Why am I limited on the ability to give ovations? @support Have I done something wrong? @sumi Am I not a member in good standing? Is there some mystical, magical, maximum amount of good postings allowed per day that I'm exceeding in my reading?
Happy Pearl Harbor Day to you too.
The USS St. Louis, a light cruiser and the seventh US Navy ship in history named after my home town was the only US ship out of harbor after being docked and not in service on the morning of December 7, 1941 to join in the battle.
The St. Louis was moored to the pier in Southeast Lock at the time of the Japanese attack. At 7:56, Japanese planes were sighted by observers on board St. Louis.
Within minutes, the ship was at general quarters and her operable anti-aircraft guns were manned and firing on the attackers. By 8:06, preparations for getting underway had begun. At about 8:20, one of the cruiser's gun crews shot down its first Japanese torpedo plane. By 9:00, two more Japanese aircraft had joined the first. At 9:31, St. Louis moved away from the pier and headed for South Channel and the open sea. 15 minutes later, her 6 inch guns, whose power leads had been disconnected, were in full operating order.
As the cruiser moved into the channel entrance, she became the target of a midget submarine. The Japanese torpedoes exploded striking a shoal less than 200 yards from the ship. Destroyers then pounded the bottom with depth charges and St. Louis continued out to sea where she joined Detroit and Phoenix, both of which also left Pearl Harbor during the attack, and a few destroyers searching for the Japanese fleet. After failing to locate the Japanese strike force, the hunters returned to Pearl Harbor on 10 December. St. Louis turned to escorting transports carrying casualties to San Francisco and troops to Hawaii.
Thank you. Ovation attempted. denied
This is so cute, had to share, and it's about sharing. he he..
Really good link/commercial. Thanks for sharing! Ovation attempted. denied
Thank you Peeps. Not many vets from that era left, and they're passing away at an ever increasing rate. Ovation attempted. denied