Pearl Harbor History and Facts About the Japanese Attack

If you plan to visit quite a few of the attractions at Pearl Harbor, we recommend that you get a Pearl Harbor Pass, which includes a visit to the USS Arizona, as well as admission to the USS Bowfin submarine, the USS Missouri ship, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. With the help of our tour packages to Pearl Harbor, you will get the luxury of skipping the ticket lines and see all the highlights. Or, if you want to combine Pearl Harbor with a tour around the island of Oahu, this Oahu and Pearl Harbor Tour might be perfect for you!

The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, was a seminal day in United States history and remembering it and the impact it had on our country is an important part.

The largest ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were moored on Battleship Row off Ford Island when Japan mounted its surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. Sailors in a motor launch rescued a survivor from the water alongside the sunken battleship USS West Virginia during or shortly after the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, U.S. December 7, 1941.

While there is no formal dress code at Pearl Harbor, visitors should remember that it is a memorial – in some cases, a graveyard – for those lost during the 1941 attacks.

The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum – Pearl Harbor is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 to develop, in conjunction with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, the first military aviation museum in Hawaii. Located at Pearl Harbor’s Ford Island, a National Historic Landmark and the site of our nation’s first aviation battlefield, the PAM tells the story of military aviation in the Pacific during World War II, Korea, Vietnam War and Cold War.

The aircraft shows traces of multiple sets of U.S. markings including the aircraft’s pre-war paint scheme, and the wartime haze-blue that was applied in the days following the attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona in flames following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. The Museum is home to two WWII era hangars, which survived the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Ford Island Control Tower.

Watts Constructors of Honolulu has been awarded a contract to build a new museum, shop and a second theater at the memorial that attracts twice as many visitors as it was built to accommodate.

At the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center, an introductory video presentation highlights the events leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack as well as actual footage filmed in 1941.