“The Day That Would Live in Infamy” ~ Franklin D. Rooselvelt
December 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor, the day the United States officially entered WWII. It was this day in history exactly 75 years ago that 2,403 Americans were killed in this attack at Pearl Harbor located on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, west of Honolulu.
Pearl Harbor event records are available online as they become digitized and cataloged for easy accessibility.
The records are very interesting to read as they are handwritten, firsthand accounts of the event and some are written with detail almost to-the-minute of the events taking place.
What can be just as interesting is that there are families still alive today of those who were involved in the event that can still tell their stories as well as a few servicemen who were stationed at Pearl Harbor.
If you’ve ever been curious if you had a family member that served at Pearl Harbor or know that they did but want to learn more, Fold3.com has detailed muster rolls listings for all personnel assigned to ships based at Pearl Harbor from 1939-1947. This includes reports of changes for sailors transferred to other ships or locations and those missing or passed away.
If you know someone who was at Pearl Harbor, talk to them and document their story! It’s important to document stories from our loved ones about historical events like this so they are not lost forever.
Do you have a story to tell about yourself or a family member who remembers Pearl Harbor? Were they directly affected by this event? Tell us about it in the comments to share your story and keep the memory alive.
To learn more about attack on Pearl Harbor, check out this article from the National Archives.