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Recent conferences have featured Daniel Martinez, historian of the USS Arizona Memorial and frequent host of Discovery Channel programs, as well as Arnold and Henry Kriegstein who have the finest collection of antique Admiralty models in private hands.
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Daniel Martinez, M.P.A., is a U.S. National Park Service Ranger and chief historian at the USS Arizona and World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor.
He also serves as an adjunct professor at the U.S.
Naval War College
From 2002 to 2006, he
was the creator, host, and historian in-residence for the Discovery Channel series, "Unsolved History.
Recognition, restoration and the USS Arizona Memorial
as explained by The Chief Historian at the USS Arizona Memorial, Daniel Martinez
International Midway Memorial Foundation: The Foundation
The panelists included: Dr. Paul E. Tobin, USN, Director of the Naval Historical Center, Daniel A. Martinez, Chief Historian, USS Arizona Memorial, Alan S. Lloyd, Volunteer Historian, USS Missouri Memorial Association, Richard Rodby, and myself.
Remarks were then given by Dr. Gerhard Kuska, White House Representative; Rear Admiral William Van Meter Alford, Jr., U.S. Navy Representative; Brigadier General Jerry Hagen, USMC (Ret.), U.S. Marine Corps Representative; Daniel A. Martinez, National Park Service Representative and Barry Stieglitz U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Representative.
Other distinguished guests were Brigadier General Jerry Hagen, USMC (Ret.), Colonel Warren Weidhahn, USMC (Ret.), Military Historic Tours; Colonel Richard Camp, USMC (Ret.); Captain James A. Noone USNR (Ret.); Patrick Brent, USMC, Crewmember of the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center; Daniel A. Martinez and Richard Rodby, Active Member of the Board of Trustees of the IMMF.
Woven into their stories is the ...
Woven into their stories is the perspective of Daniel Martinez, Chief Historian of the Valor in the Pacific Monument at Pearl Harbor and author of the acclaimed book December 1941, Craig Shirley.
*Interview with Historian Daniel Martinez
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As chief historian at the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Daniel Martinez oversees the interpretation of the attack by the Japanese that ignited United States involvement in World War II.
As such, the Los Angeles native often has an opportunity to uncover layers of lost history and personal testimony that complete the story.
USS Arizona Memorial
at Pearl Harbor
"One of the great myths about Pearl Harbor
is that it was solely an attack on [the base]," says Martinez
"Rather, it was a comprehensive strike on all military installations, primarily the airfields throughout the island.
In order for the Japanese attack to be successful, they had to take out our airfields so that we couldn't respond."
says that another seldom recognized aspect of the story is the number of dead and wounded in the areas surrounding the attack, beyond the military facilities.
"The civilian population was affected in Honolulu; 49 were killed," he
"Many were affected by friendly fire.
And of course, you had airmen and pilots killed at the airfield.
That adds to the 2,390 that made up the casualties for that day."
War in the Pacific Historian Daniel Martinez
In addition to several events leading up to the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor
attacks on Dec. 7, Martinez
is organizing a 70th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Attack Symposium on Dec. 2-5 at the WWII Valor
in the Pacific National Monument located at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
The already sold-out event will include a premier of the History Channel's documentary, "Pearl Harbor
: 24 Hours After," and tours of the attack sites and historic boats.
Subsequent commemorative events will be held on Dec. 7-8 at the Monument and related sites.
In addition to renowned historians and authors from Japan and the United States, Martinez
has invited a number of military and civilians survivors of the attacks to share their experiences at the Symposium.
The value he
attaches to such personal histories stems from his
experience as an undergraduate at CSU Dominguez Hills when he
maternal grandfather about the events of Dec. 7, 1941 for a course on oral histories taught by Judson Grenier, emeritus professor of history.
"My grandfather, Harlan Gray, was a miner and a Navy federal worker," says Martinez
"My grandfather survived but witnessed this horrifying thing, the explosion of the USS Arizona
," says Martinez
"The workers were kept on duty.
When the raid, which lasted two hours, was over, they had the unenviable job to go out on boats to retrieve the dead out of the water.
Those bodies were laid out on a narrow pier called Aiea Landing to be identified.
said… that he
never got over how young the faces were.
"During that interview, my grandfather got up and walked away from the recording four times, and I couldn't understand why that was happening," says Martinez
Martinez began his career with the National Park Service while still attending CSU Dominguez Hills, as a seasonal park ranger at the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument in Crow Agency, Mont.
When a position opened up at the USS Arizona Memorial
in 1985, he
jumped at the opportunity.
started out as a law enforcement ranger/interpreter.
"The only way I was going to get into the National Park Service
[permanently] was to be versatile," says Martinez