attack on pearl harbor

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Vega

By: Mark Loproto

Commissioned into service in the US Navy on December 21, 1921, the Sirius-class cargo ship USS Vega (AK-17) was originally launched as a Type 1022 civilian freighter named SS Lebanon. From 1921 to... 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

A Brush with the Enemy

By: Mark Loproto

On the morning of December 7, 1941, an attacking force of the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise assault on the Oahu naval base of Pearl Harbor. Those stationed at... Read More

The Heroism of YG-17 at Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

Naval ship categories often have names that sound important to wartime efforts. Destroyers, aircraft carriers, battleships, minelayers – they’re all very clearly involved in some form of naval combat. Some,... Read More

Why Don’t We Call It the “Battle of Pearl Harbor”?

By: Mark Loproto

Reading the history books about World War II and the War in the Pacific, you’ll find chapters on the Battle of Iwo Jima, the Battle of Okinawa, the Battle of... 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

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Hoga

By: Mark Loproto

USS Hoga (YT-146) isn’t particularly well-known among the ships that were based at Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack on December 7, 1941. The much-larger battleships, with their... 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

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 Terminology: What is a Fleet Problem?

By: Mark Loproto

Studying and understanding the attack on Pearl Harbor, the reasons behind it, and the events leading up to it can be a complicated task. It’s not simply a straightforward matter... Read More

Learning Pearl Harbor: What Is a Dry Dock?

By: Mark Loproto

As you explore the fascinating history of the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, specifically the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack that forced the Americans into World War II, you’re... Read More

Football and Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

While it’s tempting to visualize the entire nation coming to a stunned standstill the moment the first bombs dropped on Pearl Harbor, that was actually not the case. As thousands... Read More

Minoru Genda and His Role in the Pearl Harbor Attack

By: Mark Loproto

An assault as complex as the December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor required ideas and input from many different sources. To sail across the Pacific and launch an attack... Read More

The Man Who Ordered Pearl Harbor: Hideki Tojo

By: Mark Loproto

Hideki Tojo was born on December 30th, 1884. His father was Hidenori Tojo, a well-respected officer in the Imperial Japanese Army. Tojo received a typical education for Japanese young men of... Read More

Pearl Harbor Ships on the Morning of the Attack

By: Bruce Danforth

There were 130 vessels of the US Navy's Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, the day of the Japanese surprise attack. Ninety-six of the Pearl Harbor ships... Read More

Four Iconic Pearl Harbor Moments

By: Mark Loproto

Visiting Pearl Harbor is the best way of remembering those who gave their lives during the tragic events of December 7th, 1941. Spending time at the USS Arizona and Oklahoma... Read More

Edward Killeen, USS Tennessee Survivor

By: Birte Petersen

Edward Killeen was born on June 18, 1922 in Phoenix, Arizona. Growing up in that landlocked place, he didn't have an opportunity to travel by sea or experience life aboard... Read More

The Heroic Nurses of Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

Amid the devastation at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the lives of countless men were saved by the brave actions of women. At the time, women weren't allowed to... Read More

Shigekazu Shimazaki: Leading the Second Wave

By: Mark Loproto

In September of 1941, 33-year-old Lt. Cmdr. Shigekazu Shimazaki was assigned to be the equipping officer of the aircraft carrier Zuikaku, which had been commissioned into the Imperial Japanese Navy... Read More

Was the Attack on Pearl Harbor Illegal?

By: Mark Loproto

Causing the deaths of 2,403 individuals would in most cases be considered illegal without question. In times of war, however, the rules can be a bit murkier. In the Pacific... Read More