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The Pearl Harbor tour takes you back in time to 1941. Your personal tour guides, dressed in World War II period air corps attire, will provide historical facts leading up to the war along with any questions about that historic day. Included in the tour, is a chance to hear the live recording of President Roosevelt's famous "A Day that will Live in Infamy" speech. Once you arrive at Pearl Harbor, a 22-minute documentary film with actual enemy attack footage will be shown. Following the video, a Navy launch takes you across the harbor to the Arizona Memorial. The memorial sits atop the sunken hull of the USS Arizona. While at this memorial you are able to witness the 'black tears' oil droplets that still seep from the fallen ship, as well as the names written on memorial wall. Your guide provides continuous narration throughout the tour and it is sure to stir your patriotic spirit.
Wheeler Army Airfield:
On December 7th, 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft attacked Wheeler Army Airfield without warning. By eliminating all air opposition by the Hawaiian Air Force they would be able to cripple the U.S. Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor. Your guide will provide analysis of the Army Air Corp pilots' heroic response to the attack. You'll hear an account from two of the war's aces, Lt. Ken Taylor and George Welch. Today's home of the 25th Infantry Aviation Brigade used to be the home of both the 15th and the 18th Pursuit Groups of Wheeler Army Airfield. You will be able to take pictures of the same P-40 World War II fighter plane that was used in the filming of the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora". Also drive along the flightline of American aircrafts that were attacked by Japanese dive-bombers.
Schofield Army Barracks:
The largest Army Base outside the Continental United States is Schofield Army Barracks. If this base looks familiar it is probably because it was filmed in the movie "From Here to Eternity". Japanese attack aircraft 'warmed up their guns' as they flew over Schofield while on their way to bomb Wheeler Field and Pearl Harbor. To defend against further attacks, the 24th and 25th Divisions at Schofield Barracks were deployed to the north and south. In 1942 the division began their deployment to the South Pacific landing in Guadalcanal, the Solomons, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and the Phillippines. You will enjoy World War II pictures, tanks, and weapons at the museum dedicated to the 25th Infantry "Tropic Lightning". This proud division courageously served in combat throughout WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam conflict, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Because this museum is closed on Mondays, we will visit the United by Sacrifice Memorial instead.
The oldest U.S. Military base on Oahu, completed in 1907, looks identical to the way it looked on December 7, 1941. From 1921 through WWII, Fort Shafter served as an anti-aircraft artillery post. On December 7, 1941, the Coast Artillery batteries established gun positions on the parade ground and sustained the only known casualties at Fort Shafter. You'll see a beautiful fountain build by Italian prisoners of war, King Kamehameha's cannon. Next you enter the "Pineapple Pentagon" where you view historical bronze-works, paintings, and battle flags earned by the U.S. Army in the Pacific. Also on display are the names of the sum 400 U.S. Army soldiers that received the Medal of Honor.
At the Fort Shafter Military Club you will enjoy a no host sumptuous buffet lunch overlooking the club's golf course, providing you with the opportunity to visit with your fellow travelers and hear their stories.
- Round trip transportation from Waikiki
- Pearl Harbor's Visitors Center & Museum
- Board Navy Shuttle to the Arizona Memorial
- Tour of Fort Shafter & the famous Quarters 5
- Visit the "Pineapple Pentagon"
- Iolani Palace - the only Royal Palace on American soil
- Live Historical narration by expert guide
- Dramatic Footage of the actual attack
- View the U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters
- Visit the Arizona Memorial WWII museum
- See the Black Tears of the Arizona
- See the Headquarters of the USA Pacific Fleet
- Tour historic downtown Honolulu
- Drive through Punchbowl National Cemetery
Pickup from hotel: 6:00am
Approximate return time: 2:00pm
Dine in Fort Shafter Military Club. (Cost of lunch NOT
included in tour price.)