Pearl Harbor Heroes


Not all heroes wear capes. On the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, so many brave crewmen showed immense courage in the face of grave danger and made their countrymen proud. From rescuing others to returning Japanese fire, these crewmen went above and beyond the call of duty that day and saved many lives.

Find out more about these Pearl Harbor heroes and discover their touching stories of bravery and selflessness.

The Nelsons of USS Arizona

By: Mark Loproto

The December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor was an effort by Imperial Japan to destroy—or at the very least seriously disable—the US Navy's Pacific Fleet. Battleships serving out of... 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

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 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

Navy Chaplain Awarded Silver Star

By: Mark Loproto

The attack on Pearl Harbor produced heroes of all kinds, and not all of them were fighting men. In a ceremony coinciding with the 76th anniversary of the attack, naval... Read More

Pearl Harbor Hero Doris Miller Statue Unveiled

By: Mark Loproto

Many heroes came out of the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, men who risked their  lives for the sake of their fellow serviceman. Many jumped into the flaming, oil-slicked waters... Read More

A Very Special Birthday Present

By: Mark Loproto

What do you get a man who survived one of the most devastating events in United States history, a 97-year-old survivor who’s seen the world change time and time again,... Read More

DNA Identification and the Men of the Oklahoma

By: Mark Loproto

For more than seven decades, the families of many of the 429 men who perished when the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) sank were unable to give their loved ones a proper... Read More

Heroes of the Harbor: Anna Urda Busby

By: Mark Loproto

Not long after the United States was dragged into World War II, the role of America's women changed drastically. Once limited to being schoolteachers, housewives, and secretaries, many women found... Read More

Julio DeCastro: Hero of the USS Oklahoma

By: Mark Loproto

Over 2400 Americans lost their lives when the Japanese launched their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. But amid the tragedy, there were also tales of heroism, of men who swooped... Read More

The Ill-Fated Captain of the USS Arizona

By: Mark Loproto

The USS Arizona (BB-39) suffered a fate on December 7th, 1941 that would make her one of the most iconic battleships of all time. During the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor,... Read More

Pearl Harbor’s Medal of Honor Recipients

By: Mark Loproto

Many heroes rose to the occasion during the attack on Pearl Harbor, but some were recognized for their heroic efforts to protect their fellow servicemen. For their service, many received... Read More

Howard Linn, USS Nevada Survivor

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7th, 1941, the Japanese assaulted Pearl Harbor, killing over 2,400 American sailors, Marines, and civilians. On March 19th, 2017, Howard Linn, a former sailor aboard the USS Nevada... Read More

Heroes of the Harbor: John S. Harper

By: Mark Loproto

Before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Navy men like John S. Harper were simply doing their jobs. They woke up, got dressed, and engaged in their daily activities just... Read More

Heroes of the Harbor: Doris Miller

By: Steve Fagaly

The First U.S. Hero of World War II When the first Japanese bomber entered Hawaiian territory on December 7th, 1941, very few people probably stopped and thought about how they... Read More

Heroes of the Harbor: Samuel Fuqua

By: Steve Fagaly

When the Japanese arrived at Pearl Harbor and commenced its bombing of the military base and surrounding region, many Americans jumped into action. Thousands of men were thrust into battle and, as... Read More

The Heroic Story of Raymond Ortiz Salsedo

By: emerg

On December 7, 1941, 49 civilians were killed when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. They were fire department employees, government staff, and locals who were simply going about their day. We... Read More

5 Pearl Harbor Heroes You Need To Know About

By: emerg

During the attack on Pearl Harbor, men didn’t have much time to think about their actions. They simply did what they could do, or what they thought they needed to... Read More

George V. Martin

By: Daniel Garcia

George V. Martin was 22 when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. He was assigned to HQ + HQ Squadron Hawaiian Air Force (which was later re-designated the 7th A.F.)... Read More

JONES, Herbert C.

By: Bruce Danforth

Medal of Honor Winner Herbert Jones was a young officer in the Navy. He died rescuing others during the attack. His wife, Joanne was living in Honolulu, in officer living quarters. Joanne... Read More