Historical Articles and Current News Articles - Pearl Harbor Reservations

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

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

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

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

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

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

USS California Survivor Robert Boulton Remembers December 7, 1941

By: m gurnas

[Editor's note: The following are the recollections of USS California survivor Robert Boulton. We are reproducing them exactly as written. Please be advised that some of the descriptions are graphic,... Read More

Legacy of a Pearl Harbor Survivor Published

By: Mark Loproto

One of the best routes to understanding the attack on Pearl Harbor is through the words of those who lived through it. On the 78th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor... Read More

Pearl Harbor Souvenirs

By: Mark Loproto

Everybody loves to bring home keepsakes when they travel. When it comes to Pearl Harbor, souvenirs allow you to remember the experience of visiting this important historic site. The question... Read More

Unprepared for Attack: December 7, 1941

By: Mark Loproto

The element of surprise leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor was the core reason why the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service was able to inflict so much destruction... Read More

Common Myths About Pearl Harbor Tours

By: Mark Loproto

During your research while deciding among the different Pearl Harbor tours, you may come across quite a few opinions about participating in tours in and why you’re better off going... Read More

Pearl Harbor Survivor George Hursey Dies at 98

By: Mark Loproto

As we move ever further away in time from the events of December 7, 1941, we continue to bid farewell to the brave men and women who lived through the... Read More

World War II Aircraft: B-29 Superfortress

By: Mark Loproto

B-29 Superfortress: Born of Necessity The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 forced the United States into  military conflict with a powerful and bold opponent. The forces of... Read More

Last-Minute Pearl Harbor Tours

By: Mark Loproto

Planning a vacation can be difficult. There are so many moving parts to make fit together. Flights, ground transportation, accommodations. That’s why, try as you might to get everything done... Read More

Will USS Arizona Ever Be Raised?

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu, was the site of a surprise attack that resulted in the loss of more than 2,400 lives. The primary... Read More

Best Pearl Harbor Tours for Shutterbugs

By: Mark Loproto

For any photography buff,  knowing how and where to get the best shots is vital, and the Pearl Harbor National Memorial is no exception. There is so much to see... Read More

How Battleships Were Named

By: Mark Loproto

When learning about the ships that were at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, you may start to wonder about some of their names. For example, you might be thinking... Read More

Beyond Pearl Harbor – Other Sights on Tour

By: Mark Loproto

All Pearl Harbor tours include the USS Arizona Memorial program, and many add in some or all of the other attractions there. But what about after you've seen the Pearl... Read More

USS Arizona Memorial Reopens to Visitors

By: Mark Loproto

Undergoing critical repairs since May of 2018, the USS Arizona Memorial has been closed to the public. Beginning on September 1, 2019, visitors will once again be able to board... Read More

What Is Victory Disease?

By: Mark Loproto

Looking at the actions of the Japanese military during the early phases of the War in the Pacific, it’s reasonable to believe that they may have gotten overzealous with their... Read More

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