Learning Pearl Harbor


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

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

How Accurate Is the New Midway Movie?

By: Mark Loproto

When you immerse yourself in history, it becomes clear how important it is for the theatrical movies that  claim to depict real events to be as accurate as possible. While... Read More

Pearl Harbor Survivors Tell Their Stories

By: Mark Loproto

Before embarking on a Pearl Harbor tour, it's a great idea to get some background about the December 7, 1941 attack. First-hand accounts are the best way to get a... Read More

The US Navy Pearl Harbor Shuttle Boats

By: Mark Loproto

Standing on the shoreline at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, you see that you’re separated from the USS Arizona Memorial by a stretch of water. Though you know that the... Read More

What Does it Mean When a Ship is Listing?

By: Mark Loproto

Understanding the events of December 7, 1941 doesn’t require you to be an expert in naval or technical terminology. The memorials, museums, and other attractions provide a historical overview of... Read More

Terms To Know: Shakedown and Overhaul

By: Mark Loproto

Reading through military history is likely to bring up a few unfamiliar words and phrases. For instance, what does it mean when a vessel undergoes a “shakedown cruise” or an... 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

Read Before You Go: All the Gallant Men

By: Mark Loproto

Every Pearl Harbor survivor has a fascinating story to tell. On the morning of December 7, 1941, an aerial striking force of the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack... Read More

Reading Pearl Harbor: I Attacked Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

Published in 1949, four years after the end of World War II, I Attacked Pearl Harbor is a first-hand account of the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor, told from an... Read More

Naval Terminology: Manning the Rail

By: Bruce Danforth

Every branch of the United States Military has its own traditions. For the US Navy, Manning the Rail is an old practice that has gained special meaning at Pearl Harbor.... Read More

Studying the Effects of the Black Tears of USS Arizona

By: Mark Loproto

Since the morning of December 7, 1941, they’ve been slowly leaking from the cracked hull of USS Arizona (BB-39), rising to create pools that float on the surface of Pearl... Read More

World War II Terms to Know: Kamikaze

By: Mark Loproto

Most of the War in the Pacific following the attack on Pearl Harbor was fought with bombs, artillery shells, and bullets. The Japanese, however, had an additional method of attacking.... Read More

Terms To Know: Naval Vessel Register

By: Mark Loproto

Learning about the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the war that followed, there are certain words and phrases that might not be familiar to everyone. When discussing... Read More

Pearl Harbor Terminology: What is a Fleet Problem?

By: Mark Loproto

Studying and understanding the attack on Pearl Harbor, the reasons behind it, and the events leading up to it can be a complicated task. It’s not simply a straightforward matter... Read More

Learning Pearl Harbor: What Is a Dry Dock?

By: Mark Loproto

As you explore the fascinating history of the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, specifically the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack that forced the Americans into World War II, you’re... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Dobbin

By: Mark Loproto

On May 5th, 1921, a new destroyer tender was launched. Commissioned into the US Navy in July of 1924, USS Dobbin (AD-3) was named for former Secretary of the Navy James Cochrane... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Detroit

By: Bruce Danforth

USS Detroit (CL-8), an Omaha-class light cruiser, was first laid down on November 10, 1920 and commissioned into the US Navy on July 31, 1923. Detroit's early years were mainly... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Tennessee

By: Mark Loproto

On April 30, 1919, a new battleship class was launched. Named for its lead ship, the Tennessee-class offered more robust protection from enemy torpedoes as well as fire-control systems for... Read More

Beyond Torpedoes and Bombs: What is Strafing?

By: Mark Loproto

When learning about the details of the morning of December 7, 1941, when the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack on the United States Naval Base in Oahu, the... Read More

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