Pearl Harbor Survivors


Seven Pearl Harbor Survivors Lost in January, 2020

By: Mark Loproto

Every year, as we get further in time from the events of December 7, 1941, we must bid farewell to an ever-increasing number of the heroes who lived through that... Read More

In Memoriam: Pearl Harbor Survivors Lost in 2019

By: Mark Loproto

As the years move us ever further from the events of December 7, 1941, we find ourselves bidding farewell to more and more of the men who lived through the... Read More

USS Arizona Survivor Lou Conter Returns

By: Mark Loproto

In 2018, the Pearl Harbor anniversary commemoration took place with something missing. It was the first year that no survivors of the USS Arizona (BB-39) attended the Oahu ceremony. All... 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

Last Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Disbands

By: Mark Loproto

The last chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association held its final meeting in September, 2019, marking the official end of the historic association. Carnation Chapter 3 in La Mesa,... 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

USS Arizona Survivor Lonnie Cook Dies at 98

By: Mark Loproto

On July 31, 2019, the United States lost one of the few remaining survivors of the December 7, 1941 attack on USS Arizona (BB-39). Lonnie Cook, a native of Morris,... Read More

USS Oklahoma Survivor Celebrates 101st Birthday

By: Mark Loproto

Each passing year brings the loss of more and more survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack, so when one of these heroes celebrates a birthday, it’s cause for celebration. One... Read More

Pearl Harbor Survivor Milton Mapou Dies at 97

By: Mark Loproto

You may not know the name Milton Mapou, but the Central Ohio native was an American hero and a treasure to those who knew him. Mapou was present at Pearl... 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

In Memoriam: Pearl Harbor Survivors We Lost in 2018

By: Mark Loproto

Each year, the number of living survivors of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor grows smaller and smaller, making it more important than ever to hear and share... 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

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

Pearl Harbor Survivor James Bilotta Passes Away at 98

By: Mark Loproto

Many of the men who survived the tragic events of December 7, 1941 would spend their lives recounting the trials of not just that day, but the War in the... Read More

Ray Emory Bids Farewell to Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

More than 76 years ago, the nation was stunned when a fleet of Japanese bombers and fighters launched a surprise attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Oahu, HI.... Read More

Ray Chavez: Still On Duty at 106

By: Mark Loproto

One might expect that, at 106 years old, Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Chavez would be ready to retire from being a public figure. But for the oldest known Pearl Harbor... Read More

Pearl Harbor Survivor Elmer Luckett Dies at 97

By: Mark Loproto

“We noticed a lot of black smoke coming off of Ford Island, and just about that time, the Japanese started attacking Battleship Row,” Elmer Luckett recalled during a 2017 interview... Read More

Smith’s Union Bar – USS Arizona’s Watering Hole

By: Kellar Ellsworth

When most people think of Hawaii, they think of sun-drenched beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, water sports, and swaying palm trees. But Hawaii is also home to a lot of history, including... Read More

In Memoriam: Pearl Harbor Survivors We Lost in 2017

By: Mark Loproto

Just over seventy-six years ago, the United States suffered the loss of more than 2,400 Americans in a devastating attack that would force the nation into World War II and... Read More

Pearl Harbor Survivor Finally Gets His High School Diploma

By: Mark Loproto

The 1940s were a very different time in the United States. The opportunities afforded to teenagers today were far less abundant. Many opted to join the military just to have... Read More

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