Historical Articles and Current News Articles - Pearl Harbor Reservations

Aircraft of the Pacific: Stinson L-5 Sentinel

By: m gurnas

It’s not one of the more famous World War II-era aircraft on display at the Pacific Aviation Museum, but the Stinson L-5 Sentinel played an important role in World War... Read More

Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park: Outdoor Exhibits

By: Mark Loproto

One of the main attractions of the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites is the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park. In addition to the iconic submarine herself, the site features an... Read More

Mapping the Depths of Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

What’s the best method of exploring the waters of Pearl Harbor to see what may lie below the surface? A research submersible is an option, but the manpower and hours... Read More

Football and Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

While it’s tempting to visualize the entire nation coming to a stunned standstill the moment the first bombs dropped on Pearl Harbor, that was actually not the case. As thousands... Read More

Pearl Harbor Survivor Ed Johann Turns 95

By: Birte Petersen

In 1941, one of the greatest tragedies in American history happened at Pearl Harbor, in the Territory of Hawaii, when Japanese airplanes launched a surprise attack on the Navy base... Read More

4th of July Fireworks over Honolulu

By: Mark Loproto

People in Hawaii are known for their love of fireworks. Any holiday is an excuse for a good pyrotechnic show. In fact,  the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki puts on... Read More

Named for a Legend: USS Nimitz Turns 50

By: m gurnas

December 7th, 1941 changed many lives forever. Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Nimitz was promoted to head the US Pacific Fleet, eventually becoming commander of all sea,... Read More

Pearl Harbor and the Visiting Football Teams

By: Mark Loproto

The political climate between the United States and Japan was tense when a group of college athletes from two football teams set out from California to Hawaii in November 1941,... Read More

Edward Killeen, USS Tennessee Survivor

By: Birte Petersen

Edward Killeen was born on June 18, 1922 in Phoenix, Arizona. Growing up in that landlocked place, he didn't have an opportunity to travel by sea or experience life aboard... Read More

Bridge Named in Honor of Donald Stratton

By: Mark Loproto

More than 76 years have passed since the attack on Pearl Harbor and we are still finding new and inventive ways to recognize and honor the brave men who survived... Read More

The Hospital Ship USS Solace

By: Mark Loproto

For 14 years, the SS Iroquois sailed the world’s waters as a passenger ship. It was a relatively quiet and calm life, save for the possibility of the occasional seasick... Read More

The Story of Haleiwa Fighter Strip

By: Mark Loproto

Prior to the outbreak of war in the Pacific, Haleiwa Fighter Strip on Oahu's North Shore seemed like more of an afterthought than an actual military installation. It served as... Read More

Other Targets: Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay

By: Mark Loproto

The targets of the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7, 1941 weren't limited to the ships at the Oahu naval base. The eight battleships moored at Battleship Row were the... Read More

Mal Middlesworth: Still Telling His Story

By: Mark Loproto

He was only one month shy of graduating when Mal Middlesworth enlisted with the United States Marine Corps, leaving behind his family and his high school sweetheart, JoJean Ciraulo. It... Read More

Other Targets: Schofield Barracks

By: Mark Loproto

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, their main objective was to decimate US naval power in the Pacific by destroying the  the battleships moored along Battleship... Read More

Cornelia Fort Honored with Museum Exhibit

By: Mark Loproto

The life and work of inadvertent Pearl Harbor participant Cornelia Fort have earned recognition more than 76 years later with the dedication of a plane and accompanying exhibit at the... Read More

An Axis is Formed: The Tripartite Pact

By: Mark Loproto

On September 27th, 1940, representatives from Japan, Italy, and Germany gathered in Berlin to sign a mutual-defense treaty known as the Tripartite Pact (or the Berlin Pact). The agreement was... Read More

The Courts of the Missing

By: Mark Loproto

Most people take comfort in being able to visit the graves of their departed loved ones, or at least to know where their remains end up. But after the tragedy... Read More

The Other Yamamoto – An American Hero

By: Mark Loproto

In 1936, Fred Yamamoto graduated from Palo Alto High School with a bright future ahead of him. The young man kept a diary that he wrote in often, jotting down... Read More

Planning Guide for Visiting Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

Pearl Harbor is an iconic location, a major piece of the history of not just Hawaii, but of the United States and the world. The December 7, 1941 attack changed... Read More