USS Arizona - Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941
The forward superstructure
and Number Two 14"/45 triple gun turret of the sunken USS
Arizona (BB-39), afire after the Japanese raid, 7 December 1941.
The foremast is leaning as a result of the collapse of the hull
structure below its front leg, following the explosion of the
ship's forward magazines. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from
the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR:
Dec. 7, 1941
By June Allen
It was Sunday morning, Dec.
7, 1941. At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, Japanese Imperial forces launched
a surprise air attack on the U.S. Navy's fleet moored at Pearl
Harbor and the nearby Army installation. Nineteen ships were
sunk or damaged, crippling the U.S. fleet. And in a period of
only a few hours, 2,300 Americans were left dead.
One of those was Navy Ensign
Irvin Thompson, 24, of Ketchikan. He was lost in the sinking
of the battleship Oklahoma, Alaska's first serviceman casualty
of World War II. In his honor, flags would fly at half-mast throughout
Alaska Dec. 21, by proclamation of Territorial Governor Ernest
In spite of the fact that the
United States had declared neutrality in Hitler's "European
war" on Sept. 5, 1939, most citizens expected that eventually
the country would be drawn into the conflict. What few expected
was that any nation would dare to attack the United States! The
attack on Pearl Harbor came as an outrage and war was immediately
In Ketchikan, in shock like
the rest of the nation, there were whispered rumors of Japanese
cannery workers and bookkeepers having hidden short wave radios.
In fact, a more specific rumor said that a spy at Waterfall Cannery
had been evacuated by an enemy submarine under cover of night.
There was a rumor of enemy submarines off Prince of Wales Island
- a rumor that soon after earned some credibility when remote
areas in British Columbia and the Oregon coast were lobbed with
incendiary bombs launched from enemy subs. - Read
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