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. Continue reading President’s Message
In partnership with the Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources, Pacific Historic Parks created new signage for the Diamond Head Visitor Center on June 24. Continue reading Improvements at Diamond Head
We would like to recognize these recent donors for their contributions. Continue reading Mahalo to Donors!
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. Continue reading National Park Service Celebrates Centennial
Photos from educational summer activities at War in the Pacific National Monument, American Memorial Park and WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Continue reading Summer at the Park
Walter Tadao Oka had a front-row view of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. He was the 13th child, and ninth son, of parents who immigrated from Japan decades earlier and settled in the sugar plantation town of Aiea. Continue reading Walter T. Oka’s Eyewitness Account – Dec. 7, 1941
Americans of Japanese ancestry (AJAs) who served the United States in World War II answered distrust and suspicion with unsurpassed service and sacrifice. Continue reading Service of Japanese Americans in World War II
In the historical narrative of Dec. 7, 1941, a lesser known story is the 49 civilians who lost their lives. Kisa Hatate was one of those civilian casualties. Continue reading Kisa Hatate – Dec. 7, 1941 Civilian Casualty
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. Continue reading Ensigns and Sensei
In June, students from UHWO, led by Dr. William Belcher, headed into the former site of Hawaii’s largest and longest-operating internment and POW camp during World War II. Continue reading Honouliuli National Monument Summer Field School
In the Kalaupapa cemetery records, the Japanese grave markers written in kanji are simply noted with “O.C.” for Oriental characters. For more than 80 years the markers went untranslated until one spring day in April, 2016. Continue reading Translating Japanese Grave Markers
ParkEDU, a program funded entirely by Pacific Historic Parks, engaged a total of 29,568 students from 536 schools and youth groups this past school year. Continue reading ParkEDU Update
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. Continue reading Fieldtrip!
My name is Donald Stratton, USS Arizona survivor, one of six remaining. The 75th Anniversary is just around the corner, and I’m looking forward to seeing my shipmates again. Continue reading Pearl Harbor Gram