Native Hawaiian Pearl Harbor survivor ‘Uncle Herb’ dies


A local Pearl Harbor survivor has died.

“Uncle Herb” Weatherwax died Monday, Dec. 12, “with dignity and grace,” according to his daughter, Carrie Weatherwax.

Weatherwax was a frequent volunteer at the National Park Service’s Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

He most recently attended the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration Ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. It was his final wish, his family said.

In October, Weatherwax and fellow local Pearl Harbor survivor Al Rodrigues were featured in the filming at JBPHH of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “Rock the Troops.”

Raised on the outskirts of Hilo, Weatherwax was drafted into the Army in June 1941 and stationed at Schofield Barracks in Wahiawa. He was on a weekend pass in Honolulu when the attack occurred, and had to be recalled to his duty station.

Weatherwax authored “Counting My Blessings: The Autobiography of a Native Hawaiian Pearl Harbor Survivor.”

His family is planning a celebration of life service to be held in June.

Weatherwax was 99 years old.

Photo provided by Mary Weatherwax
Photo provided by Mary Weatherwax

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