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New Ships To Bear the Names Arizona and Oklahoma

By: Mark Loproto

It’s been over 75 years since a US Navy ship named USS Arizona or USS Oklahoma was in service. After being destroyed during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941,... 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

Battleship Missouri Marked a Major Milestone

By: Mark Loproto

On December 28, 2019, the Battleship Missouri marked a major milestone as she welcomed her nine-millionth visitor, a number that shows just how popular Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are. The... 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

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 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

Technology of R/V Petrel Aids in Major Discoveries

By: Mark Loproto

If you’ve been following the many discoveries of the R/V Petrel expeditions, you likely have given some thought to the type of equipment used by the pioneering researchers. Founded—and funded—by the... 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

Participant in Iwo Jima Photo Identified

By: Mark Loproto

American history is constantly being revised as new information and technologies emerge. As time goes on, and those who were present for some of the most historic moments pass away,... Read More

Pearl Harbor Hosts Gala Midway Movie Screening

By: Mark Loproto

It was the turning point of the War in the Pacific for the United States Navy, following the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In late 2019,... 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

Visitors Return to the USS Arizona Memorial

By: Mark Loproto

After a period of repairs that lasted 15 months, visitors to Pearl Harbor will finally be able to return to the USS Arizona Memorial, beginning on September 1, 2019. The... Read More

Wreckage of USS Wasp Located

By: Mark Loproto

In the month of February, 2019 alone, the expedition organized by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen found the wreckage of three World War II warships at the bottom of... Read More

Wreckage of USS Strong Located

By: Mark Loproto

Paul Allen passed away in 2018, but the expedition team he once spearheaded is still going strong, carrying on his legacy of uncovering important pieces of history in the Pacific.... Read More

Wreckage of Japanese Battleship Hiei Located

By: Mark Loproto

Although Paul Allen passed away in October of 2018, R/V Petrel continues its search for sunken relics of World War II. The research vessel’s most recent discovery is the wreckage... Read More

Albert L. Kaiss, Last Commander of the Mighty Mo, Dies at 78

By: Mark Loproto

On July 25, 2018, at the age of 78, Albert L. Kaiss passed away in his hometown of Hagerstown, MD. On March 31, 1992, in Long Beach, CA, Captain Kaiss stepped... Read More

USS Juneau Sailor Finally Receives Recognition

By: Mark Loproto

On November 13, 1942, during the Battle of Guadalcanal, USS Juneau (CL-52) was hit by several torpedoes from the Japanese submarine I-26 and sank. All but ten men died, some... Read More

Dredging Up—and Blowing Up—Pearl Harbor’s Past

By: Mark Loproto

Remnants from the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor are still being uncovered, despite the passage of 77 years since it unfolded. Recently, new discoveries have been made at... Read More

USS Oklahoma Sailor William Hellstern Identified

By: Bruce Danforth

It started with a DNA sample. Ted Hummell never knew his uncle William Hellstern, but he had heard about him all his life from his mother, Jeanne. William Francis Hellstern... 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

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