Pearl Harbor Survivors, World War II veterans, their families and visitors from all over the United States and from around the world gathered to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor from Dec. 1 – 11. Continue reading Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future
Honoring Pearl Harbor Survivors and World War II veterans Continue reading Salute!
With the passing of Herbert Weatherwax on Dec. 12, we lost a humble and selfless man who was a hero to so many of us. There are people who have a profound impact on the lives they touch. Herb was one such man. Continue reading Herb Weatherwax (1917-2016)
On Dec. 7, USS Arizona Survivors John D. Anderson and Clarendon R. Hetrick were solemnly returned to the USS Arizona in a unique double interment ceremony, hosted by the National Park Service and U.S. Navy. Continue reading Pearl Harbor Gram: Double Interment Ceremony
It started with a phone call he almost didn’t answer. When John Hamrick did finally pick up, it was the National Park Service asking if he’d be interested in repairing the flagpole at the USS Arizona Memorial in preparation for the 75th Commemoration ceremonies. Continue reading Volunteer Repairs Memorial Flagpole
A hand-sewn Japanese flag that once flew over the ship where Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto gave the order to attack Pearl Harbor was donated to World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument on Oct. 13. Continue reading Nagato Flag Donated to Museum
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
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
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!
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. Continue reading My Most Memorable Experience
Historian and author Pierre Moulin (1948-2016) passed away recently. He was frequently present at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center autographing his books. Continue reading In Memoriam: Pierre Moulin