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Other Ships

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Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Avocet

May 03, 2018 ·  
On September 17, 1918, the USS Avocet was commissioned as a Lapwing-class minesweeper with the hull designation (AM-19). For seven years, she maintained this designation, sailing under the command of Lieutenant Christian Crone. In that seven-year span, Avocet took part in multiple tests and exercises, but never saw any combat. It wasn’t until years after […]
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USS Sotoyomo: The Oldest Ship at Pearl Harbor

February 23, 2018 ·  
The attack on Pearl Harbor that unfolded on December 7, 1941 left the United States reeling. More than 2,400 lives were lost, and massive damage was inflicted on the ships in the harbor and hundreds of aircraft at bases across Oahu. It was an attack intended to completely cripple the US Pacific Fleet, but American resilience […]
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The US Coast Guard Cutter Tiger

January 24, 2018 ·  
In the early morning hours of December 7, 1941, a quiet Sunday in Hawaii, the United States Coast Guard Cutter Tiger was patrolling the waters just outside the naval base at Pearl Harbor. Expecting nothing but peace and calm throughout the day, the Tiger’s crew went about their business as the sun began to break […]
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USS Neosho - From Pearl Harbor to the South Pacific

December 18, 2017 ·  
Stretching 463 miles, cutting through Oklahoma and Kansas, is the Neosho River. Dozens of towns call the banks of the Neosho home, but it’s an otherwise unremarkable waterway in the heart of the United States. What makes the Neosho memorable, however, are the ships of the US Navy that bore its name. The most notable […]
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Resurrecting the USS Oglala

October 05, 2017 ·  
On December 7th, 1917, exactly 24 years prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the USS Oglala (CM-4) began her service in the US Navy. Over the course of her naval career, the Oglala sailed under three different names, including the USS Massachusetts and the USS Shawmut. During World War I, under the name USS Shawmut, she […]
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USS Honolulu Survivor Charles Mitchell

October 04, 2017 ·  
Charles Mitchell, who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor while serving aboard the USS Honolulu (CL-48), passed away on September 28th, 2017, at the age of 94. When we discuss the attack on Pearl Harbor, we’re often so focused on the eight battleships that were the prime targets of the Japanese attack that we almost forget […]
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The Story of the USS Helm

September 27, 2017 ·  
On May 27th, 1937, the USS Helm (DD-388) was launched at the Norfolk Navy Yard, sponsored by the widow of Rear Admiral James Meredith Helm. Five months later, the Bagley-class destroyer was commissioned into the US Navy under Lt. Comdr. P. H. Talbot. Once prepped and ready for travel, the Helm was ordered to the Caribbean, […]
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The Pearl Harbor-Tacoma, Washington Connection

June 27, 2017 ·  
Separated by over 2,500 miles of ocean, the city of Tacoma, WA and the naval base at Pearl Harbor don’t seem to have much to connect them, but even 75 years after the devastating strike in Hawaii, there’s an unexpected element that links the two together: the US Coast Guard Cutter Tiger (WSC-152). Tacoma was […]
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The American Fleet Damaged at Pearl Harbor

May 19, 2017 ·  
When discussing the ships lost at Pearl Harbor, it’s easy to focus solely on the battleships that took the brunt of the attack, but there were many other ships present, and few of them emerged from the two-hour assault completely unscathed. The following is a list of American vessels that were significantly damaged or destroyed during the attack […]
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Taking to the Seas: The Ships of the Harbor

January 04, 2017 ·  
The attack on Pearl Harbor took the lives of over 2,400 Americans. Some of them were on land, scurrying for cover as Japanese bombers and fighters strafed them and destroyed civilian structures and businesses. The rest were in the thick of the battle, some manning gigantic water vessels that were dormant and unprepared for the […]
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