Pearl Harbor Heroes


Not all heroes wear capes. On the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, so many brave crewmen showed immense courage in the face of grave danger and made their countrymen proud. From rescuing others to returning Japanese fire, these crewmen went above and beyond the call of duty that day and saved many lives.

Find out more about these Pearl Harbor heroes and discover their touching stories of bravery and selflessness.

Julio DeCastro: Hero of the USS Oklahoma

By: Mark Loproto

Over 2400 Americans lost their lives when the Japanese launched their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. But amid the tragedy, there were also tales of heroism, of men who swooped... Read More

The Ill-Fated Captain of the USS Arizona

By: Mark Loproto

The USS Arizona (BB-39) suffered a fate on December 7th, 1941 that would make her one of the most iconic battleships of all time. During the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor,... Read More

Pearl Harbor’s Medal of Honor Recipients

By: Mark Loproto

Many heroes rose to the occasion during the attack on Pearl Harbor, but some were recognized for their heroic efforts to protect their fellow servicemen. For their service, many received... 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, a former sailor aboard the USS Nevada joined his... Read More

Heroes of the Harbor: John S. Harper

By: Mark Loproto

Before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Navy men like John Harper were simply doing their jobs. They woke up, got dressed, and engaged in their daily activities just like... Read More

Heroes of the Harbor: Doris Miller

By: Steve Fagaly

The First U.S. Hero of World War II When the first Japanese bomber entered Hawaiian territory on December 7th, 1941, very few people probably stopped and thought about how they... Read More

Heroes of the Harbor: Samuel Fuqua

By: Steve Fagaly

When the Japanese arrived at Pearl Harbor and commenced its bombing of the military base and surrounding region, many Americans jumped into action. Thousands of men were thrust into battle and, as... Read More

The Heroic Story of Raymond

By: emerg

On December 7, 1941, 49 civilians were killed when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. They were fire department employees, government staff, and locals who were simply going about their day. We... Read More

5 Pearl Harbor Heroes You Need To Know About

By: emerg

During the attack on Pearl Harbor, the men didn’t have much time to think about their actions. They simply did what they could do, or what they thought they needed... Read More

George V. Martin

By: Daniel Garcia

George V. Martin was 22 when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. He was assigned to HQ + HQ Squadron Hawaiian Air Force (which was later re-designated the 7th A.F.)... Read More

JONES, Herbert C.

By: Bruce Danforth

Medal of Honor Winner Herbert Jones was a young officer in the Navy. He died rescuing others during the attack. His wife, Joanne was living in Honolulu, in officer living quarters. Joanne... Read More

HICKOK, Warren Paul

By: Bruce Danforth

(Killed on USS Pennsylvania) Hickok was assigned to the light mine layer USS Sicard. According to defense officials, many Sicard crewmembers had been dispatched at the time to help the... Read More

WALKER, Lumus E.

By: Bruce Danforth

HQ Squadron 15th Pursuit Group Read More

WALCZYNSKI, Andrew A.

By: Bruce Danforth

6th Pursuit Squadron Originally from Colorado Andrew A. Walczynski served at Wheeler field during the attack. He is now buried at Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific. Read More

VIDOLOFF, Russell P.

By: Bruce Danforth

HQ Squadron 15th Pursuit Group Read More

STERLING, Gordon H. Jr.

By: Bruce Danforth

Lt. Gordon H. Sterling, Jr. was one of the few pilots who got airborn during the attack. He shot down a Japanese aircraft, but then was shot down over water... Read More

STACEY, Morris E.

By: Bruce Danforth

78th Pursuit Squadron Read More

SHERMAN, Robert O.

By: Bruce Danforth

HQ Squadron 18th Pursuit Group Read More

SHATTUCK, Robert R.

By: Bruce Danforth

HQ Squadron 15th Pursuit Group Read More

SCHOTT, Robert L.

By: Bruce Danforth

HQ Squadron 15th Pursuit Group Read More