Pearl Harbor History

  • Last battleship Exploring the Battleship Missouri - Now that you have your trip to Oahu booked, you can start planning for a trek back in time at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the associated Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. Explore the history surrounding one of the nation’s most devastating days, December 7th, 1941, the day a Japanese […]
  • Did American Sanctions Spur Pearl Harbor? - One hundred and thirty-three days That’s how long the United States had to reconsider the strict sanctions it had placed on Japan in the summer of 1941. On the 134th day, Japan launched a sudden assault on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, killing over 2,400 Americans and launching the war in the Pacific. […]
  • Last battleship Museum Ships of the US Navy - When a vessel has completed her service with the United States Navy, there are a few different fates that she may face. Some ships are broken down completely and sold to scrap yards around the country. These materials are often used in the construction of new ships, among other uses. Other decommissioned ships, like the USS […]
  • USS Colorado The Battleship That Wasn’t There: USS Colorado - To say that the December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor was devastating is an understatement, but it actually could have been even worse. The absence of the aircraft aircraft carriers that morning was certainly a lucky break, but there was another member of the fleet that was also missing. Eight battleships were moored along […]
  • USS Pearl Harbor Remembering History – The USS Pearl Harbor - On December 7th, 1941, a striking force of Japanese fighters and bombers flew into Pearl Harbor and began an assault on the naval base and nearby airfields. The devastation of that day became a part of American history. Over the years, the attack on Pearl Harbor has inspired multiple memorials across the United States, and […]
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  • The Lucky Vessels of Pearl Harbor - Just under 100 ships were stationed at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese flew in and launched a surprise attack on the unsuspecting naval base. While the main targets for attackers were the eight battleships along Battleship Row and in nearby drydocks, that didn’t keep the surrounding vessels safe from Japan’s bombs and torpedoes. With bombs […]
  • Opposing the Pearl Harbor Attack: Japan’s Internal Struggle - Looking back at the events that unfolded on December 7th, 1941, it’s reasonable to assume that all Japanese officials were supportive of the surprise attack. While the decision did have widespread support, it was far from unanimous. The attack on the United States came after a trade embargo was placed on vital Japanese imports, threatening […]
  • PH Aerial looking Southwest The Notable Names of Pearl Harbor - Any event that looms as large in the timeline of American history as the attack on Pearl Harbor is bound to leave a number of names and details that define it. From the types of armament used by Japan’s assaulting forces to the American ships targeted and damaged during the attack, there is a lot […]
  • USS Oglala Resurrecting the USS Oglala - On December 7th, 1917, exactly 24 years prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the USS Oglala (CM-4) began her service in the US Navy. Over the course of her naval career, the Oglala sailed under three different names, including the USS Massachusetts and the USS Shawmut. During World War I, under the name USS Shawmut, she […]
  • From Incident to Invasion to Pearl Harbor - Not long after World War I ended, Japan was quick to revisit its quarrels with China. The tense cultural history between the two nations has often resulted in conflict. After the First World War, there didn’t seem to be any extended period of peace between the two nations, especially as Japan considered the option of […]
  • The London Naval Conference: A Prelude to Pearl Harbor - Looking at the attack on Pearl Harbor, it’s tempting to say that the catalyst was the trade embargo placed on the Japan by the United States and other Allied nations. The problem with simplifying it down to that one event, however, is that it ignores the years of back and forth between Japan and the […]
  • Aircraft of World War II Iconic Aircraft of World War II - Aerial combat played a huge part in the Second World War, including in the Pacific Theater, which unfolded across multiple islands. From this emphasis on aerial combat, several iconic aerial fighters emerged that were used widely and recognized for their power, speed, and reliability. There were many types of fighters that could be touted as […]
  • Know Before You Go: Restrictions at Pearl Harbor - You’re planning a visit to Pearl Harbor. You’re thrilled to finally see an important piece of American history, but you also know that there are certain responsibilities that come with the privilege. The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and associated Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are reminders of a time that the […]
  • Pearl Harbor Battleships The Ultimate Fate of the Battleships of Pearl Harbor - We know that during the attack on Pearl Harbor, there were eight battleships lined up along Battleship Row. The battleships of Pearl Harbor, the main targets of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s striking force, were vital assets of the Pacific Fleet that if lost, would leave the US Navy crippled. Though Japan tried, it wasn’t able […]
  • USS Hull The USS Hull and the Wartime Typhoon - Wartime typhoon isn’t a metaphor for the whirlwind of fighting that engulfed the Pacific and Europe. It refers to an actual typhoon, specifically the one that claimed the USS Hull (DD-350) on December 18th, 1944. The Farragut-class destroyer served her nation well before becoming one of three destroyers to perish not at the hands of the […]
  • The American Aircraft of Pearl Harbor - At 0755 on December 7th, 1941, a striking force of Japanese fighters and bombers flew into Pearl Harbor and decimated the naval base and outlying air fields. The attack came as a complete surprise, robbing the United States of its ability to mount a meaningful counterattack.  In order to ground the American planes and keep […]
  • What Should I Expect When I Visit Pearl Harbor? - The obvious answer, of course, is that you can expect a vast history lesson that walks you through the events of December 7th, 1941, although that’s a pretty broad overview of what awaits you at the naval base on Oahu. Below are some things to be aware of before you set off on your Pearl […]
  • Passing Along History: Donated Artifacts of World War II and Pearl Harbor - The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred over 75 years ago, and most of the survivors who once gathered together to retell their stories have passed away. That leaves most of us with books and online resources to consult in order to satisfy our curiosity about the December 7th, 1941 attack. Some people get the opportunity […]
  • Why the Navy Phased Out Battleships - During the war in the Pacific, the US Navy relied heavily on battleships to fight off the Imperial Japanese Navy. In fact, it was an attack on these impressive war machines that was effectively the reason why we went to war. So why did the Navy decide to cease production and deployment of these mighty […]
  • America’s Fatal Miscalculation - When you have an enemy committed to goals that go against everything you you stand for, one of the worst things you can do is underestimate just how dedicated they may be to their cause. That Japan wanted to take over territories throughout East Asia and the Pacific was not a secret to the United […]
  • Battleship USS Missouri on Call to Duty Tour The USS Missouri: Still Serving the Nation - One ship moored near the Pearl Harbor memorials dedicated to the December 7th, 1941 attack might seem out of place. The USS Missouri (BB-63)—lovingly known as the “Mighty Mo”—is a curious addition to Pearl Harbor because she wasn’t launched until well after the attack took place. After fighting in the last year of the war […]
  • reaction to Pearl Harbor A Different View of the Pearl Harbor Attack - On December 7th, 1941, the United States suffered one of the worst attacks from a foreign power that the nation had ever known. Fires erupted throughout the naval base as bombs struck the battleships and other warships of Pearl Harbor. Smoke billowed high, making the effects of the attack visible even to those further inland […]
  • The Guadalcanal Campaign - The Battle of Guadalcanal, also known as the Guadalcanal Campaign, was the first major Allied offensive against the Japanese after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It took approximately six months for Allied troops to take and hold the islands of Tulagi, Guadalcanal and Florida, which make up the Southern Solomon Islands. The long duration stands […]
  • Sleep of the Saved: Churchill’s Reaction to Pearl Harbor - The American reaction to Pearl Harbor is not surprising. Fear mixed with shock and anger led to a readiness to enter the Second World War, ending the isolationism that had been US policy up to that point. Across the Atlantic, however, reactions were less predictable. With no direct ties to the naval base at Pearl […]
  • Iconic Locations of the Pacific Theater - Though World War II was fought all around the globe—from the tiniest of islands to the most expansive of countries—there were certain locations that proved to be more significant than others. If you want to take a tour of all of the most crucial sites of World War II, it’s going to be a hefty […]
  • US Pacific Fleet Pearl Harbor: An Admiral’s Warning - Throughout the 1930s, the United States and Japan were locked in a stalemate over the latter’s desire to rule vast territories in Asia and the Pacific. Realizing what it would mean if Japan gained control over these territories, the United States opted to step up and try to stop the empire’s expansion. What followed were […]
  • USS Arizona Memorial Bell The Relics of the USS Arizona - At approximately 0800 on December 7th, 1941, a fleet of Japanese fighters and bombers from the Imperial Japanese Navy flew into Pearl Harbor’s airspace and launched a devastating assault on the battleships moored along Battleship Row. Though six of the eight vessels survived the attack and later returned to the war, the USS Arizona, along […]
  • USS Indianapolis USS Indianapolis Wreckage Discovered - World War II saw many tragedies for the United States, starting with the devastating one that started it all, the December 7th, 1941 assault on Pearl Harbor, the US naval base on Oahu. The 2,403 American lives lost were just the first of the many thousands of lives that would be sacrificed in order to […]
  • USS Bowfin Submarine in the Morning Exhibits of the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park - Pearl Harbor, the American naval base and site of the December 7th, 1941 Japanese attack, is home to a number of different attractions, memorials, and things to see. From the somber wreckage of the USS Arizona to the massive Battleship Missouri, the wealth of knowledge available at the World War II Valor in the Pacific […]
  • After Pearl Harbor: The Battles of the Pacific - More than 75 years ago, the United States engaged Japan in a brutal war across the Pacific. It all started on a quiet Sunday morning, at an unsuspecting naval base in Hawaii. December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—marked the start of World War II for the United States as Japanese fighters swooped in […]
  • Pearl Harbor Visitor Center with Ford Island in Background The Arizona Memorial Experience - Just over seventy-five years ago, the United States trembled with anger and fear as word of the Japanese assault on a far-flung naval base made its way across the nation. Over 2,400 people died during the attack on Pearl Harbor, with the greatest loss of life aboard the USS Arizona. 1,177 sailors and Marines perished. […]
  • Pearl Harbor: The Third Wave That Never Came - Over the course of two hours, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched two destructive waves of fighters and bombers on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. The attack caused the deaths of over 2,400 Americans and left an immense amount of damage in its wake; but as devastating as it was at the time, the […]
  • Catching Up on History More from the Deck Logs of the Pearl Harbor Attack - There’s really only one way to truly get the most information and best understanding of an event, and that’s to have been there, on the inside, as it unfolded. While the attack on Pearl Harbor happened over 75 years ago and most of the men who survived it to tell the story have since passed […]
  • kido butai The Phantoms of the Pacific: Kido Butai - It patiently waited, its target only 230 miles away. Waves rocked the ships as their commanders prepared for the inevitable launch that would change the world. The Pacific skies were blue, the first rays of the morning sun shining on the men scrambling across the decks of the massive force. Days prior, the fleet had […]
  • The Newspaper Ad Warning Aftermath of Pearl Harbor: The Roberts Commission - What exactly had happened? How did a fleet of over 400 enemy aircraft make its way across the Pacific undetected and into Hawaiian airspace? Why, over the course of two hours, did the Pearl Harbor and surrounding airfields suffer such devastating losses? These were just some of the questions that arose after the attack on […]
  • Pearl Harbor: Terms and People to Know - The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor remains one of the most important events in American history. The horrific loss of life and the sinking of vital American ships on the morning of December 7, 1941 drew the United States into World War II and eventually made it the world power it is today. Once firmly […]
  • Marine Corps Air Station Ewa The Heroes of Marine Corps Air Station Ewa - Not every hero of December 7th, 1941 was made within the confines of Pearl Harbor. While most of the Japanese attention was focused on the eight battleships moored along Battleship Row, some Japanese fighters and bombers detached from the main strike force to attack other strategic targets. Wheeler and Hickam Army Air Fields are each […]
  • Last battleship USS Missouri: America’s Last Battleship - It takes a lot for something to get to be called “mighty,”—even if it’s a US Navy battleship—but the USS Missouri (BB-63) did plenty to earn her nickname the “Mighty Mo.” It goes beyond her service in World War II and is more about how she became an iconic vessel of the United States Navy. Though […]
  • Yamato: Japan’s Biggest Battleship - We spend so much time discussing the American battleships that were destroyed and damaged during the Pearl Harbor attack and those that fought in the Pacific all through World War II that it’s easy to forget that Japan had its own battleships. On December 16th, 1941, only nine days after the Pearl Harbor assault launched […]
  • The Lone Vote Against Entering World War II - On December 7th, 1941, the United States suffered one of its darkest days. Angered by trade sanctions enforced by the US, Japan launched a strike against the naval base at Pearl Harbor, located on the island of Oahu. During the tragic events that shattered a quiet Sunday morning, over 2,400 American men and women perished […]
  • Pearl Harbor Battleships Leaders of the US Navy at Pearl Harbor - At the time of the December 7th, 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, some of America’s best military minds were stationed there. Like all the other officers and enlisted men who were enjoying that peaceful Sunday morning, they were unaware of the magnitude of the tragedy that was heading towards them in the early hours of […]
  • After Pearl Harbor: American War Production - On December 6th, 1941, life in the United States was just like any other day. People went to work, factories produced whatever products or tools they always had; there wasn’t a lot for the nation to worry about, save for concerns about what was happening in Europe. World War II had been going on since […]
  • Who was involved in Pearl Harbor? Japanese Leaders The Fate of the Japanese Officers Behind Pearl Harbor - The attack on Pearl Harbor wasn’t some last-minute plan that was thought up over the course of several hours. It was a complex, highly-orchestrated assault that took many months to plan and the best military minds in Japan to pull off. Leading up to December 7th, 1941, relations between the United States and Japan were […]
  • How Pearl Harbor Inspired American Enlistment - Those living on the US mainland couldn’t actually hear the explosions of the falling bombs or the crewmen’s screams that echoed throughout Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t stunned by Japan’s surprise attack. The entire nation felt the tragedy of the over 2,400 deaths that day […]
  • Rebuilding the US Pacific Fleet - After the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the American naval base on the island of Oahu, the Navy was left with a fleet that was significantly damaged and unfit for the coming war. At first glance, the damage done to the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor may have seemed a lot worse than it was, […]
  • The B-24J-155-CO Memorial - It’s highly recommended that anyone who travels to Oahu take a day out of their schedule of fun in the sun to visit the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. These incredible exhibits and memorials detail one of the most catastrophic events in American history, covering the […]
  • USS Oklahoma Memorial Honoring the 429: The USS Oklahoma Memorial - On December 7th, 1941, the United States suffered a tragic blow when a fleet of Japanese aircraft flew into Oahu’s airspace and launched a deadly assault on the naval base at Pearl Harbor. Over the course of the two-hour attack, American sailors fought for their lives and those of their fellow servicemen against what must […]
  • The Punchbowl Crater: Beyond the Cemetery A Visit to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - When planning your tropical escape to Hawaii, chances are you never considered that you might somehow wind up contemplating history over the grave of an American service member you never knew. Still, when you actually get to Oahu and hear about places like the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor […]
  • USS Maryland The “Fighting Mary”: USS Maryland - For the men of the USS Maryland (BB-46), December 7th, 1941 started off like any other quiet Sunday morning. With the sun rising into the sky, many were getting ready for shore leave, while others were enjoying their breakfast and looking forward to another day of no action. Sundays were typically quiet aboard the battleship, and […]
  • Joe George Recognition for Pearl Harbor Hero Joe George - USS Arizona survivor Donald Stratton is looking to press Washington DC lawmakers to honor a fellow Pearl Harbor veteran for the heroic act that saved his life and those of several other Arizona crewmen. After a bomb ignited a huge cache of ammunition, Stratton and five other Arizona sailors were stranded on the burning vessel […]
  • Mervyn Bennion: The Last Captain of the West Virginia - At the age of 54, Mervyn Bennion gave everything he had to his nation and to the men who served under him in the US Navy. Serving as captain of the USS West Virginia (BB-48), his bravery wasn’t something that was easily forgotten, earning him a Medal of Honor for having given his life defending his […]
  • How Much Time Should I Expect to Spend at Pearl Harbor? - Every vacation comes with certain time constraints, so it’s important to plan each day accordingly. You may be looking at your Hawaiian vacation itinerary and wondering when you can squeeze in a visit to Pearl Harbor. Before you set aside just an hour or two to cover the World War II Valor in the Pacific […]
  • Purple Machine Cryptologists, the Purple Machine, and Pearl Harbor - Behind the scenes of military conflicts throughout time, there was a team or individual dedicated to the often difficult task of determining what the enemy was doing or planning. While it seems like an impossible effort to pull off, these individuals sometimes worked day and night, picking apart their enemy’s coded messages in a way that […]
  • Varsity Victory Volunteers The Varsity Victory Volunteers - The attack on Pearl Harbor was a disaster felt across the United States, but from that monumental tragedy came tales of heroics and patriotism. Stories like that of the Varsity Victory Volunteers, a band of Japanese-American college students who stepped up to defend the country that would soon turn on them. Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, […]
  • Aerial view of the USS Arizona Memorial The Scars of War - War is a devastating force that changes everything it touches. It’s not just the people involved who are affected by it; the actual landscape of the world can suffer under the destruction wrought by military forces locked in explosive battle. As World War II made its way around the globe, it left in its wake […]
  • Japan's Striking Force Mitsuo Fuchida’s Battle Map - Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Striking Force at Pearl Harbor, was also responsible for the overall coordination of the attack. Though Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto planned the attack up until the moment it launched, it was Fuchida who led the first wave of planes and sent the message “Tora! Tora! Tora!” to indicate the element of […]
  • Preparing for Your Visit to Pearl Harbor - You’ve finally decided to see a major slice of American history: Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu. As you prepare yourself for your Pearl Harbor visit, keep the following things in mind so you are absolutely prepared for your trek back through time to December 7th, 1941, the day Japan stunned the United States with a devastating aerial […]
  • Pearl Harbor News December 7th December 7th, 1941 – A Brief Overview of Tragedy - As the sun began its ascent into the sky, it was the start of a beautiful day of rest and relaxation for many of the servicemen stationed at Pearl Harbor. Those who had worked throughout the night and into the early hours of the morning were eager to begin a quiet Sunday. Many of the men […]
  • The Deadly Double Ad Declarations of War After Pearl Harbor - Prior to the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the battlegrounds of World War II were clear. Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy were the main aggressors in the European Theater, fighting against the armies of the United Kingdom—and the British Commonwealth—the Soviet Union, and the Free French Army, with other nations providing […]
  • Britain’s Pearl Harbor: The Invasion of Malaya - While the American naval base at Pearl Harbor was under bombardment by an Imperial Japanese Navy striking force, a British colony was also under attack. December 7,1941 was a devastating day in world history, touching nations around the globe as Japan made its move to further expand in East Asia and the Pacific. Over 6,700 miles west of Pearl […]
  • The Mini Subs: Japan’s First Appearance at Pearl Harbor - There are few historic events more known in the United States than the December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Even though there have been countless retellings and a myriad of movies and hours of news coverage, it may come as a surprise to learn that there are still aspects of the surprise attack that […]
  • The POW of Pearl Harbor - Kazuo Sakamaki isn’t a name many Americans are likely know. Born in Awa, Tokushima, Japan in 1918, he certainly wasn’t any sort of American hero. In fact, quite the opposite. Sakamaki served in the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1940 to 1941, putting him squarely in the window of time to have taken part in a […]
  • The Pearl Harbor Baby - Sometimes, it’s almost impossible to find any ray of light when a dark cloud washes over an entire nation. The December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor seemed to leave the United States devoid of any happiness, but even the greatest of tragedies can’t sully the most remarkable of events. An Unexpected Attack At 0755, […]
  • The Young Heroes of Pearl Harbor - The heroes of Pearl Harbor included more than just the sailors aboard the vessels that took the brunt of the attack, or the servicemen who scrambled to fight back with little more than their rifles. They weren’t just the local nurses who dropped everything to assist the injured or the volunteers who assisted with the clean-up […]
  • Two Hours Defenseless, Four Years at War - When most servicemen stationed at Pearl Harbor and around Oahu woke up on the morning of December 7th, 1941, they did so expecting a quiet Sunday. Those who were just ending their shifts were eager to start a little rest and relaxation with their loved ones, or just some free time off their vessels. The sun was […]
  • Japan's Striking Force The Leader of the Japanese Striking Force - The planning of Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was headed by Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku. Though he was the idea man who determined when and how the attack would take place, Yamamoto had no part in the actual attack, instead selecting another notable naval aviator to lead the Japanese Striking Force in its charge on Pearl Harbor. Within nine […]
  • The Invisible Effects of Pearl Harbor - The effects of living through an event like the attack on Pearl Harbor are bound to be profound and lasting. Even for those who weren’t on the naval base itself at the time of the attack, being in proximity to it would have been enough to remove any sense of security they may have had. The noises […]
  • Pacific Avaition Museum The Pacific Aviation Museum: Going Beyond Pearl Harbor - When you arrive at Pearl Harbor to experience the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the other Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, you probably already know that you’re in for a historical journey back to December 7th, 1941. But is everything within these historically important sites limited to that day? Of course […]
  • Battle of Midway Commemorating the Battle of Midway - Over 75 years ago, the United States suffered one of the most devastating attacks on its soil. In the wake of the attacks, after being drawn into a war it had vowed to stay out of, Americans were locked in a back-and-forth struggle with the Imperial Japanese Navy, a force that proved to be formidable. On […]
  • Admiral Yamamoto’s Doubts - In the quiet of a Sunday morning in December, the skies over Pearl Harbor erupted in a hail of bullets, bombs, and torpedoes. The calm waters below instantly became a war zone as battleships erupted into flames. Smoke filled the air, rising high enough to be visible to pedestrians strolling through Honolulu. The assault on […]
  • The Hull Note: The Final Piece Leading to War - Prior to the events of December 7th, 1941, the casual observer may have assumed that the United States was simply minding its own business when Japan conceived its malicious plan to send a strike force to Pearl Harbor. Initially, it seemed as if Japan struck without reason, beyond a fear that the United States would stonewall its […]
  • Aerial view of the USS Arizona Memorial The Lost Remains of the USS Arizona - Ask anyone who’s been to Pearl Harbor about the USS Arizona and they’ll likely tell you about the memorial that sits in the middle of the harbor. As a guest at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, you can visit the wreckage site of the ill-fated American battleship, but there’s actually more to […]
  • The Ships of the Japanese Striking Force - The success of pulling off the attack on the Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 wasn’t a miracle. The Imperial Japanese Navy employed vessels that made up the well-oiled task force that crossed the Pacific to launch the two waves of Japanese fighters and bombers to lay waste to the US Naval Base and the battleships moored […]
  • The Reemerging Story of Ensign John England - The sinking of the USS Oklahoma occurred over 75 years ago and the story has been passed down across multiple generations, but it still has a profound effect on those linked to the over 400 sailors who perished as she sank to the bottom of Pearl Harbor. On December 7th, 1941, the Oklahoma came under fire from Japanese bombers and […]
  • The Military Airfields on Oahu - The attack on Pearl Harbor was a devastating event that had far-reaching consequences. Over 2,000 American servicemen were killed during the surprise Japanese attack. December 7th, 1941 became known as a “Date which will live in infamy”—one of the most important in all of American history. While we remember the naval base at Pearl Harbor […]
  • Pearl Harbor and the Fourth of July - On July 4, 2017, the United States celebrates its 241st Independence Day. While the Declaration of Independence was signed many years prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and we’ve enjoyed our freedom for many years, events like the attack on Pearl Harbor were a threat to the very things we aim to celebrate. Through the years since […]
  • Pearl Harbor by the Numbers - Sometimes it’s difficult to get a true feel for the scope of an event without concrete numbers to back up the information and make it come to life. You already know that the Japanese launched a devastating attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. You also know that this was the catalyst for […]
  • Group Staring at Arizona Memorial Wall The Importance of Remembering - Every year, as the attack on Pearl Harbor recedes further into history, it’s imperative that we don’t let the memory of the attack slip away. Memorials, commemorations, museum galleries – they all work together to help us remember that devastating day in 1941, the moment in American history that was pegged as a “Date which will live […]
  • Pearl Harbor Welcomes the USS Illinois - Pearl Harbor may best be known to civilians for its place in American history, but not everything about the iconic naval base is rooted in the past. The USS Arizona Memorial is the iconic face of December 7, 1941, and while it continues to draw travelers from all over the globe to honor those lost […]
  • Taking to the Skies The Haunting Scenes of Pearl Harbor - There’s no denying the devastation that was wrought on Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7th, 1941. It’s evident at the USS Arizona Memorial, that sits in the middle of the harbor overlooking the remains of the mighty battleship for which it’s named. It’s clear from the stories that are retold throughout the World War II […]
  • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Visit to Pearl Harbor A Quick History of American–Japanese Relations - On the morning of December 7th, 1941, there was no mistaking the message that Japan wanted to send: they had had enough of being policed by the US. The Empire of Japan sought to take over the Pacific, and nothing was going to stand in its way. Though tensions between the two nations erupted on that […]
  • USS West Virginia Burning and Sinking The Consequences of Pearl Harbor - Every drastic action comes with consequences. On December 7th, 1941, Japan surprised the United States in one of the most stunning moves of the war by bombing the naval base at Pearl Harbor. From that decision to attack the officially-neutral power, a series of consequences was set into motion that changed the course of history forever. Within […]
  • The American Fleet Damaged at Pearl Harbor - When discussing the ships lost at Pearl Harbor, it’s easy to focus solely on the battleships that took the brunt of the attack, but there were many other ships present, and few of them emerged from the two-hour assault completely unscathed. The following is a list of American vessels that were significantly damaged or destroyed during the attack […]
  • Last battleship Fast Facts About the Mighty Mo - Built into the history of the attack on Pearl Harbor is the tale of a vessel that wasn’t even there at the time. Within the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, among the memorials and exhibits dedicated to the Japanese attack on December 7th, 1941, you’ll find a peculiar vessel. You’ve read up on the […]
  • Beyond the History: The Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge - As you make your way through the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, it’s easy to forget that surrounding this slice of American history is an ecological wonder that’s home to some of the world’s most striking flora and fauna. With each year that passes, we continue to encroach upon territory that […]
  • Pearl Harbor Survivors Walk Are We Forgetting About Pearl Harbor? - Over 75 years have passed between the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by a Japanese force and today, and there’s a real concern that we may slowly be forgetting all that we need to remember about the events of December 7, 1941. Is the weight of the attack slowly drifting away, especially as more and more of the Pearl […]
  • From the Ashes of Pearl Harbor: The US Navy Seabees - The heroes of the United States Navy weren’t only the men and women on the front lines. Behind the scenes, doing incredible things that the general public wouldn’t necessarily know about, was a group of naval volunteers performing tasks that, while they wouldn’t make headlines, would assist in the war in an crucial way. After […]
  • What is the Passport to Pearl Harbor? - When you do some online research about Pearl Harbor and the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, you may come across mention of a “Passport to Pearl Harbor.” Don’t worry, you don’t actually need a passport to get into Pearl Harbor, but just as a passport grants you access to other countries, […]
  • Facts About the USS Utah - Though the USS Utah (BB-31) was reclassified and demilitarized into a target ship ten years prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, that didn’t save her from suffering the wrath of the Japanese. In the early minutes of the assault, the Utah was struck by two torpedoes and started flooding. Of her crew of 525, 64 officers […]
  • The PBY Catalina: The American Flying Boat - While a multitude of aircraft took part in the action, there was one class of plane that may very well be the most-recognized of all World War II flying machines. The PBY Catalina, otherwise known as the Flying Boat, served a multitude of uses during World War II, having taken part in anti-submarine warfare, convoy […]
  • Why Didn’t Japan Finish Off Pearl Harbor? - Looking back at the attack on Pearl Harbor, it’s evident that mistakes were made on both sides. While the United States is believed to have made the gravest by not being prepared for the Japanese assault, it’s also worth noting that Japan’s miscues were equally detrimental. For all practical purposes, the attack on Pearl Harbor […]
  • The Lost Top-Secret Pearl Harbor Mission - During the early days of the war in Europe, the United States implemented a program within Hawaii that selected a group of prominent citizens throughout Honolulu who would be of strategic value in the event of an act of war against the nation. While the US did its best to avoid joining the war, by 1941, after […]
  • The US Navy’s Recovery After Pearl Harbor - There’s a reason Japan set its sights on Pearl Harbor. It wasn’t just to send a message to the United States, to show that it wouldn’t stand by while the Americans placed an embargo on the country’s trade. It was a preemptive maneuver to try and diminish the usefulness of the US Navy in the […]
  • The Inevitable War, the Surprise Attack - That tensions between the United States and Japan were reaching an all-time high was no surprise. Japanese advances across Asia didn’t bode well for American interests, despite trade deals that saw exports of steel and other raw materials coming from the US to supply Japan’s industries. While much of the nation was against the notion of […]
  • Japan’s Attack Force at Pearl Harbor - For the Imperial Japanese Navy to successfully pull off an attack on American territory, it needed two things: the element of surprise and a sizable force. By the morning of December 7th, 1941, they had accomplished both, resulting in the deaths of over 2,000 servicemen and civilians, and the American shift in policy in regard to World War […]
  • Pearl Harbor and the End of American Isolationism - When you look at the policies of the United States today, it’s pretty easy to tell that it isn’t a nation driven by any sort of isolationism. Sometimes chided for being too involved in the world’s affairs, America wasn’t always as involved as it is today. In fact, looking back to the history of World War II, […]
  • The Words of Pearl Harbor - Take a look through major events in world history and you’ll notice an aspect common to them all – every event can be defined by the words of the people who were part of it. Over 75 years ago, the United States was devastated by the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Across the Pacific, the […]
  • The Terror of Pearl Harbor: Japan’s Thunder Fish - Though it sounds more like a mythological monster, the Thunder fish was a real object that played a vital role in Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Otherwise known as a variant of the Type 91 aerial torpedo, this pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy was the US Navy’s worst enemy on December 7th, 1941. While torpedoes […]
  • The Mystery of the Sunken PBY-5 Flying Boat - At the onset of the attack on Pearl Harbor, American sailors stationed at the naval base were quick to react to the sounds of gunfire and explosions echoing from Battleship Row. While many of the men were without a means of fighting back, save for rifles that would prove futile against Japanese fighters and bombers, the […]
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