Pearl Harbor Survivors


To those who served our armed forces and experienced the dreadful attack on Pearl Harbor: We salute you. Your stories are important and we hope that by posting your stories we help everyone to Remember Pearl Harbor.

Many of our brave Pearl Harbor Survivors are no longer with us. It is our duty to keep alive the memories of those who survived and lived to tell their stories, as well as the memories of the heroes who perished at Pearl Harbor.

If you are one of the Pearl Harbor Survivors or you have a friend or relative who is, please contact us. While we are mainly focused on the armed forces personnel at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, we also appreciate stories about civilian Pearl Harbor Survivors.

Our Pearl Harbor Survivor section is growing. It is sorted by the most recent stories. If you are looking for a specific survivor, please search.

There is no official government list of Pearl Harbor Survivors. Many have chosen to remain quite about the horrendous attack. Others have joined groups to ensure the stories are told. There are organizations dedicated both to Pearl Harbor Survivors and their children.

If you are related to a survivor or a hero and have been touched by one of their stories, please take the time to comment on their page and like it on Facebook. Their families have told us how happy it makes them to see others continuing to show appreciation for the sacrifices these men and women made.

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

Mal Middlesworth: Still Telling His Story

By: Mark Loproto

He was only one month shy of graduating when Mal Middlesworth enlisted with the United States Marine Corps, leaving behind his family and his high school sweetheart, JoJean Ciraulo. It... Read More

Pearl Harbor Survivor Robert Coles Passes Away

By: Mark Loproto

The passing of time is a detriment to the preservation of history. The further we get from an event, the greater the likelihood that some details of it will be... Read More

USS Honolulu Survivor Charles Mitchell

By: Mark Loproto

Charles Mitchell, who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor while serving aboard the USS Honolulu (CL-48), passed away on September 28th, 2017, at the age of 94. When we discuss the... Read More

Pearl Harbor Reading: Lauren Bruner’s Second to the Last to Leave USS Arizona

By: Mark Loproto

There are many sources you can go to for your history lessons, especially for something that was as relatively recent in American history as the attack on Pearl Harbor. Occurring... Read More

Remembering Robert May, USS Arizona Survivor

By: Mark Loproto

To have survived the sinking of the USS Arizona was a miracle that not many of her crew were afforded. When she sank to the bottom of Pearl Harbor, her... Read More

Bernie Comito and His Secret to Longevity

By: Mark Loproto

Over 75 years ago, Bernard Comito found himself thrust into one of the most devastating days in American history. Only 17 years old, Bernie Comito had just enlisted in the... Read More

Frank Emond – Still Serving After 75 Years

By: Mark Loproto

Many of the men and women who survived Pearl Harbor—and World War II in general—never really concluded their service. They may have retired, been honorably discharged, and never worked on a military... 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

Honoring Pearl Harbor Survivor William M. Wood

By: Chris Ramos

They say that history has a way of linking events together and repeating itself. In 1809, the first Surgeon General of the US Navy, William Maxwell Wood, was born. In... Read More

Honoring Pearl Harbor Survivor Adolph Kuhn

By: Chris Ramos

INTRODUCTION Adolph Kuhn: An American Journey (1921-Present) Amazed at the grandeur of Oz when she first arrived, Dorothy proclaimed to Toto, “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Following... Read More

Last Man Standing: Honoring Pearl Harbor Survivor Alex Horanzy

By: Chris Ramos

INTRODUCTION Some say that the origin of the phrase “the last man standing” refers to the last military cadet still able to continue a drill when all others have succumbed... Read More

Honoring Pearl Harbor Survivor Herb Weatherwax

By: Chris Ramos

INTRODUCTION Smile! Click. Post. Repeat. Herb Weatherwax, a spry 98-year-old World War II veteran, has been spreading aloha to tourists and locals at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center for nearly... Read More

One Step at a Time: Honoring Pearl Harbor Survivor Raymond Barron Chavez

By: Chris Ramos

INTRODUCTION Walking in the country that you love – is that your favorite thing to do? It’s #1 on Ray Chavez's  list, according to an interview with 10News earlier this year. At... Read More

Honoring Pearl Harbor Survivor John Seelie

By: Chris Ramos

INTRODUCTION Somehow the 74th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor just wouldn’t be the same without World War II veteran, John Seelie in attendance. Currently living in Englewood, Florida,... Read More

Pearl Harbor Survivor Back to Hawaii for Dec. 7th Ceremony!

By: Bruce D.

UPDATE (11/18/2015): Thank you to everyone who supported the efforts to bring John Seelie, an incredible Pearl Harbor Survivor back to Hawaii for the 74th Anniversary. He has received all... Read More

100 Year Old Pearl Harbor Survivor Wayne Shelnutt

By: Bruce Danforth

Check out this excellent article by Pete Mecca of the Rockdale News about Pearl Harbor Survivor Wayne Shelnutt. His account of the attack is quite fascinating. He served aboard the... Read More

Will Lehner USS Ward Pearl Harbor Survivor Honored

By: Bruce D.

Pearl Harbor Survivor Will Lehner of the destroyer, USS Ward, was honored at Wisconsin State War Memorial.  The honor included a stone placed in remembrance of Lehner's service at Pearl Harbor... Read More

Pearl Harbor Survivor Couple – Betty and Warren Schott

By: Bruce D.

We first heard about the Pearl Harbor Survivor Couple, Betty and Warren Schott, in an article in the Spokesman-Review by Cindy Hval.  This remarkable couple was living on Ford Island... Read More

Pearl Harbor Survivor from Colorado James Downing

By: Chris Ramos

INTRODUCTION Remember Pearl Harbor. Weakness invites aggression. Keep America strong. Nobody spreads this message better than Jim Downing. For anyone who has had the opportunity to be engaged by his sharp... Read More