Attack of Pearl Harbor


On December 7, 1941, the residents of Honolulu, Hawaii, awoke to the sound gun fire. At 8 a.m. that morning, Japanese planes flew over Pearl Harbor - the U.S. Naval base located just outside the Honolulu - and dropped bombs on the harbor and the surrounding airfields. More than 1,500 crewmen died and two ships sank to the bottom of the harbor.

The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Congress voted and declared war on Japan, thus entering World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt described the day of the attack as a "date that will live in infamy."

Though it’s been more than 70 years since the attack, Pearl Harbor still has many stories to share. Read more about the history of the harbor, the attack and the harbor’s preservation.

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

Bernard Comito’s Secret to Longevity

By: Mark Loproto

Over 75 years ago, Bernard “Bernie” Comito found himself thrust into one of the most devastating days in American history. Only 17 years old, Bernie had just enlisted in the... Read More

More Facts About the Attack on Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

December 7th, 1941. It will forever be one of the most notable dates in American history, the day Japan launched a surprise aerial assault on an US naval base. We’ve... Read More

The Technologies of Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

When humans first walked the Earth, their wars and conflicts were fought with sticks, stones, and whatever natural features they could use to their advantage. Far from the technology we know... Read More

The Losses of Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

Over the course of nearly two hours during the morning of December 7th, 1941, a fleet of Japanese fighters and bombers assaulted the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in... Read More

Survivor George Allen Celebrates 95th Birthday

By: Mark Loproto

At the age of 20, George Allen had been enlisted in the United States armed forces for over a year when he found himself sucked into one of the most... Read More

JRS-1 and The Daring Flight of Wesley Hoyt Ruth

By: Mark Loproto

Everybody had their jobs. For Wesley Hoyt Ruth, on December 7th, 1941, when the Japanese started bombing the Pearl Harbor, his job was of the utmost importance: locate the Japanese... Read More

New Photos of PBY Flying Boat sunk before Pearl Harbor Attack

By: Daniel Garcia

Before Pearl Harbor was attacked, other military installations on Oahu were hit. The bombers were specifically targeting aircraft in order to prevent American forces from getting airborne and fighting back.... Read More

Day of Infamy Speech

By: Bruce D.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy Speech" is one of the most famous speeches by a US president. It is second only to President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Many people... Read More

Admiral Kimmel, Husband E.

By: Bruce Danforth

In February of 1941, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel became the commander-in-chief of the US Pacific Fleet. The Pacific Fleet had been moved to Pearl Harbor in 1940. Admiral Kimmel, shortly... Read More

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

By: Bruce Danforth

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was the key strategist of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Although he had serious reservations about a war with the United States, as Admiral he had a responsibility.  The... Read More

Chuichi Nagumo, Vice Admiral IJN

By: Bruce Danforth

Despite the fact that he was opposed to the attack on Pearl harbor, Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo was in command of the carrier-centered Mobile Force (Kido Butai). The task force... Read More

Mitsuo Fuchida, Japanese Commander at Pearl Harbor

By: Bruce Danforth

Commander Mitsuo Fuchida led the first wave of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was the pilot who famously sent the signal Tora, Tora, Tora, the code words that they had... Read More

Emperor Hirohito

By: Bruce Danforth

On Christmas Day 1926 Prince Hirohito became Emperor of Japan. He was 25 years old and reigned as the 124th Emperor. Hirohito chose the name "Showa", meaning "enlightened peace", to... Read More