Historical Articles and Current News Articles - Pearl Harbor

Why Is the Bowfin Submarine at Pearl Harbor?

By: Mark Loproto

When you take a closer look at the different exhibits and memorials at Pearl Harbor, you find that some of them have no physical connection to the December 7, 1941 attack.... Read More

Lesser-Known Facts About USS Arizona

By: Mark Loproto

Today, the rusting hulk of the battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) sits at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona Memorial, honoring the 1,177 men who perished when the ship... Read More

Lesser-Known Facts About USS Missouri

By: Mark Loproto

A tour of the Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor brings with it an abundance of information. While schools teach the main events of World War II, it’s unlikely that the... Read More

When a Ship Is Decommissioned

By: Mark Loproto

The life cycle of a US Navy ship begins when its keel is laid down for construction. After construction is completed, she’s launched into the open water, where she undergoes... Read More

“Rosie the Riveter” Inspiration Has Died

By: Mark Loproto

As we watch the number of Pearl Harbor survivors dwindle, we also bid farewell to other icons of the Second World War. The latest World War II hero to pass... Read More

Why Is the Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor?

By: Mark Loproto

On September 2, 1945, representatives of the United States and the Allied nations met with Japanese officials for the signing of the Instrument of Surrender. It was the event that... Read More

Operation K: A Second Pearl Harbor Attack

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7, 1941, the United States suffered devastating losses during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The assault launched the War in the Pacific and put the entire nation... Read More

Understanding US Navy Ship Designations

By: Mark Loproto

For a civilian, understanding the terminology used by the United States Navy can seem complicated. When it comes to something as simple as the naming of ships, there’s a lot... Read More

Enola Gay: The Bomber That Ended World War II

By: Mark Loproto

There were many memorable ships and planes that played a larger-than-life role in the American war effort of the 1940s. Storied battleships, mighty aircraft carriers, and fearsome warplanes all contributed to... Read More

Best Pearl Harbor Tours for History Buffs

By: Mark Loproto

While it's true that every Pearl Harbor tour is great for anyone interested in history, some offer more than others. Someone who considers themselves a real history buff may not... Read More

Atomic Bomb Exhibit Comes to Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

After a grueling period of conflict and bloody battles, the United States made the difficult decision to drop two atomic bombs on Japan. The devastation caused by the bombings of... Read More

Donald Stratton, USS Arizona Survivor, Has Died

By: Mark Loproto

On the morning of December 7, 1941, six sailors were rescued from the burning and sinking USS Arizona (BB-39) by Joe George, a crew member of the repair ship USS... Read More

The America First Committee and Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

On September 4, 1940, as tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan mounted, the America First Committee was formed. Led by Yale Law student R. Douglas Stuart,... Read More

After the Fighting – Operation Magic Carpet

By: Mark Loproto

As the summer of 1945 drew to a close, Americans were rejoicing as news of the victory in the Pacific swept across the nation. After nearly four years of brutal... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Vega

By: Mark Loproto

Commissioned into service in the US Navy on December 21, 1921, the Sirius-class cargo ship USS Vega (AK-17) was originally launched as a Type 1022 civilian freighter named SS Lebanon. From 1921 to... Read More

Pearl Harbor Sites in Chronological Order

By: Mark Loproto

Pearl Harbor tours are planned out with predetermined itineraries based on each site's location rather than a historical timeline. If you consider the Pearl Harbor sites in chronological order, each... Read More

A Complete Guide to Pearl Harbor Tours

By: Mark Loproto

To get the most of your time at Pearl Harbor, an organized tour is highly recommended. It’s the most efficient way to explore the history of December 7, 1941. To... Read More

Seven Pearl Harbor Survivors Lost in January, 2020

By: Mark Loproto

Every year, as we get further in time from the events of December 7, 1941, we must bid farewell to an ever-increasing number of the heroes who lived through that... Read More

New Ships To Bear the Names Arizona and Oklahoma

By: Mark Loproto

It’s been over 75 years since a US Navy ship named USS Arizona or USS Oklahoma was in service. After being destroyed during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941,... Read More

New Aircraft Carrier To Be Named for Doris Miller

By: Mark Loproto

Many of the heroes of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor have been honored with medals and citations. Some have even had US Navy ships named in their... Read More

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