Pearl Harbour Survivor Back to Hawaii for Dec. 7th Ceremony!

Pearl Harbour Survivor John Seelie

UPDATE (11/18/2015): Thank you to everyone who supported the efforts to bring John Seelie, an incredible Pearl Harbour Survivor back to Hawaii for the 74th Anniversary. He has received all of the necessary funding including a large donation from Manhattan Building Company of Naples, FL and first class flights from American Airlines. MAHALO from

USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbour

USS West Virginia Color Photo

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 the battleships at Pearl Harbour. USS West Virginia During the Attack During the attack on Pearl Harbour West Virginia was outboard of USS Tennessee. The

The End of WWII on the Battleship Missouri

End of WWII Ceremony

Sitting at Pearl Harbour, as we approach the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender that marked the end of WWII, we reflect on the two days that changed the world forever.  The December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbour and the September 2, 1945 signing of the surrender on the Battleship USS Missouri. Japan did not

Emperor Hirohito Radio Address on August 15, 1945

After Hirohito radio address

The following is a translation of Emperor Hirohito’s radio address from August 15, 1945 accepting the Allies terms of surrender. The language that he spoke in was very difficult for common Japanese people to understand. Emperor Hirohito had an imperial dialect that was confusing for many. To our good and loyal subjects: After pondering deeply

Washington DC Lady's reaction to Pearl Harbour on December 8, 1941

Washington DC during WWII

We are very lucky that the United States Library of Congress had the foresight to conduct “Man on the Street” Interviews” after the attack on Pearl Harbour. They recorded over 12 hours of reactions to the attack and to the declaration of war. In this audio recording, the “Man on the Street” was a lady.

Will Lehner USS Ward Pearl Harbour Survivor Honored

Will Lehner

Pearl Harbour Survivor Will Lehner of the destroyer, USS Ward, was honored at Wisconsin State War Memorial.  The honor included a stone placed in remembrance of Lehner’s service at Pearl Harbour and WWII. At the time of the honor, Will Lehner was 94 years old. When Lehner was 84, he was offered the opportunity to get

Pearl Harbour Survivor Couple – Betty and Warren Schott

Pearl Harbour Survivor Couple

We first heard about the Pearl Harbour Survivor Couple, Betty and Warren Schott, in an article in the Spokesman-Review by Cindy Hval.  This remarkable couple was living on Ford Island when Pearl Harbour was attacked. They heard an explosion and Warren quickly recognized that Pearl Harbour was under attack from an enemy.  Many others on