Pearl Harbor Stories of Survival

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.

By: Birte Petersen


In 1941, one of the greatest tragedies in American history happened at Pearl Harbor, in the Territory of Hawaii, when Japanese airplanes launched a surprise attack on the Navy base… Read More

By: Mark Loproto


More than 76 years have passed since the attack on Pearl Harbor and we are still finding new and inventive ways to recognize and honor the brave men who survived… Read More

By: Mark Loproto


Prior to the outbreak of war in the Pacific, Haleiwa Fighter Strip on Oahu’s North Shore seemed like more of an afterthought than an actual military installation. It served as… Read More

By: Mark Loproto


The attack on Pearl Harbor produced heroes of all kinds, and not all of them were fighting men. In a ceremony coinciding with the 76th anniversary of the attack, naval… Read More

By: Mark Loproto


Many heroes came out of the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, men who risked their  lives for the sake of their fellow serviceman. Many jumped into the flaming, oil-slicked waters… Read More

By: Mark Loproto


What do you get a man who survived one of the most devastating events in United States history, a 97-year-old survivor who’s seen the world change time and time again,… Read More

By: Mark Loproto


For more than seven decades, the families of many of the 429 men who perished when the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) sank were unable to give their loved ones a proper… Read More

By: Mark Loproto


Not long after the United States was dragged into World War II, the role of America’s women changed drastically. Once limited to being schoolteachers, housewives, and secretaries, many women found… Read More

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

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

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

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, Howard Linn, a former sailor aboard the USS Nevada… Read More

By: Mark Loproto


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

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