Long Beach Remembers Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, the bombing of Pearl Harbor shocked the nation and propelled the United States into World War II.

Long Beach was a strategic stronghold as a major staging area for the Pacific conflict. The war touched everyone who lived here. Many of the ships in Hawaii on that fateful day spent months in Long Beach before the bombing. Officers and enlisted men on the ships left families and friends in Long Beach. The event not only transformed the war in the Pacific, it transformed the lives of Long Beach residents and the city’s economy and infrastructure. The bombing of Pearl Harbor was the catalyst for airport, harbor, and industrial development, and laid the groundwork for the Long Beach that we know today.

Seventy-five years later, on December 7, 2016, the Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) presented an exhibition entitled Long Beach Remembers Pearl Harbor. Using photos, newspapers, items from its collection and others collected from the community, it commemorated this important anniversary of the event that torpedoed the United States into the Second World War.

Points of Interest:

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Project Events:

• August 26, 2017 — Pearl Harbor Speaker Series: World War II Brings Social Change to Long Beach
• May 27, 2017 — Pearl Harbor Speaker Series: 1942: The Turning Point in the Pacific
• March 30, 2017 — On the Line with Rosie: Our Long Beach Stories
• March 25, 2017 — From Citizen to Suspect: Long Beach & Terminal Island Stories
• December 7, 2016 — Long Beach Remembers Pearl Harbor – Exhibit Opening
• December 7, 2016 — “Lest We Forget December 7, 1941” Memorial Service at Long Beach City Hall
• May 19, 2016 — Long Beach’s Pearl Harbor Families: An Evening of Remembrance
• December 7, 2014 — Long Beach & WWII Sharing Day

Press Coverage:

Press-Telegram, Nov. 27, 2016 — Long Beach to commemorate 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor bombing
Press-Telegram, Dec. 6, 2016 — Pearl Harbor Day remembrance events planned
Press-Telegram, Dec. 7, 2016 — Long Beach leaders, veterans honor sacrifice of those died at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago
Gazettes, Dec. 2, 2016 — ANOTHER VIEW: Pearl Harbor’s 75th Remembered In, Tied To Long Beach (by HSLB Board Member Dr. Craig Hendricks)
Gazettes, Dec. 5, 2016 — Long Beach To Remember 75th Anniversary Of Attack On Pearl Harbor
Signal Tribune, Dec. 1, 2016 — ‘An event that changed history’ – HSLB to host exhibition recognizing 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack
LBPost.com, Nov. 29. 2016 — Long Beach Remembers Pearl Harbor on 75th Anniversary with New Exhibit
Long Beach Business Journal, Nov. 7, 2016 — Marking The 75th Anniversary Of The Attack On Pearl Harbor
KTLA 5 TV, Dec. 7, 2016 — Pearl Harbor Day – Long Beach Connection (video)

Photos from the Opening Reception:

“Lest We Forget December 7, 1941” Memorial Service — Held at Long Beach City Hall at precisely 9:50 a.m. on December 7, 2016:


Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association
Molina Healthcare  •  Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, 4th District  •  Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation
Port of Long Beach  •  James & Elizabeth Breslauer  •  Matson Foundation
Boeing Employees Community Foundation  •  St. Mary Medical Foundation
Miller Foundation  •  Long Beach Airport  •  Niki Tennant  •  Leo & Judith Vander Lans
Roxanne Patmor  •  John R. Deats  •  Joan & Joseph Van Hooten  •  Diane Jacobus
Kristi Fischer & Joe Vanderhorst  •  Mike & Arline Walters  •  Don Temple Family Foundation
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center  •  John W. & Elizabeth Hancock  •  Arts Council for Long Beach
Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell  •  Council Member Al Austin  •  Mitchell Land Company
Melanie & David Werts  •  Evan Anderson Braude  •  Jerry Miller  •  Gregg Whelan
Jean Smith  •  Nelson Farris  •  Bob T. Hight