Meeting Warren Verhoff during
my visit to Pearl Harbor more than 20 years ago was something I'll never forget. He spent a good deal of time with me,
patiently speaking in a muffled remembrance-filled splashing of bitter memories, made seemingly so much harsher by his repeating
the tale for yet another visitor. As a docent, Verhoff brought life to the story of that day far beyond anything I could
have imagined. It could be that my encounter with him shaped my desire as a teacher to emphasize primary sources in
presentations and long-term projects so that a level of authenticity could be felt that seemingly was lacking in the accounts
of events I was showing to my students.
It was truly a privilege meeting Warren Verhoff at Pearl Harbor. What is published here is very close to what he
told me, later found in a book of first hand-accounts of testimony of those serving that day.