Countless acts of bravery on 7 December 1941 helped save the lives of many. Sixty years later, the material symbol of one man's courage on that day remains unclaimed.
Pearl Harbor was one of the greatest disasters in U.S. military history: More than 2,400 Americans were killed. Twenty-one ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged, including eight battleships, three cruisers, and four destroyers. Aircraft losses were 188 destroyed and 159 damaged.
There were countless acts of heroism. Fifteen men were awarded Medals of Honor for their actions that morning, many posthumously. One of those men was Chief Watertender Peter Tomich, who served on one of the ships sunk that day—the former-battleship-turned-- target-ship USS Utah (AG-16). Unlike the other Medals of Honor from 7 December, Tomich's has not been given a permanent home. His next of kin never has benn found.