For generations, recording memories have served as a foundation for how a community honors and preserves their past. Looking back through history can teach us the real meaning of connection, patriotism and courage. With the rapid expansion of technology in the last few decades, the collection of oral history interviews has enabled us to look into the eyes of those who lived through pivotal moments in history and listen as they teach us the lessons of what they have learned through their life.
The National Park Service and Pacific Historic Parks have been collecting oral history interviews of Pearl Harbor survivors, civilian witnesses and Pacific War veterans since the parks inception in 1979. The collection has grown to over 750 interviews and continues to expand as new interviews are acquired. Support of this program includes preservation of these first-hand accounts of World War II, acquisition of new interviews and a continued evolution in the presentation of these memories to those who want to learn from American heroes.