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.
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.
We would like to recognize these recent donors for their contributions.
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.
Photos from educational summer activities at War in the Pacific National Monument, American Memorial Park and WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
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.
Americans of Japanese ancestry (AJAs) who served the United States in World War II answered distrust and suspicion with unsurpassed service and sacrifice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
On June 23, the only three known Pearl Harbor Survivors living in Nebraska met at the Heartland Veterans Memorial at South Park in Central City, Neb., for a reunion — to be honored for their service to their country.
“Eternal rest grant unto them and let perpetual light shine upon them and may they rest in peace.”
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.