Spend a Rare Moment With the Men Who Fought at Pearl Harbor


Over 70 years ago FDR declared December 7th a “date that will live in infamy.” Today, those words still ring true as we honor the...

Over 70 years ago FDR declared December 7th a “date that will live in infamy.” Today, those words still ring true as we honor the thousands who died on that warm Hawaii morning, and although many Pearl Harbor survivors have passed on, four veterans still volunteer at PH to keep the history alive.

Share a rare moment with the men who fought at Pearl Harbor

Herb Weatherwax, Sterling Cale, Alfred Rodrigues, and Everett Hyland, frequently spend time educating Pearl Harbor visitors about their experiences at this historic site. If you’re visiting PH look for Herb or one of the other survivors in their Pearl Harbor Survivors hats and hear their incredible recollection of the attack so many years ago.

All four men are now in their 90s and have every intention of being at the memorial service on the 7th marking the 72nd anniversary of the attack.

For most of us, visiting Pearl Harbor remains an item on our bucket list. In the meantime, tour Pearl Harbor’s sites from afar with this guide to Pearl Harbor:

 

USS Arizona Memorial

Share a rare moment with the men who fought at Pearl Harbor

Share a rare moment with the men who fought at Pearl Harbor

Perhaps the most recognizable modern day image of Pearl Harbor is the USS Arizona Memorial. This somber memorial straddles the hull of the ship which serves as the final resting place for many of the 1,177 officers and crewmen killed during the attack on the Arizona.

USS Oklahoma Memorial

Share a rare moment with the men who fought at Pearl Harbor

Share a rare moment with the men who fought at Pearl Harbor

Only the Arizona had a more substantial loss of life, but for many years the Oklahoma lacked a proper memorial to honor the nearly 500 servicemen who perished. Today the memorial stands strong and noble, a fitting tribute to the brave men who served.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum

Share a rare moment with the men who fought at Pearl Harbor

Launched a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Bowfin submarine was quite the enemy hunter. During it’s nine patrols it sunk 44 enemy ships. Today, visitors can tour the sub for a WWII submariners experience, view over 4,000 submarine artifacts, and pay tribute to those lost on submarines during the war.

Pacific Aviation Museum

Share a rare moment with the men who fought at Pearl Harbor

Step inside the shrapnel scarred WWII hangars that house the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor. Inside you’ll see rare aircraft such as a Japanese Zero, an F4F Wildcat, B-25 Mitchell Bomber, F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, dioramas, videos, and more.

Battleship Missouri

Share a rare moment with the men who fought at Pearl Harbor

Share a rare moment with the men who fought at Pearl Harbor

The “Mighty MO” was the last US Battleship built and the last to be decommissioned. This 58,000 ton beast will forever hold a place in history as the ship that ended the Pacific theater of WWII with the Japanese forces signing their surrender on her deck. Today she sits peacefully waiting for you to come embrace her rich history.

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