Compiled by William Hughes, Rm3/c, USS Utah
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This section is reserved for the personal stories of eyewitnesses - persons stationed aboard Utah at the time of the Japanese sneak attack upon the armed forces of the United States of America. Despite news reports of potential conflict between the two countries, most of us never believed the Japanese would have the wherewithal or nerve to launch a full-scale unprovoked attack against us. "They would not dare" was a common opinion heard around the scuttlebutts and mess halls. If they did, it would not be upon such a bastion of power as the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
When it occurred we were caught completely off guard. Our surprise would quickly turn into fear and for many terror. The stories you are about to read are true inasmuch as our recollection allows. .Because of the length of anticipated reports we have decided to provide links to each individual Story. I sailed with these men, I knew a few of them then, and I know many more now despite the ravage of years. We hope you enjoy reading what they have to say regarding their lives on one of our country's darkest days. Here are their stories, in their own words:
Ed. Note: The eyewitness stories from persons shown above are generally limited to their life on the Utah, and their experiences on that fateful day - December 7, 1941. However, those who survived the sinking of the Utah, as well as other ships at Pearl Harbor, were then "given tickets to a front row seat to the Pacific War" aboard other ships and stations. Some of us would survive and arrive in Tokyo Bay, Japan. Sept. 2, 1945. (Date of surrender and end of World War II.) Others were happy to have just survived.
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