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First of two articles today on Pearl Harbor. This is a re-post of an article that I did last year. This is about the ships that somehow got underway during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Each one has an amazing story, and most got underway without key members of their crews and even their commanding officers. They are a testament to the courage, devotion and honor of those who serve in the United States Navy.
They were an odd collection of ships. A battleship, two modern light cruisers, an elderly light cruiser and a collection of destroyers, destroyer minesweepers and destroyer minelayers. Yet in the midst of the din and bloody chaos of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor these ships, sometimes with only the most junior of officers in charge got underway and took to sea in order to seek out and engage the Japanese.
Their sortie is dramatized in the Otto Preminger film In Harm’s Way.
For the first forty minutes of the attack only two ships were underway. The USS Ward which had sunk the Japanese midget submarine outside the harbor entrance an hour before the attack began. The USS Helm was in the main channel as the attack began. They were joined over the next two hours by other ships.
The USS Nevada was the only battleship to get underway…
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