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.

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

Legacy of a Pearl Harbor Survivor Published

By: Mark Loproto

One of the best routes to understanding the attack on Pearl Harbor is through the words of those who lived through it. On the 78th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor... Read More

Pearl Harbor Survivor George Hursey Dies at 98

By: Mark Loproto

As we move ever further away in time from the events of December 7, 1941, we continue to bid farewell to the brave men and women who lived through the... Read More

George Murray Turns 100

By: m gurnas

On March 31, 2019, George Murray, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by his wife of 72 years, four daughters, 10 grandchildren, and... Read More

Pearl Harbor Survivor Patrick McIntyre Passes Away at 96

By: m gurnas

The Memphis, Tennessee area said goodbye to its last known Pearl Harbor survivor with the passing of Patrick McIntyre on January 25, 2019. At 96 years old, McIntyre was one... Read More

Experiencing Pearl Harbor Without Seeing It

By: Mark Loproto

When we think of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor,we usually picture sailors scrambling on the decks to abandon ship or take up arms to fight back against... 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

Joseph Gasper Still Going Strong at 100

By: Mark Loproto

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

USS Nevada Survivor John Danaher Turns 100

By: Mark Loproto

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

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