History


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

“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

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

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

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

Wai Momi: Pearl Harbor and the Native Hawaiians

By: Joe Hyeon

Most people associate the name Pearl Harbor with one event - the surprise attack by the Japanese that drew America into World War II. December 7, 1941, certainly became “a... Read More

Three Events That Altered the Course of the War

By: Mark Loproto

At the start of the War in the Pacific, the United States had suffered devastating defeats that made it seem as if the Empire of Japan could conquer the Pacific.... Read More

Dissecting Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy” Speech

By: Mark Loproto

On Monday, December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of the United States Congress to discuss the events that unfolded at Pearl Harbor the previous... Read More

What To Read and Watch Before Visiting Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

Though the attack on Pearl Harbor only lasted about two hours, the number of books and other writings, TV shows, and movies about the events of December 7, 1941 is... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Tern

By: Mark Loproto

Launched in March 1919 and commissioned into service on May 17 of the same year, the Lapwing-class minesweeper USS Tern (AM-31) was first assigned to Train Squadron 2 of the... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS USS Macdonough

By: Mark Loproto

The keel of the destroyer that would become known as USS Macdonough (DD-351) was laid down at the Boston Navy Yard in May of 1933, eight years before the outbreak... Read More

Wreckage of USS Strong Located

By: Mark Loproto

Paul Allen passed away in 2018, but the expedition team he once spearheaded is still going strong, carrying on his legacy of uncovering important pieces of history in the Pacific.... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Schley

By: Mark Loproto

USS Schley (DD-103) was laid down on October 29, 1917. The new Wickes-class destroyer was equipped like other destroyers of the time: with an arsenal that would make her a... Read More

Closing In: The Battle of Saipan

By: Mark Loproto

From the moment the United States decimated the Imperial Japanese Navy at the Battle of Midway, every decision was crucial. The war had reached a turning point and one wrong... Read More

Wreckage of USS Hornet Located

By: Mark Loproto

On October 26, 1942, during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) was lost to the Pacific. In January of 2019, just a week... Read More

History’s Not Your Thing. Visit Pearl Harbor Anyway.

By: Mark Loproto

Not everyone is an American history buff. Or any history, for that matter. World History may not have been your strongest subject and you’ve yet to spend more than five... Read More

Why Don’t We Call It the “Battle of Pearl Harbor”?

By: Mark Loproto

Reading the history books about World War II and the War in the Pacific, you’ll find chapters on the Battle of Iwo Jima, the Battle of Okinawa, the Battle of... Read More

December 1941: The Tide of War Turns

By: Mark Loproto

On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland, launching the Second World War in Europe. Across the Atlantic, the United States showed no appetite for getting involved in the European conflict.... Read More

Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor Has Died at 106

By: Mark Loproto

Ray Chavez, the oldest Pearl Harbor survivor, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 21, 2018. He was 106. According to his daughter Kathleen Chavez, the veteran’s health had... Read More

Wartime Blackouts: From Drills to Reality

By: Mark Loproto

Relations between the United States and Japan were quickly deteriorating. The rulers of Japan wanted to occupy more and more of China and Southeast Asia. The United States sought to... Read More

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