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.

Donald Stratton, USS Arizona Survivor, Has Died

By: Mark Loproto

On the morning of December 7, 1941, six sailors were rescued from the burning and sinking USS Arizona (BB-39) by Joe George, a crew member of the repair ship USS... Read More

New Aircraft Carrier To Be Named for Doris Miller

By: Mark Loproto

Many of the heroes of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor have been honored with medals and citations. Some have even had US Navy ships named in their... 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

Another Honor for Pearl Harbor Hero Kenneth Taylor

By: Mark Loproto

On October 26, 2019, a man who became a hero on December 7, 1941 was again recognized for his bravery and selflessness in the face of the ferocious Japanese assault.... 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

Heroes of the Harbor: John Finn

By: Mark Loproto

The Medal of Honor isn’t an award given without careful thought and consideration, so those who are chosen to receive it are known for having gone above and beyond the... 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

The Civilian Pearl Harbor Hero

By: Mark Loproto

When George Walters reported for work on the morning of December 7, 1941, there was no way he could have been prepared for the dramatic turn his day would soon... Read More

Navy Ships Named for Pearl Harbor Heroes

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7, 1941, the United States was attacked by forces of the Imperial Japanese Navy. More than 2,400 Americans were killed during the raid and a legacy was born.... Read More

The Only Mission of USS Liscome Bay

By: Mark Loproto

On December 9, 1942, just over a year after the United States suffered the attack on Pearl Harbor, the keel of a new Casablanca–class escort carrier was laid down at... Read More

Pearl Harbor Heroes: Herbert C. Jones

By: Mark Loproto

As we’ve learned over time, heroes come in all ages, genders, and ethnicities. The attack on Pearl Harbor illustrates this point with the innumerable people who stepped up to help... Read More

Jack Vaessen and USS Utah

By: Mark Loproto

The morning of December 7, 1941 on the island of Oahu was chaos. While it’s likely that most of the sailors and Marines there knew exactly what was going on,... Read More

USS Schley Survivor Joe White

By: Mark Loproto

The 1930s were difficult for the United States. The Great Depression gripped the nation, causing economic worry from coast to coast. Families did what they could to survive. Even children... 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

Who Was Pearl Harbor’s Highest-Ranking Casualty?

By: Mark Loproto

Many names stand out when learning about the tragedy that unfolded at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Some are remembered for their bravery under fire, and a few were... Read More

Veterans Day 2018 in Hawaii

By: Mark Loproto

Every year on November 11, we honor the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect their nation. Visitors to Hawaii can take part in... Read More

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

Another Honor for Pearl Harbor Hero Joe George

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7, 2017, Joe George, a man best known for his heroics during the Pearl Harbor attack that saved several sailors trapped on the USS Arizona (BB-39), was posthumously... Read More

Francis Flaherty: Hero of USS Oklahoma

By: Mark Loproto

On December 14, 1941, seven days after the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, John Flaherty received a box of Christmas presents from his brother in Hawaii. At about the... Read More

Harry Simoneaux, Pearl Harbor, and the War in the Pacific

By: Mark Loproto

To be in charge of damage control during the attack on Pearl Harbor would guarantee witnessing the horrifying scene up close. Harry Simoneaux, a damage control officer aboard the destroyer... Read More