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Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary


Pearl Harbor, 75 years later: Memories of a day of infamy

In a two-hour surprise attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii, America lost 2,403 fighters with more than 1,100 wounded. The brutal Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941, reverberated around the country and drove the U.S. into World War II.


Pearl Harbor's legacy lives on in focus on readiness, intelligence

Few survivors remain from Japan’s stunning attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago and the epic global war that followed. But the legacy of the assault and the subsequent U.S. response live on in the DNA of the country’s readiness-fixated military and global focus on intelligence gathering.


USS Arizona survivor: 'I knew I had lost a part of myself in the ruins of that ship'

When Donald Stratton talks about his fateful day aboard the USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941, he often sums up the experience with: “Everybody had to be some place. We were there.”


On a December morning, they became eyewitnesses to history

Veterans who were at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese launched the attack that brought the United States into World War II talk about their experiences.


Historic tower restored in time for Pearl Harbor’s 75th anniversary

A restored tower that served as a flight-control center during the Dec. 7, 1941, surprise attack by the Japanese was dedicated Sunday by the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.


This Pearl Harbor veteran is undergoing a facelift

Seventy-five years after surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, this World War II veteran is worn out. Its paint is faded, windows broken. But it is the only known Sikorsky JRS-1 remaining in the world, and it is the only Pearl Harbor-related aircraft in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection.


Pearl Harbor Videos

Last remaining Sikorsky JRS-1 still in restoration

The last remaining Sikorsky JRS-1 remains in restoration at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Watch this video for a progress update on the boat/plane from Pearl Harbor.


Jack Holder talks about his Pearl Harbor experience

World War II and United States Navy veteran Jack Holder discusses his experience during the bombing of Pearl Harbor while speaking to an audience at the annual American Veterans Center conference. Watch this video for details.


Revisiting the 50th anniversary

As years pass, fewer and fewer Pearl Harbor attack survivors remain to share their stories. Stars and Stripes has collected firsthand accounts, memoirs and stories from that fateful day and have archived those memoirs for you.

Download the 50th anniversary issue here.






More anniversary coverage

The only US politician to vote against war with Japan 75 years ago

The day after Japan launched its brazen, epoch-defining assault on Pearl Harbor, American legislators voted for war almost unanimously. There was only one congressional dissenter: Jeannette Rankin, a Montana Republican and a committed pacifist who had also voted against World War I.


Dorie Miller's fans keep fighting to honor black sailor's Pearl Harbor heroism

For all of the recognition Doris “Dorie” Miller has earned, one honor is missing: Miller, who died in combat in 1943, never received the Medal of Honor. And for decades, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, has been fighting to change that.