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
“Eternal rest grant unto them and let perpetual light shine upon them and may they rest in peace.” Continue reading Prayer for the Dead
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
Your contributions help us meet our mission to ensure that the legacy of the valiant, courageous men and women who served our country during World War II are never forgotten. Continue reading You Make it Happen!
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