Veterans History Project Marks 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

The Veterans History Project (VHP) launches “Pearl Harbor – 70th Anniversary,” the 35th website feature in the Experiencing War series. Pearl Harbor presents the accounts from 15 veterans who experienced Pearl Harbor firsthand.

“Some tragedies from our history are permanently burned into the collective memory of our nation,” said Veterans History Project Director Bob Patrick. “Pearl Harbor is certainly one.”

All of the veterans in the feature describe the sense of horror that dominated on Dec. 7, 1941. Kathryn Mary Doody was a nurse serving in the Army Nurse Corps, whose long and distinguished career in combat medicine began when she treated bombing victims brought to her Honolulu hospital from Pearl Harbor. James Doyle was a Photographer’s Mate First Class in the Navy; he used his camera to document the destruction of the harbor while dodging bullets from Japanese planes flying overhead. Robert Coates served aboard the USS Nevada. After Pearl Harbor, he went on to be involved in some of the heaviest action in the Pacific Theater. As he discusses in his interview, nothing ever rivaled the shock he felt on December 7.

Hear these personal histories and more at:

The Mission of the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Learn more at Share your exciting VHP initiatives, programs, events, and news stories with VHP to be considered for a future RSS. Email and place “My VHP RSS Story” in the subject line.

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Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a genealogy and family history researcher, writer, and consultant. Adores good grammar and spelling, and believes the Oxford Comma is just misunderstood. Thrives on large quantities of coffee. One daughter, two rescued hounds, and a plethora of missing ancestors keep her on her toes.


  1. Elizabeth, thanks for this timely reminder of our history, and for sharing a great resource!

  2. I very much enjoyed reading this and learning. Having so much respect for those who experienced such a traumatic personal experience. Listening to them brings the tragedy closer to our minds and hearts.

  3. Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you ever been running a blog for? you make running a blog look easy. The whole look of your website is great, well the content material!

  4. @Jacqi and @Hummingbird, I’m glad you both found the site useful. The stories are certainly very touching. Hard to believe this generation is almost lost to us.

    @anonymous, thanks for the kind words. It’s been 4 years, and running a blog is anything but easy! Fun, interesting, worthwhile… but not easy. :-)


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