Today, we’re setting our sights on a familiar event. It’s one that you’ve probably heard about a thousand times over in history class, on documentaries, and even in blockbuster films – Pearl Harbor. 

We’re revisiting that fateful day of December 7, 1941, when an ominous formation of aircraft shattered the calm Hawaiian morning.

But hang on a minute. Before you say, “Been there, done that,” let’s set something straight. We’re not here to rehash the same stories you’ve heard repeatedly. 

No, we’re taking the road less traveled, delving into the shadows of the well-trodden narratives, and hunting down those elusive, lesser-known stories of Pearl Harbor.

Joe Lockard: The Unsung Radar Hero

Let’s kick things off with one of the least recognized heroes of Pearl Harbor, an Army radar operator named Joseph L. Lockard

On that fateful Sunday morning, Joe, just a young guy, picked up a large blip on the radar screen. He was training at the radar station when he saw something frightening and unusual, a large formation of planes heading towards Oahu.

The general view of the Pearl Harbor attack. (Wikimedia Commons)

Lockard reported his findings, but the warning fell on deaf ears, dismissed as a bunch of American B-17 bombers coming from the mainland. Imagine being that young man who saw it coming, but nobody listened. 

We don’t hear his story often, but can you imagine the frustration and the “I-told-you-so” he must have felt? A classic example of the little guy getting it right.