World War II in the Pacific
Stories of Some Who Were There
"On the morning of December 7, 1941, I was eleven years old.
These are my memories of the bombing and the days that followed."
-- Yvonne's story.
"We were in the outer channel of Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked."
-- Gunner's story
"The USS Henderson expects to arrive at Midway Island, the most western
of the Hawaiian Islands,
about noon tomorrow - April 26, 1941."
-- For All Hands
0930 ship was called to divine services.
0957 Received message stating hostilities had commenced with Japan with an
air raid on Pearl Harbor, T.H. -- Henderson2
On Mon. 16 March, became aware that my friend, Gus Graves and
6 SOC float planes had been lost and that they had been found on
Rossel Island -- Missing SOCs This
at the Battle of Midway.
On December 5, 1941, we shipped out alone to reinforce the Philippines
on the SS President Johnson. We entered Hawaiian Islands, Jan. 7th, 1942 by way of the Aleutians along with a bunch of Marines in a convoy "larger than the human eye could see".
I was a supply officer with some of the concrete ships; once we were caught in a typhoon, broke the tow and were adrift in an angry ocean.
Sinking of General Frank.
I was a young boy on a sugar plantation on Hawaii and heard the explosion.
First Days of the War on Pyro
Pyro (AE-1) was at West Loch Ammunition
Depot. With tons of ammunition on board for the Nevada and on the dock we were
attacked buy four Jap planes.
Battleships sailed by unseen.
Izard (DD-589) was the luckiest ship as the
Japanese battle fleet sailed by and hit Taffy 3.
Monster Submarine at Guam.
An I-400 class submarine stopped at Guam.
Kaiten Attack at Ulithi.
"Good," the Boatswain said, "You're the man to stand by with
this," and handed me a 12 Lb. sledge hammer.
"Dad was a Captain of Coast Artillery at Fort McArthur, San Pedro, CA.
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