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Forgotten on the Far Side of Ford Island: USS Utah, USS Detroit, USS Raleigh and USS Tangier

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Since we are remembering the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor this week here is an older post about some of the lesser known ships that were attacked on the far side of Ford Island during the attack. They were not the Battleships, they were a former Battleship converted to a gunnery training ship and target ship, a tender and an a pair of obsolete Light Cruisers. However, they too like their more famous sisters on Battleship Row endured the fury of the assault of the Japanese First Air Fleet on that Sunday that will live in infamy.
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USS Utah BB-31 in 1920s

When you visit Pearl Harbor most eyes are drawn to the USS Missouri and the USS Arizona Memorial on Battleship Row.  On the mooring quays the names of the Battleships California, Oklahoma, Maryland, West Virginia, Tennessee and Arizona mark the places where the proud Battle Force of the U.S. Pacific fleet was moored on the fateful morning of December 7th 1941.  Movies such as Tora! Tora! Tora!, In Harm’s Way and Pearl Harbor have recorded the attack in varying degrees of accuracy for audiences worldwide in the 1960s, 1970s and 2000s. All record the attack on Battleship row and the attacks on the Army Air Corps at Hickam Field but all overlook the former battleship moored on the west side of Ford Island, the two elderly light cruisers and the Seaplane Tender moored nearby.

USS Utah AG-16 in 1935

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