the Harbor - The attack on Pearl Harbor took the lives of over 2,400 Americans. Some of them were on land, scurrying for cover as Japanese bombers and fighters strafed them and destroyed civilian structures and businesses. The rest were in the thick of the battle, some manning gigantic water vessels that were dormant and unprepared for the […]
  • Heroes of the Harbor Mel Heckman Heroes of the Harbor: Mel Heckman - On December 7th, 2016, one of the few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors made his way back to the site of the Japanese bombing for the first time since 1941. The 93-year-old man surrounded himself with family and embarked on a poignant journey through time, back to the moment of the first sign of war in […]
  • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Visit to Pearl Harbor Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Visit to Pearl Harbor - Japan’s Pearl Harbor Visit On December 7th, 1941, Japanese bombers flew in to Pearl Harbor, dropping bombs, torpedoes, and machine gun fire on unsuspecting American servicemen and citizens, marking a strong and evident divide between the United States and Japan. Since the end of World War II and the reparation of the American and Japanese […]
  • Taking to the Skies Taking to the Skies: The Aircraft of Pearl Harbor - The morning of December 7th, 1941 turned into a scene of mayhem and destructions when the Japanese surprised the installation with attacks from both sea and air. The United States counteroffensive was scattered and unorganized due to the lack of preparation for the attack, but it still worked to fend off the bombers from completely […]
  • Heroes of the Harbor Beneath the Glassy Surface Exploring Wreckage of Pearl Harbor - On December 7th, 1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor left behind a wake of mayhem and destruction that can be viewed in exhibits like the USS Arizona Memorial. American forces suffered the loss of over 2,400 servicemen, 188 aircraft, four battleships, and three cruisers, overshadowing the Japanese loss of four midget submarines, 29 aircraft, and […]
  • Black-Tears of Arizona Underwater The Perils of War: The Environmental Impact of the Harbor’s Black Tears - When you visit the USS Arizona Memorial you can see the oil seeping from the sunken ship’s ruptured hull. Even 75 years later, the wreckage of the great battleship continues to leak about eight quarts per day into the harbor. To locals, these are the Black Tears of the Arizona, a fitting name as the USS Arizona […]
  • USS Oklahoma Memorial with Flag The History of the USS Oklahoma - Take a trip through the World War II Valor in the Pacific Pearl Harbor National Monument and you’ll find yourself exploring standing dedications to the Battleship Missouri and the sunken USS Arizona, but anyone who knows their Pearl Harbor history knows that there were eight battleships there on the morning of the attack. One of those eight present on […]
  • Movie Pearl Harbor How the Movie Pearl Harbor Told Its Own Version of the Attacks - Hollywood vs. Reality Seventy-five years ago, the military harbor on the coast of Oahu experienced one of the most devastating attacks in American history. Thousands lost their lives and the entire country was thrust into a war it had tried to stay out of. With the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, history was made, and […]
  • Heroes of the Harbor Heroes of the Harbor: Joe George - Today, the USS Arizona sits at the bottom of Pearl Harbor, serving as a grave for the 1,117 crew members who were lost when the ship was bombed during the December 7th, 1941 attack. We focus so heavily on the tragedies of Pearl Harbor, such as the Arizona, that we sometimes overlook the stories of heroics that […]
  • Underwater Attack That Could Have Crippled the Entire US Navy The Underwater Attack That Could Have Crippled the Entire US Navy - 75 years ago, life in the islands of Hawaii was changed forever. After decades of change, with the decline in numbers of the Native Hawaiian population and loss of the monarchy, becoming first a Republic and then an American territory, the people of the islands were hit with an even bigger blow when Japanese forces launched the […]
  • Through the Eyes of a Survivor Pearl Harbor: Through the Eyes of a Survivor - Completing your Pearl Harbor Tour Learning about the ravages of war through books may not always be the most effective means of comprehending the tragedies and heroics of major conflicts like World War II. While historical  exhibits and verbal accounts from those who survived—like those found at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National […]
  • Things To Do At Night Near Pearl Harbor Things To Do At Night Near Pearl Harbor - Visiting Pearl Harbor to pay your respects to those who lost their lives during the attack 75 years ago is certainly a day out that you’ll never forget. Whether you spend a few hours there, or a full day, you’re guaranteed to walk away with a new insight into the devastation that happened here during […]
  • Battle of Iwo Jima Battle of Iwo Jima - Pearl Harbor was the start of the Battle of the Pacific and the beginning of the United States’ involvement in World War II. Prior to the attack Pearl Harbor, the US had taken a stance of isolationism. Between the Great Depression and vivid memories of World War I, public opinion was decidedly against entering the […]
  • The Punchbowl Crater: Beyond the Cemetery The Punchbowl Crater: Beyond the Cemetery - As one of the most notable landmarks of the island of Oahu, a visit to Punchbowl National Cemetery is an incredible journey through time. Most notably, you’re brought back through the conflicts of the United States, starting with World War II, as you pay tribute to the many American heroes laid to rest in the […]
  • History of Ford Island The History of Ford Island - Moku’ume’ume is one of Hawaii’s most-visited small islands. Haven’t heard of it? You might know it better as Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. Moku’ume’ume has a fascinating history that stems far further back than the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The name Moku’ume’ume was given to the island by ancient Hawaiians, with the name […]
  • Atomic Bomb Memorial at Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Memorial at Hiroshima - If you are ever in Hiroshima, Japan, you’ll find plenty to do, like visit the beautiful Shukkei-en Garden or see a baseball game at the Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium. But there is one thing that’s a must-do. Experience the Atomic Dome, the only remaining building near the epicenter from the atomic bombing on August 6th 1945. Awesome […]
  • Cryptographers in Pearl Harbor and WWII Cryptographers in Pearl Harbor and WWII - WWII was a war of deception and subterfuge. There is no better example of such deception than Pearl Harbor. On the morning of December 7th, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor while still holding peace talks with the United States. The Japanese did send a declaration of war, which conveniently did not reach the Americans […]
  • Delivering Day fo Infamy Speech The United States Leaders when Pearl Harbor Was Attacked - “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking […]
  • DHA Arizona Memorial USS Arizona specs, tours, crew - Today, the remains of the USS Arizona rest on the sea floor in Pearl Harbor. Above stands a memorial to the 1,177 men who died when the Japanese attacked on December 7th, 1941. Visitors and locals alike walk along the memorial that straddles the old battleship’s hull, allowing them to take in the weight of history […]
  • Pearl Harbor Visitors Center Pearl Harbor today, uses, importance - Pearl Harbor is one of the most famous military bases in the world, located on the south shore of Oahu, Hawaii. With the surprise Japanese attack on December 7th, 1941, it rose in stature to become one of most strategic bases in the Pacific. That act of war pushed the United States from an initial […]
  • Paying Tribute to the Heroes of the Harbor 75 Years Later: Paying Tribute to the Heroes of the Harbor - Every conflict has heroes, and each side determines who theirs are. For the United States in World War II, they were the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy, the Marines at Iwo Jima, and the servicemen who protected Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. December 7th, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the day the United States was […]
  • Luxury Pearl Harbor Transportation Transportation to and from Pearl Harbor - Transportation to Pearl Harbor and other hot spots TheBus The most affordable option to go anywhere on Oahu is always TheBus, the City and County of Honolulu’s transit service. Public transportation here is better than in most mainland states. You can take the bus to interesting places around Oahu. Connections to the airport, Waikiki, and Pearl […]
  • What do I take when I visit Pearl Harbor? What should I take when I visit Pearl Harbor? - So you’ve booked your tour or tickets and you’re ready to go to Pearl Harbor. Now you just have to decide what to take with you. Pearl Harbor is a memorial site, and is also still a working military base, so there are actually several rules and stipulations for things that you can and can’t take in […]
  • a rare look into the USS Arizona Battleship The Story of USS Arizona - It was just before 8am on the morning on December 7, 1941. The USS Arizona was anchored at quay F-7, located on Battleship Row, and those on board were starting their day. They might have been having some breakfast, a laugh with their mates, relishing in the fantastic weather Pearl Harbor was experiencing or thinking […]
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