This Is Not a Drill: Finding Pearl Harbor Records

By Diane Haddad

Pearl Harbor Records

On December 7, 1941, the Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, sent this dispatch to major navy commands and fleet units.

It was the first official word of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona was destroyed, killing 1,177 officers and crew. The USS Oklahoma capsized. About 2,400 Americans were killed.

As the number of survivors of the attack—now around 2,000—dwindles, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association has elected to dissolve at the end of this year.

Now it’s even more important for those who didn’t witness the attack firsthand to preserve the memories of that day. Here are a few places to start:

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Pearl Harbor Records