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Fold3’s Interactive Pearl Harbor and Vietnam War Memorials

In this month of both Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, take a moment to visit the two interactive memorial walls on Fold3—the USS Arizona Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial—to pay tribute to America’s fallen heroes who perished in the attack on Pearl Harbor or during the Vietnam War. These interactive memorials allow you to learn more about the people whose names are inscribed on the walls as well as share your own facts, stories, and photos in remembrance of the veterans.

Interactive USS Arizona MemorialAdd your Tribute to the names on the wall
When the Japanese bombed the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the USS Arizona was sunk, killing 1,177 officers and crew. The USS Arizona Memorial was built in 1962 over the ship’s wreckage to honor the Arizona’s casualties and commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Fold3’s Interactive USS Arizona Memorial includes a high-resolution image of the wall that you can search or browse to find the names of servicemen who died on the Arizona. Each name is linked to an Honor Wall page where you can find information about the veteran as well as add your own photos or tributes.

Interactive Vietnam Veterans MemorialJames L Littler III on The Wall
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC was completed in 1982 and is etched with the names of more than 58,000 veterans killed or missing during the war. The interactive memorial on Fold3 was made of 6,301 photographs of the physical wall that were stitched together by computer into a single, high-quality image.

As with the Interactive USS Arizona Memorial, the Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial allows you to either search for a name or look at a high-resolution image of the wall—as if you were really in Washington DC. Like the interactive Arizona memorial, every name on Fold3’s Vietnam wall is connected to an Honor Wall page for the veteran that you can view or edit.

If you haven’t visited these interactive memorials before, take a moment to do so and perhaps leave a tribute for veterans in your family whose names are on the walls. Or leave a tribute for any veteran, no matter what time period they served, by expanding or creating a memorial page for them on Fold3’s Honor Wall.

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  1. In memory of my father, CAPT Hugh Robert McKibbin. USN, USNA 1933, and the members of his squadron who had the duty at Kaneohe, Hawaii the day that Pearl Harbor was attacked. My father was not there because my grandfather in San Diego had a massive heart attack, but his car can be seen in films like “Tora, Tora, Tora.”

  2. Saw the movie a number of times. Now I know who the car belonged too.

  3. My dad was there, but he was in church when the Japanese strike occurred. He was slightly injured – broke his thumb and lost the tip of his ring finger – pulling other men to safety. Certainly not a sacrifice of the magnitude of many others.

  4. My husband, David Ernest Strong, Captain of Marines, did not die in Vietnam, but he died as a result of his service. He was sprayed, more than once, with Agent Orange. He had cancer from August, 2004, until Memorial Day this year, (May 30. 2016).
    He was brave and strong. He never lost his sense of humor and joy in life. Semper Fi.

  5. I only learned about three years ago that my dad had just arrived at Pearl Harbor around December 4-6, 1947. He was “taking a snooze,” as he put it when all help broke loose. I had asked him all the time I was growing up about that December 7, but he refused to talk about it. He would talk about when he was on the battleship Colorado, I believe, and the search for Amelia Erhardt, or on the USS Marblehead when it was virtually bombed into oblivion but never about Pearl Harbor. His ex wife told me that he had been listed as missing in action for three months and he’d just say he “was probably in a bar.” He went on to fight in every battle in the Pacific. Then in Korea and lastly Viet Nam. Thirty years active Navy.

  6. in memory of Larry L. Maxam 02/02/1968 Cam LO R.V.N. buried at punch bowl. R.I.P. I will never forget.

  7. My uncle Robert Norris Edling was aboard the USS Helena that day and died. There were many more ships than just the Arizona that were destroyed. But nowhere are the names of all who died at Pearl listed, just this memorial for the Arizona.

    • I’ve been to the Pearl Harbor Memorial at least 5 times, and you are correct. They do not list all the deceased soldiers, sailors and airmen. It is very unfortunate. My father was also there that day and listed MIA. For three months his family did not know if he was dead or alive. Fortunately for my sake he lived to be 93. He served 30 years active Navy and three wars: WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam.

  8. My uncle, Earnest George Kuzee, was a crew member on the USS Helena. In the attack on December 7, 1941, he was blown into the water. He died two days later on December 9, 1941. He was 20 years old.

    • My dad was only 22. Such a waste of young, strong men.

      Somebody once said, perhaps more in truth than jest, that wars should be fought by old men. They have raised their families, have generally bad attitudes, and “nobody can outrun a bullet, anyway”.

    • Linda, I am truly sorry for your loss. My mother, Rosetta June, is a Cooper and she just died 19 OCT 16 at 91.

  9. My Uncle Robert LeClare Scott (1922-1967) was a Pharmacy Mate on a submarine and there during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He is on page 19 of the Pearl Harbor Muster Roll.

    It must have been horrific for him, but no mention has come to me. Fellow local Kansas servicemen lost their lives on the Arizona.

  10. I’m looking for information about a J. Schurr listed on the Arizona Memorial wall. Our family name is Schurr and there were not many in America at the time of World War II.

    Connie Schurr
    connie_schurr@yahoo.com

    • He is listed on the Fold3 interactive Arizona Memorial wall with his rank as Em2c. His first name was John according to Fold3 You might try the Ancestry.com website to do further research on your family name.

    • Thank you, I will do that.

  11. My nephew, Wayne Paul Moore lost his life in Vietnam at the age of 21. He was a Marine Gunner. We never forget!

  12. My husband’s first cousin Capt Phillip Don Childers, 9 days in Vietnam, helicopter pilot killed when his and another helicopter collided. He was in his early 20’s and engaged to get married after his tour of duty. So very, very sad. He was burned so bad there could be no viewing.

    • Condolences to your husband. My favorite first cousin we all loved survived two tours in that sinkhole and about two years after he came home, he committed suicide. I still mourn his passing.

  13. My mother’s first cousin, Daniel Thornburg Griffin, was at the Kaneohe Air Strip when the Japanese planes flew over. He managed to get a plane into the air but was immediately shot down. He was swimming for shore when they strafed the water and killed him. He was thought to be the first person killed during the attack and had 2 ships named after him. His body was eventually recovered and he is buried with the family in Colorado Springs, CO.

  14. In memory of my Grandfather, SSgt Carroll G Lusche, USMC. Who was a cook on the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7th, 1941 and was abord ship that morning. He later made the ultimate sacrifice Nov. 20, 1943 on Tarawa.

  15. I was seven years old on that Sunday and our next door neighbor, who was also my dad’s cousin, had a son, Albert Miller, in the Navy at Pearl Harbor. She came over to our house at about noon to tell us that the base had been attacked by the Japanese. A few days passed before she was finally notified that her son was safe. At my young age at the time I did not understand the full significance of the attack. But my older brother and my sister’s husband would both soon be leaving for military service. Our lives at home changed drastically after that day. I visited the Arizona Memorial in 1980.

  16. We the Dead & Dying in servitude to are past? Whats in a conflict but conflict. Why is it money or pride? Is it a better life? The Divine always seeks the advantage of the betterment of humanity unfortunately unevolved social imaginations have to often in the past left a blur of destruction & death that has taken decades to heal families from the fallen Vets to the innocent civils caught up in fear. Internment camps & sucide bombers. Education education education in the social imagination. imagine Nation living in peace. imagine United Nations Living in peace.

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  21. Engraved at W25/Line39 of the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. is the name of Cpl. Peter Gibson, US Marine Corps, an Orlando kid who was killed in a helicopter shoot-down on May 10, 1969, in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. He was 19 years old and had just more than a month to complete his year-long hitch in the war. The next day — Mother’s Day, May 11 — two Marines pulled up at the home Peter left when he joined the service. They informed his parents of his death half a world away. I never met Peter, because he was already in Vietnam when his sister and I met and began dating in our senior year of high school. That had a Mother’s Day brunch with his parents, during which Mrs. Gibson menioned happily mentioned how relieved she would be upon Peter’s homecoming. I left to join my folks to honor my own Mom. Peter’s sister and I had a movie date planned for that night. I lived about 15 minutes away, and the phone was ringing when I walked in my house. It was Peter’s sister, telling me the horrible news that war so often brings to family back home. Later that summer after we graduated, Peter’s sister and I were off chasing goals that didn’t mesh and I haven’t seen her since. But all these years later, now 65 years old, I still think of that boy often. In the ’80s, I stood at the wall and found it incredibly moving, not the least reason being the notes and mementos to the dead left by friends and families. I made a rubbing of his name, felt as if I were saying hello to Peter for the first time, and then thanks and goodbye. Add to his name those of more than 58,000 other American servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives in that war…not to mention the various 7-figure estimates of falalities among Vietnamese fighters and hapless civilians, and what you have is one heck of a bloodbath. And most people in our country today likely couldn’t even name the combatants, much less what the war was about.

  22. My dad’s ship was BB214 and it arrived at Pearl Harbor 5 min after it was bombed. He never really talked about it much. But us girls would sometimes be playing and sneak up behind him. It was very hard on him to be teased that way but we now realize that he had PTSD. He died in ’91 of Alzheimer’s. My dads brother and my only living uncle served on the Arizona. I believe he told me that the 5 Sullivan brothers wanted to stay together and was on that ship and they all died. Since then family was not allowed to be on the same ship.

    • Pearl Harbor was what inspired the Sullivan brothers to join the Navy. like most of the nation. 4 of the 5 died on the same ship, with one that survived. George, I think. He was later lost on the Indianapolis, when it was sank after delivering the Atom Bomb.

    • US had no 3 digit battleships(BB). All US battleships of Pacific Fleet had spent Sat night in Pearl.

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  24. For all the guys I knew, most of who came back home and those who didn’t. I remember you and I’ll be thinking of you. I lost seven buddies from my company who were lost when their plane, Flying Tigers Flight 739 took off from Guam and was never seen again. They and 98 other service men were headed to Nam when they died. Their names have never been put on the Wall, I think that is a terrible terrible tragedy that because they never arrived they were considered un-worthy for the Wall.

    • I certainly think they belong on there. Their plane is probably at the bottom of the sea and has just never been found,

    • Perhaps the families can get in touch with the military to find out why their names are not on the wall and if they can be added. They may not be the only ones not listed. It is a shame but might be able to be changed. I hope they have good luck.

  25. My Mom’s first cousin was on the Arizona when He wasn’t at the air base. Daniel T Griffin is on the memorial, even though he died trying to get a plane in the air. I think the Sullivan boys were killed at sea later in the war.

  26. A friend of mine in college, lived in Hawaii when it was bombed. He was a young boy and lived on the other side of the hills around the harbor. When the bombing started, he and his father ran to the top of their hill and laid in the grasses to watch the horrific sight unfold.

  27. My 7th and 8th Grade Gifted students, at Vaughn Middle Schoo,built a $9000. Memorial to the U.S.S. Nevada BB#36, on the Capital Grounds in Carson City, Nevada, in 1993!!! They raised all the money themselves! They did many other projects for the U.S.S. Nevada; like repairing the ship’s Flags and building Smithsonian Specified Flag Cases for them, which cost thousands more!! They are now 35 and 36, with children of their own, that they can take to see their Memorial- which is just like the one in Pearl Harbor!! Ellyn Mackenzie,retired teacher and administrator.

    • Truly something to be proud of! I have been to the Arizona Memorial many times. It kind of takes your breath away. PBS has produced an amazing film along with The National Park Service. For the first time divers entered the lower decks. It leaves you speechless. I am sure your students will never forget you.

  28. It all started when MY 8th GRADE TEACHER (Mr Bertinelli- Markham Park School, Markham, Illinois-Dec 7,1956) had our Janitor in to tell us about PEARL HARBOR- 15 years before! HE WAS THERE!!! Then, In 1972, I went to Hawaii with a friend, who didn’t want to go out to see the Pearl Harbor Memorial. I went alone and met some Admirals on the Launch, going out there!! I REALLY Learned a Lot !! It was awe-inspiring!! In 1991 my Gifted and Talented kids at Vaughn Middle School, in Reno,Nevada, needed a REAL project!! AGAIN, a speaker again came in to tell about : PEARL HARBOR/ the U. S. S. Nevada B.B. # 36, AND we were off to the RACES!!!!! See My First note above, about the $9000. Memorial they built for the U.S.S. Nevada on State Capitol Grounds, in Carson City, Nevada!!!

    • Awesome!

    • No, Thank You! I’ve never had an opportunity to go there, and had no idea, that they didn’t have anything for all the other service members killed there. it’s sad! And to hear that someone stepped up to help make that right is great! 🙂 I use to work with a man that was on the Oklahoma, and was one of the crew that was cut out of the bottom, after the attack.