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.
November 28, 2018
Joseph Gasper survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, though for a few terrible moments he wasn't sure he would. On the morning of December 7th, 1941, Gasper was taking part... Read More
October 24, 2018
John Danaher celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday, October 20, 2018 surrounded by his friends and loved ones. Like any time an individual joins the club of centenarians, it was... Read More
July 10, 2018
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
May 29, 2018
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
November 7, 2017
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
October 4, 2017
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
August 4, 2017
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
July 22, 2017
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
July 6, 2017
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
May 26, 2017
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
April 1, 2017
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
December 5, 2015
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
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
December 4, 2015
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
December 2, 2015
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
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
December 1, 2015
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
November 9, 2015
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
August 16, 2015
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
July 15, 2015
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