Pearl Harbor survivor Sterling Cale writes book

Sterling Cale

Sterling Cale

National Park Service

Sterling Cale, Pearl Harbor survivor and long-time USS Arizona Memorial volunteer, has released his first book, “A True American.”

The National Park Service and Pacific Historic Parks invited the public to celebrate the book and Cale’s 93rd birthday Dec. 3 at WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The event included a book signing, cake and photos with the author.

Cale’s military career has taken him around the world and back again, from a farm in Illinois to Hawaii, Guadalcanal, Korea and Vietnam. With a front row view of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Cale bravely rescued men from the burning water and collected bodies from the wreckage of the USS Arizona.

His story is one of service, sacrifice and what it means to be a true American. Published by Pacific Historic Parks, Cale’s 56-page book includes photos of his time in Hawaii, his service in Vietnam, volunteering at the USS Arizona Memorial and more.

“A True American: The Story of a Pearl Harbor Survivor, WWII, Korean and Vietnam War Veteran” is available at the Pearl Harbor Museum Store, operated by Pacific

Historic Parks, and online at for $9.95.

“Our Pearl Harbor survivors are our most precious resource. We are grateful for Uncle Sterling’s years of service at the USS Arizona Memorial and honored to celebrate his 93rd birthday with him at the monument,” said Paul DePrey, superintendent, WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

“It is our mission to keep history alive for future generations. Uncle Sterling’s amazing story is sure to inspire USS Arizona Memorial visitors for years to come. Pacific Historic Parks is proud to be the publisher of Uncle Sterling’s book,” said Gene Caliwag, president and CEO, Pacific Historic Parks.

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