Part of the “Voices of History Series” created by Sherry Garland to bring a personal side to America’s past, “Voices of Pearl Harbor” utilizes a mix of historical and representational characters to tell the story of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Discover the unique perspectives of sixteen people involved in and affected by the attack, each accompanied by a beautiful painting by Layne Johnson.

Beginning with a story of a native Hawaiian in 1940, this book includes accounts from the mother of a Japanese fighter pilot, military officials from both the United States and Japan and the granddaughter of a World War II Veteran. To encourage further learning of what happened at Pearl Harbor, Garland includes a helpful glossary, selected bibliography and a suggested list of reading.

Extend Your Learning:

Ask questions about this story.

  • What is the sentiment behind individuals adding their own stitches to the Japanese Senninbari (good luck) belt?
  • Why did American officials seemingly ignore the warning of approaching planes from the Army Signal Corps?
  • What significance does the USS Arizona Memorial play for both American and Japanese visitors?
  • Why was Pearl Harbor attacked?
Pearl Harbor Attack

Hear from the experiences of three Pearl Harbor survivors during what President Roosevelt described as, “A date which will live in infamy,” and one of the most pivotal moments in U.S. history.

Check out the website for the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.

Learn more about Mess Attendant Second Class Doris Miller.

Listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy” speech delivered on December 8, 1941 and consider if the attack on Pearl Harbor and the president’s speech would have inspired you to serve.

Write down the reasons why you would or would not have voluntarily joined the military.

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