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A Complete Guide to Pearl Harbor Tours

By: Mark Loproto

To get the most of your time at Pearl Harbor, an organized tour is highly recommended. It’s the most efficient way to explore the history of December 7, 1941. To… Read More

The Lucky Vessels of Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

Just under 100 ships were stationed at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese flew in and launched a surprise attack on the unsuspecting naval base. While the main targets for attackers… Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Shaw

By: Mark Loproto

In the history books, chapters about the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor are often accompanied by an iconic image: the explosion of a ship taken from a distance.… Read More

Studying the Effects of the Black Tears of USS Arizona

By: Mark Loproto

Since the morning of December 7, 1941, they’ve been slowly leaking from the cracked hull of USS Arizona (BB-39), rising to create pools that float on the surface of Pearl… Read More

Named for a Legend: USS Nimitz Turns 50

By: m gurnas

December 7th, 1941 changed many lives forever. Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Nimitz was promoted to head the US Pacific Fleet, eventually becoming commander of all sea,… Read More

Getting to Know the Late “Uncle Herb” Weatherwax

By: Joe Hyeon

Herb Weatherwax was born on June 3rd, 1917. Almost 24 years later, the native Hawaiian was drafted into the Army and found himself stationed at Schofield Barracks in Wahiawa. The… Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Antares

By: Mark Loproto

Named for the brightest star in the Scorpius constellation, USS Antares (AG-10, later re-designated AKS-3) was laid down in 1918 and commissioned into the US Navy on February 23, 1922.… Read More

The Nelsons of USS Arizona

By: Mark Loproto

The December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor was an effort by Imperial Japan to destroy—or at the very least seriously disable—the US Navy's Pacific Fleet. Battleships serving out of… Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Blue

By: Mark Loproto

Just over six years before the Imperial Japanese Navy launched its devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, USS Blue (DD-387), a Bagley-class destroyer, was laid down at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.… Read More

The Courts of the Missing

By: Mark Loproto

Most people take comfort in being able to visit the graves of their departed loved ones, or at least to know where their remains end up. But after the tragedy… Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Tennessee

By: Mark Loproto

On April 30, 1919, a new battleship class was launched. Named for its lead ship, the Tennessee-class offered more robust protection from enemy torpedoes as well as fire-control systems for… Read More

Exploring the Battleship Missouri

By: Mark Loproto

Now that you have your trip to Oahu booked, you can start planning for a trek back in time at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument… Read More

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

American Aviation History on Ford Island

By: Mark Loproto

Most tours of Pearl Harbor include stops at the museums and monuments on Ford Island. Located in the middle of Pearl Harbor, Ford Island is a 441-acre island that's prominent… 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

Do I Need To Tip My Pearl Harbor Guide?

By: Mark Loproto

The topic of tipping can be a minefield, especially when you’re on vacation. It can be difficult to know when you're expected to tip, not to mention how much. We’re… Read More

Understanding US Navy Ship Designations

By: Mark Loproto

For a civilian, understanding the terminology used by the United States Navy can seem complicated. When it comes to something as simple as the naming of ships, there’s a lot… Read More

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

Pearl Harbor Scourge: Mitsubishi A6M Zero

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese A6M Zero Model 21 manufactured by Mitsubishi was one of the most iconic participants in the attack on Pearl Harbor. While the bombers inflicted… Read More

The History of the Opana Radar Site

By: Mark Loproto

Nearly an hour before the attack on Pearl Harbor unfolded, there was activity brewing at a small radar site located on the North Shore of Oahu. The Opana Radar Site… Read More