Posted by: SJS | December 7, 2019

Pearl Harbor Day — December 7, 1941

In the early hours of Sunday, December 7th, 1941, the forces of Imperial Japan attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  It was the day that propelled the United States into World War II.

During the chaos and overwhelming destruction that enveloped the American naval forces on that dark day, the crews of several PT boats were able to swing into action and return fire.  The skill, courage, and fighting spirit of those PT sailors embodied the very best qualities of the United States Navy–qualities which attracted other young men from across America to volunteer for service in the Navy’s Mosquito Fleet.

Like so many other high school boys, my father made his decision about entering the US Armed Forces on that tragic day in 1941.  He began counting the days until his high school graduation in 1943 and started checking out what the Navy had to offer.  By the summer of 1944, he was a radio man on the PTs in the Mediterranean.

The photo is from the Mosquito Fleet collection of Frank Andruss.


    • Excellent! Thanks so much, GP.

  1. Thank you for this post, GP.

  2. Of course I mean PT Boat Red. 🙂

    • Jennie, Understood. No problem–GP does excellent work and his posts and comments are always appreciated.

      • Many thanks! And yes, GP does great work. So do you.

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