President’s Message

This fall issue of Remembrance conveys a very special message to our members and community as we ramp up to the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor this coming Dec. 7th. You see, it was not just an attack on Pearl Harbor … the human story goes beyond the brave men in uniform that day at the Naval Base, Hickam Field, Ewa Field, Kaneohe NAS and Ford Island. There is also an Oahu story that includes American citizens of Japanese ancestry who suffered untold hardship and would end up in a war fought on two fronts.

National Park Service Celebrates Centennial

Here at WWII Valor in the Pacific it is a truly momentous year. It is the Centennial of the National Park Service, in October it will be the centennial of the commissioning of the USS Arizona, and, of course, this December we mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Oahu which launched the United Stated into the Second World War.

Ensigns and Sensei

During World War II in Stillwater, Okla., home of Oklahoma A&M College, city and school officials had sought various military programs to benefit the local economy. After several missed opportunities, in April 1945, they were chosen to develop a new site for the U.S. Navy’s Japanese Language School, where ensigns would learn Japanese — the goal being to prepare for an invasion and occupation of Japan.

Fieldtrip!

For many students that can’t come to Hawaii to visit the hallowed grounds of Pearl Harbor, the National World War II Museum (NWWIIM) in New Orleans is preparing to launch a virtual classroom experience in their museum on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

My Most Memorable Experience

On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941 the USS Sacramento was tied up to a dock in Pearl Harbor. I was two decks below reading the Sunday newspaper. Occasionally I would peer through the porthole to watch harbor activity and to admire the battleships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. They were lined up in two rows abreast and, this morning, were preparing for church services. Even though I was little more than a recruit, I was so very proud to be a part of the U.S. Navy, the greatest Navy in the world according to the military experts of the time and to 19-year-old Jack H. Moore, Seaman 2/c.