Ships of Pearl Harbor


When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, more than one ship was sitting in the harbor that day. In fact, eight battleships, three cruises and four destroyers were present in the harbor when the bombs started to fall. Though some - like the USS Arizona would sink - others sustained minor damage. Others even returned Japanese fire.

Check out the histories of these fine ships of Pearl Harbor and discover how each one played a vital role on the "date that would live in infamy."

The Story of the USS Helm

By: Mark Loproto

On May 27th, 1937, the USS Helm (DD-388) was launched at the Norfolk Navy Yard, sponsored by the widow of Rear Admiral James Meredith Helm. Five months later, the Bagley-class destroyer... Read More

The Bell of the USS Sacramento

By: Mark Loproto

Relics of the Pearl Harbor attack can be found all over the United States. Tacoma, WA is home to the remains of the USCG Tiger, a vessel that survived the attack... Read More

Facts about the USS Arizona (BB-39)

By: Mark Loproto

When people discuss the attack on Pearl Harbor, it’s difficult not to bring up the USS Arizona. Considered one of the greatest tragedies of that day, the mighty Pennsylvania-class battleship... Read More

Legacy of the USS Tennessee

By: Mark Loproto

Many US Navy vessels were present during the attack on Pearl Harbor, but it was the battleships that bore the brunt of the surprise attack. Among the mighty vessels moored within... Read More

Pearl Harbor’s Forgotten Battleship

By: Mark Loproto

Touring the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor located on the south coast of Oahu, you can learn and understand the stories behind the battleships... Read More

Pearl Harbor’s Most Heroic: The Ships That Saved the Harbor

By: Steve Fagaly

From any great battle, heroes are born. Though the ashes left behind tell tragic tales, the stories of the heroic acts that saved lives and deterred enemy forces should also... Read More

Sunk But Not Forgotten – The American Ships That Sank in the Pearl Harbor Attack

By: Tara Tyrrell

There were 100 commissioned warships and service auxiliary ships that were docked at Pearl Harbor on the day of December 7, 1941, when the Japanese acted. Although only 16 of... Read More

USS Neosho, Oiler at Pearl Harbor

By: Bruce D.

During WWII Navy oilers were named after rivers. USS Neosho was named after a river in eastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma. It's purpose was to refuel warships. She did far more... Read More

USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor

By: Bruce D.

Affectionately nicknamed "Wee Vee", USS West Virginia was commissioned in in December 1923.  She was moved to Hawaii in 1940 with the US Pacific Fleet and was the youngest of all... Read More

Battleship USS California at Pearl Harbor

By: Bruce D.

USS California Before the Pearl Harbor Attack Launched in 1919, USS California (BB-44) was a proud ship, the flagship of the fleet. She held that title for 20 years from... Read More

USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier

By: Bruce D.

The USS Enterprise is not the Star Trek ship. She was an Aircraft Carrier in the Pacific Fleet. Enterprise aircraft carrier was not in Pearl Harbor during the infamous attacks.... Read More

USS Maryland at Pearl Harbor

By: Bruce D.

The USS Maryland does not get the same attention as the other battleships that were at Pearl Harbor. Perhaps because she sustained minimal damage or because she only lost 4... Read More

USS Nevada at Pearl Harbor

By: Bruce D.

Battleship USS Nevada (BB-36) was the lead ship of the Nevada class battleships, which included her sister ship USS Oklahoma. 27,500 ton Nevada was launched one year before USS Arizona as the... Read More

USS Vestal Extraordinary Service

By: Bruce Danforth

[caption id="attachment_5839" align="alignnone" width="300"] USS Vestal Memorial in Pearl Harbor[/caption] As you approach the Arizona Memorial you will see a white mooring that reads USS Vestal. Most people who visit... Read More

USS Tennessee at Pearl Harbor

By: Bruce Danforth

No torpedoes hit the USS Tennessee. The primary reason for her lucky fate was her location inboard of West Virginia. The West Virginia protected USS Tennessee by taking seven torpedo hits. Tennessee was... Read More

USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor

By: Bruce Danforth

With twelve torpedo launched against her, USS Oklahoma took the brunt of the torpedo attack on Pearl Harbor.  Nine of those torpedoes hit their mark.  The torpedo attack ripped open holes in the... Read More

Pearl Harbor Ships on December 7th

By: Bruce Danforth

There were 130 vessels in the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, the day of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. 96 of the Pearl Harbor... Read More

History of the USS Missouri

By: Bruce Danforth

One of the most famous warships of the US Navy, also known as “Mighty Mo” has left her mark in military and national history of the United States in the... Read More

USS Utah at Pearl Harbor

By: Bruce Danforth

She was not even a full fledged battleship on December 7th, 1941, but that did not stop the Japanese pilots from targeting the USS Utah at Pearl Harbor. Sixty four... Read More

USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor

By: Bruce Danforth

The most devastating loss of the attack on Pearl Harbor was on the USS Arizona, accounting for nearly half of the 2403 total deaths. 1,177 men died on the battleship Arizona when... Read More