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Pennsylvania

Sunday, December 7, 1941
Attacked in Drydock - Pearl Harbor
During the Pearl Harbor attack, Pennsylvania was in drydock and was one of the first ships in the harbor to open fire as enemy dive bombers and torpedo planes roared out of the overcast. Repeated attempts were made to torpedo the caisson of the drydock but all were unsuccessful, however Pennsylvania and the surrounding dock areas were severely strafed. ... The crew of one 5-inch gun mount was killed when a bomb struck the starboard side of her boat deck and exploded inside casemate 9. Destroyers Cassin and Downes, just forward of Pennsylvania in the same drydock were seriously damaged by bomb hits. Pennsylvania was pockmarked by flying fragments. A 1000 pound component of a torpedo tube from destroyer DOWNES, was blown onto the forecastle of Pennsylvania.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 24

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 2c Payton Vanderpool USN
Cpl Jesse Vincent USMC
Pvt George Wade USMC
Sea 1c Claude Watson USN

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