Pearl Harbor History

  • 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 […]
  • How Japan Kept Pearl Harbor a Surprise - To a civilian thinking about the logistics of a surprise attack on a military base, it seems almost impossible to pull off. We tend to imagine untouchable bases protected by the best military defense and watched over by enough detection equipment that even a seagull flying hundreds of miles away could be spotted. Of course, Pearl Harbor […]
  • 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 […]
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