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  • Writer's pictureDon Milne

Every Pearl Harbor fallen has a story - 2,341 of them

Updated: Oct 25, 2022


The 2,341 Americans in military service, who died due to the December 7, 1941 Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, have been remembered for 80 years. However, most people can only remembered them by name.


It was not possible to find a story for each and everyone of them that could be easily accessed from one location.


Until now.

Nearly 150 volunteers from more than three dozen states, as well as France and England, have worked on the database, enhanced photos (thank you MyHeritage!) and wrote & edited their stories now saved permanently on Together We Served and Fold3. As you scroll below, passing like a parade, you can see a brief bio of a fallen flag bearer representing his state, a link to his full story, and a link to where you can find the other stories of the fallen from that state.


Note: Flags reflect version in use in 1945.


Alabama





NAS Kaneohe Bay

His actions to repel the attach without regard to life resulted in a citation

Destroyer escort named in his honor







Find the stories of other Alabama fallen here


Arizona




USS Arizona

Always wanted to join the Navy

Played the violin





Find the stories of other Arizona fallen here


Arkansas




Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay

Saved a man from drowning in April 1941

A destroyer escort was named for him









Find the stories of the other Arkansas fallen here


California




251st Coast Artillery

One of the first three servicemen killed at Pearl Harbor when his rented Piper Cub was shot down by approaching Japanese planes








Find the stories of the other California fallen here


Colorado





USS Arizona

Talked father into letting him drop out of high school and join navy at age 17

Park in Loveland, Colorado named for him








Find the stories of the other Colorado fallen here


Connecticut





USS Enterprise

Naval Academy graduate

Shot down and parachuted into Pearl Harbor during the attack

Swam to Ford Island but died of wounds








Find the stories of the other Connecticut fallen here


Delaware





USS Shaw

Former Boy Scout and National Guardsman

First Delawarean to die in the line of duty in World War II







Find their stories here on Fold3 and here on the Delaware's World War II Fallen website.


District of Columbia




USS Arizona

Captain of high school rifle team

Studied electrical engineering in college

Destroyer escort named in his honor






Find the stories of the other DC fallen here


Florida




USS Arizona

Florida police officer when called to active duty

Correctly predicted war would start within one week






Find the stories of the other Florida fallen here


Georgia




Wheeler Field

Aviation Mechanic

Red Cross chapter named in his honor






Find the stories of the other Georgia fallen here


Idaho





USS Arizona

Both parents died within six months when he was 5 years old






Find the stories of the other Idaho fallen here


Illinois





USS Arizona

Joined Navy at age 16

Ship dentist

Destroyer escort named in his honor






Find the stories of the other Illinois fallen here


Indiana




USS Oklahoma

Captain of high school basketball team

Remains not identified until 2019 and laid to rest in September2021






Find the stories of the other Indiana fallen here


Iowa





USS Arizona

When his neighbors, the Sullivans, learned of Ball's death, the five brothers joined the navy. They all perished on the USS Juneau in November 1942.







Find the stories of the other Iowa fallen here


Kansas





USS Tracy

Had 15 brothers and sister

Left ship to help defend USS Pennsylvania






Find the stories of the other Kansas fallen here


Kentucky




USS Arizona

Bandmaster of USS Arizona Band

Was on the fantail ready to play Colors when the Pearl Harbor attack began

All band members ran down to their battle stations in the ammunition holds






Find the stories of other Kentucky fallen here


Lousiana




USS Utah

Father died when he was 3

Naval Academy grad

Destroyer escort named in his honor






Find the stories of the other Louisiana fallen here


Maine





USS Arizona

Naval Academy grad

In charge of ship navigation







Find the stories of the other Maine fallen here


Maryland




14th Fighter Group

Joined army in 1932 and reenlisted three times

American Legion Post named for him






Find the stories of the other Maryland here


Massachusetts





USS West Virginia

Was waiting for the launch to take him to church when the Pearl Harbor attack began

A VFW post and annual 4th of July race are named in his honor







Find the stories of other Massachusetts fallen here


Michigan




USS Oklahoma

Dropped out of high school to join the Navy

Remains recently identified and will be buried at home on December 7, 2021







Find the stories of the other Michigan fallen here


Minnesota




USS West Virginia

Parents from Germany and Norway

13 years in Navy

Father of three sons including twins






Find the stories of the other Minnesota fallen here


Mississippi




USS Arizona

Ship pay clerk

Turned down invite to stay on shore the night before the attack






Find the stories of the other Mississippi fallen here


Missouri




USS Chew

Joined Navy at age 17

Killed while helping to move wounded sailors






Find the stories of the other Missouri fallen here


Montana






Marine Utility Squadron 252

Earned Bronze Star while defending Ewa Marine Corps Air Station








Find the stories of the other Montana fallen here


Nebraska





11th Bombardment Group

Earned Silver Star defending Hickam Field

Brother was killed by kamikaze in 1945








Find the stories of the other Nebraska fallen here


Nevada




USS Arizona

Left job as grocery clerk to join Navy

Trained in radio work and signaling





Find the stories of the other Nevada fallen here


New Hampshire




USS Arizona

High school valedictorian and US Naval Academy graduate

Destroyer escort and American Legion Post named in his honor






Find the stories of the other New Hampshire fallen here


New Jersey




USS Oklahoma

Spent his final moments helping 15 shipmates escape to safety.

A destroyer escort was named in his honor.






Find the stories of the other New Jersey fallen here


New Mexico





USS Arizona

Worked as a laundry deliveryman

Joined Navy with younger brother, but assigned to different ships






Find the stories of the New Mexico fallen here


New York




15th Pursuit Group

Was one of the few fighter pilots to get into the air.

Credited with shooting down a Japanese Zero.






Find the stories of the other New York fallen here


North Carolina





USS Curtiss

Shot down one of the first Japanese planes







Find the stories of the other North Carolina here


North Dakota





USS Arizona

Grandparents from Iceland

Joined Navy with friend who nearly married his sister






Find the stories of the other North Dakota fallen here


Ohio




USS Nevada

AA gun captain

Most junior sailor on ship recognized for distinguished conduct during attack

Destroyer escort named in his honor





Find the stories of the other Ohio fallen here


Oklahoma





USS Arizona

Mother died when he was one year old

Join Navy at age 17






Find the stories of the other Oklahoma fallen here


Oregon





USS Nevada

Brother Gene survived attack on same ship and was with Harvey at hospital

Barely 18 years old







Find the stories of the other Oregon fallen here


Pennsylvania





USS Arizona

An accomplished swimmer who hoped to attend the 1940 Olympics which were cancelled








Find the stories of the other Pennsylvania fallen here


Rhode Island






VP-11, Kaneohe Bay NAS

Dropped out of high school and joined Navy to help support family

5 brothers served in the military

One brother served on a destroyer escort named in his honor






Find the stories of the Rhode Island fallen here


South Carolina





USS Arizona

Joined the Navy to help support younger siblings

Stationed in engine room






Find the stories of the other South Carolina fallen here


South Dakota





USS Nevada

Parents were born in Germany

Number 16 of 20 brothers and sisters

Recovering from appendicitis operations at the time of the attack






Find the stories of the other South Dakota fallen here


Tennessee




USS Oklahoma

Worked for Civilian Conservation Corp before joining Navy

Remains identified in 2018 and buried in Smartt, Tennessee in October 2020.






Find the stories of the other Tennessee fallen here


Texas




USS Arizona

Joined Navy with cousin and both were assigned to Arizona and both perished

Brother William was in Army in Hawaii, survived that attack, but was killed in Europe in 1945

Brother Ward was a B-24 crewman and died in a crash in North Africa in 1943






Find the stories of the other Texas fallen here


Utah





USS Arizona

Mother died when he was one year old

Graduated from US Naval Academy

Destroyer escort and American Legion Post named in his honor.








Find the stories of the other Utah fallen here


Vermont




USS Arizona

Joined Navy with his brother against his mother's wishes

Sent ship's Thanksgiving dinner menu home to his parents





Find the stories of the other Vermont fallen here


Virginia





USS Arizona

Mess Attendant with more than six years in the Navy

Assigned to ship one week before Pearl Harbor attack






Find the stories of the other Virginia fallen here


Washington




USS Utah

Parents were from Germany

Joined Navy in 1919

Four sons





Find the stories of the other Washington fallen here


West Virginia




USS West Virginia

Father died when he was one year old

William's son turn 5 the day after the Pearl Harbor attack






Find the stories of the other West Virginia fallen here


Wisconsin





USS Oklahoma

Joined the Navy on the same day as his twin brother

His twin there to see him buried when his remains were identified 60 years later





Find the stories of the other Wisconsin fallen here


Wyoming





USS Vestal

One of seven men lost on this ship

66 year old Spanish American War veteran father died one day later






Find the stories of the other Wyoming fallen here


US Territories


Find the stories of the other fallen from: Guam, Philippines


Thanks to Ancestry.com and its subsidiaries Newspapers.com and Fold3.com for providing free research access to many of our writers. Thanks to MyHeritage.com for providing significant financial support for this project and for their photo enhancing technology. Thanks to Bobbie Jo Carter and the USS Arizona Mall Memorial for providing many of stories of the USS Arizona fallen.


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