Pearl Harbor History

  • 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. […]
  • Pearl Harbor attack from Japanese airPlane 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 […]
  • When to visit Pearl Harbor When to visit Pearl Harbor - As you’d already know, Pearl Harbor is located in the beautiful county of Honolulu, on the world’s most popular island holiday destination – Hawaii. Hawaii’s tourism industry, like everywhere in the world, has its high season and low season – and you’re best to follow this guide when you want to plan your visit to […]
  • Emperor Hirohito Japan’s leaders: who was in charge of the Pearl Harbor attack - The attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 was well coordinated, well-planned and no doubt a surprise to the US military that were stationed there. That was the plan, after all. But the attack – and the recovery – could not have been possible without the key players for both Japan and the US at […]
  • WWII Fighter Planes, Bombers, ALL Types of Flyers WWII Fighter Planes, Bombers, ALL Types of Flyers - The Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor was the opening offensive against the United States that spurred the U.S into World War II. The Japanese held the element of surprise and brought their full aviation power to bear upon the island of Oahu and the tactically crucial Pearl Harbor base. The Japanese had inside information from […]
  • Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - Pearl Harbor was the beginning of World War II for the United States, an attack on the unsuspecting island of Oahu while peace negotiations between America and Japanese were still in session.  The Japanese sent a two page message, declaring war upon the United States but it did not reach the Americans until Pearl Harbor […]
  • Why did the US set up at Pearl Harbor? Why did the US set up at Pearl Harbor? - The history of the Hawaiian Islands is clear, and the historical presence of its people is known to date back as far as 124AD, depending on which history book you read it from. The original Hawaiians were of Polynesian origin and came from the Marquesas Islands. The Islands were run under their own monarchy for […]
  • 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Pearl Harbor 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Pearl Harbor - You might have watched the movie, or you could have read our blogs – and guaranteed you know plenty about the attack on Pearl Harbor if you’ve done either of these. But there is much more to what happened on that fateful day, and afterwards, that is not as publicized. As the anniversary of the […]
  • Pearl Harbor deaths World War II Monument Iowa - American history was changed forever in December 1941, when Japanese airplanes launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, killing 2,403 soldiers and civilians in the area. The US navy took a critical hit that morning and miraculously survived the invasion with just enough resources to gather their strength and fight back. With this attack on […]
  • Japanese War Machines of the Pearl Harbor Attack Japanese War Machines of the Pearl Harbor Attack - The attack on Pearl Harbor that catapulted the United States into World War II was a devastating blow, and forced the hand of the US to join the Second World War. The attack killed 2,403 US personnel, including 68 civilians, and destroyed or damaged 19 US Navy ships, including 8 battleships. More than 1,000 were […]
  • WWII Submarine Fleet WWII Submarine Fleet - WWII Submarine Fleet The Axis powers versus the Allied powers, also known as World War II, was aptly named for the sheer magnitude of the War. Warfare took place from the freezing cold of the Russian tundra to the sun soaked expansive Pacific Ocean. America, isolated at the beginning of the war, was abruptly forced […]
  • Pearl Harbor Heroes Rememberance Survivors and Heroes of the Attacks on Pearl Harbor - December 7th, 1941 was a fateful day for the USA. The nation stood by and observed in shock as the sky over the Hawaiian naval base darkened with more than 350 Japanese fighter planes as they launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Many lives were lost and heroes made that day. The navy fleet […]
  • Visit Pearl Harbor Battleship Missouri A few things to remember before you visit pearl harbor - Visit Pearl Harbor Every visitor to Hawaii should make time to see Pearl Harbor, the very lagoon that suffered a devastating surprise attack by the Japanese in 1941. This was the crucial event that led to an active involvement of the US in World War II. Even today, more than a thousand fallen men rest […]
  • Tours Pearl Harbor Attack The Greatest Tours of American History - December 7th, 1941 was a devastating day in American history, sucking the entire country into a war that was otherwise fought on foreign soil. Being a landmark day, you should stop and ask yourself: “Do I know everything I should?” Chances are, you can pinpoint it as the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, but […]
  • Propaganda poster More Recommended Pearl Harbor Books - There are hundreds of Pearl Harbor books. They range from Children’s books to in-depth historical analysis. Some cover the attack itself and others delve into a political analysis of the Pearl Harbor attack. Below is a list that our editors chose as the most readable and useful Pearl Harbor Books. Pearl Harbor Books about the Attack These […]
  • Matchbook Trickery Alex Matchbook Trickery - In wartime, generals use every tool in their arsenal – from ammunition to propaganda, even matchbooks! Psychological warfare—mind games—were powerful tools in the history of warfare and remain so today. The mind is a powerful tool, and many generals planning and waging war have taken advantage of that fact. One of the earliest historical examples […]
  • Pearl Harbor Specifics Pearl Harbor Attack Pearl Harbor Specifics - Everyone knows about Pearl Harbor, whether through film or high school history, it is remembered as the day that spurred America into action and changed the tide of World War II. Less well-known are the particulars, the details of one of most significant days in United States history. If the finer points of this historic […]
  • inflatables Inflatables in WW 2 - Inflatables—nothing more than plastic filled with air—are put to an endless amount of uses. Besides their entertainment value, inflatables can provide transportation, ranging from a child’s raft to a military-grade Zodiac. They can also be used to create an illusion, such as blow-up owls bobbing in the wind, keeping pesky pigeons away. Not the most […]
  • Pearl Harbor from Space Pearl Harbor Through History: Part 1 - Pearl Harbor and the Native Hawaiians Most people associate the name Pearl Harbor with one event – the surprise attack by the Japanese that drew America into World War II. December 7, 1941, certainly became “a date which will live in infamy,” as President Roosevelt predicted. But what most people don’t consider is that Pearl […]
  • Pearl Harbor Visitors Center Pearl Harbor Visitor Center – History, Renovations, and Now - On December 7th, 1941, Hawaii, along with the country as a whole, was dealt a terrible blow with the attack on Pearl Harbor. Commemorating that fateful day when over 2,400 American lives were lost, the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor is one of the most-visited sites in Hawaii, with well over one million people coming […]
  • DNA Helps Identify Victims DNA Helps Identify Victims of the Pearl Harbor Attack - USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted for Decades Later A total of 16 million Americans served in the military during the Second World War. Of these millions, 400,000 died and 79,000 of them remained unaccounted for. In the attack on Pearl Harbor alone, 2,335 heroes gave their lives in a single day. While the unidentified troops were […]
  • Day of Infamy FDR’s Day of Infamy - 24 hours with the President As far as President Franklin D. Roosevelt knew when he woke up on December 7, 1941, the negotiations between the United States and the Empire of Japan still held a hope of averting war between the nations. The talks were beginning to languish, but they had not yet fallen through—or […]
  • Wounded Warrior Games opening ceremony Wounded Warrior Games – Pacific - The first Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational was held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hosted primarily at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, this competition attracted a total of 150 participants. The Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational was the largest joint-service competition, after the annual Warrior Games. At the event, service members from the Special Operations Command, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and Marines took […]
  • World War II Memorial View of the Washington Monument and World War II Memorial (Pearl Harbor Dedication) - The National World War II Memorial is located between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Located at the east end of the Reflecting Pool, the memorial is open to all, at any time of the day or night. From 9:30 AM to 10 PM, park rangers are available to answer visitors’ questions. […]
  • Remembrance Run Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll Event Honors the Fallen - Last year, thousands of runners joined together to honor service members who have fallen since 9/11. Known as the Hero and Remembrance Run, this event spans eight kilometers. Whether individuals are in wheelchairs or want to sprint, the run is designed to be inclusive of every type of service member and their family. The Fisher […]
  • Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto Planned Attacks Why the Man who Planned the Attacks on Pearl Harbor Advised Against them - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto Planned Attacks “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” -From the diary of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto Yamamoto was a man of humble beginnings. Raised by a lower-class samurai warrior, Yamamoto’s name was originally Takano. After graduating from the Imperial Japanese […]