Sunday, December 7, 1941, shortly before 8 a.m. the men on board the USS Arizona were preparing for Sunday morning services, planning shore leave, writing letters home and visiting with shipmates. Little did they know that the day's events would forever change their lives. As the Japanese attacked, this quiet morning turned into a nightmare many would carry with them the rest of their lives. Many more would not survive the devastating attack. "General Quarters" was sounded and the men scrambled for their battle stations. Within minutes, the men were firing back at the swarm of Japanese planes. Facing, fires, black smoke, explosions and the continual strafing from the Japanese planes, these men remained at their respective battle stations. Many died instantly when a bomb went through the after deck and landed in the black powder room igniting a huge explosion and an immense fire ball that traveled throughout the ship. Faced with badly burned men wandering about on deck, those men that survived the initial explosion, heroically helped evacuate the wounded all the while dodging the bullets from the attacking planes and the fires roaring about them. By this time, the fuel oil from the ship's tanks had escaped and covered the water around the ship. This oil promptly caught fire making "abandon ship" into a treacherous deed. Many of those that jumped were caught up in the fires and fuel oil. This made it impossible to swim to safety. This book is a memorial to the men that were serving on the USS Arizona that fateful morning. Who were these men and what did they experience. This is their story."
Published in October 2011, author T. J. Cooper gives us an insightful and informative look at the men of the USS Arizona. Well organized book includes alphabetical listing of every man assigned to the USS Arizona on 7 December 1941 along with their biographical information and story. Huge number of photos. A "must have" addition to your Pearl Harbor library.
Also by T. J. Cooper -
The Men of the USS Utah (BB-31/AG-16): The Forgotten Ship of Pearl Harbor
In the early hours of December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched their first attack on Pearl Harbor. Their main targets were the aircraft carriers and the destroyers in port. The USS Utah was moored in an area reserved for the aircraft carriers. Utah was covered in 6 by 12 inch timbers and metal sheds to protect it from target practice. The location of the Utah coupled with the timbers on deck, made it appear as an aircraft carrier. The Japanese pilots attacked the Utah with a vengance. Utah was the first ship to be hit and sunk. The USS Utah remains sunk in Pearl Harbor today. Until very recently, access to the memorial site has been allowed only with special permission. Most visitors to Pearl are not aware of the Utah Memorial or even that she remains in the harbor with 50 men still on duty. This book is a memorial to all the men that were serving on the Utah on that fateful morning. Who were these brave men? What did they experience during those last minutes? This is their story.
Published in December 2009, author T. J. Cooper gives us an insightful and informative look at the men of the USS Utah. Well organized book includes alphabetical listing of every man assigned to the USS Utah on 7 December 1941 along with their biographical information and story. Huge number of photos. A "must have" addition to your Pearl Harbor library.