Posted 6 years ago
70 years ago today my father a 3rd class Gunner's Mate was aboard the USS Tern AM-31 that was moored at the end of 1010 dock at Pearl Harbor, TH. Unknown to him that morning around 7 a.m. as he left his ship headed for the USS Helena. He had to cross over the Helena to get to the USS Ogalaia to meet his buddy. About the time he set foot on the gangplank of the Helena he heard machine gun fire from the torpedo bombers. He saw the first torpedo launched at the USS Arizona and saw the destroyer Shaw go up in smoke and fire. My dad headed back to the Tern, but was told to get on a passing by truck which had a 50 cal machine gun that they set up on a ball field. This would be a day my father would never forget.