On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service launched a surprise military strike on the United States and the world turned upside down. This attack drew the United States into World War II, and changed the course of global history in the 20th century.
To commemorate the many lives lost during the attack, the Pearl Harbor National Memorial was constructed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman on Oahu Island in Hawaii. The park includes nine historic sites representing various aspects of the war in the Pacific.
Beginning at Pearl Harbor, with the day of infamy that saw the sinking of the USS Arizona and ending on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, the War in the Pacific took many turns. In commemoration of this pivotal period in our nation's history, the Pearl Harbor National Memorial stands tall