A statement from Aileen Utterdyke, President and CEO of Pacific Historic Parks
We cherish and promote our military heritage, a story of great sacrifice, love, dedication and service to the United State of America and its way of life.
We are committed to remembering, understanding, honoring and educating others about the events and people involved in the sites we serve.
We support a collaborative environment that values partnerships and is open to suggestions and new approaches to achieving our mission.
We strive for excellence and continuous improvement in our work and products.
We conduct ourselves in the highest level of moral standards.
We will carry out our fiduciary duties by prudent use of resources entrusted to us.
Pacific Historic Parks is dedicated to preserving the stories of those who experienced war in the Pacific Theater. From Pearl Harbor veterans to civilian witnesses, those who experienced combat and those who helped the war effort back at home, our oral history collection serves as a unique look into the past.
Father Schmitt was one of 429 killed in action aboard the Oklahoma. It was the second greatest loss of life of the ships at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. His body was never identified at the time of body recovery in 1943. However, 75 years after his death, science and technology would change all of that.
Pacific Historic Parks invites you to come and feel the power of place at your national parks. There are over 400 national parks and monuments across the United States and its territories for you to connect with, all with their own stories and experiences to share.
In Kalaupapa today, the past, present, and future come together with hope, in the hearts and minds of those former patients who still live in the settlement, and those who serve this small but formidable community – one that begs us to honor and remember the kūpuna who have gone before us, all that they sacrificed, and to tell their stories.