Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941
Subject Source: Events (Local)
Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:
Identifier: OHP 027
Scope and Contents Bernard “Ben” St. John served aboard Intrepid as an Avenger torpedo bomber pilot in VT-18 during World War II, from late 1944 until July 1945. St. John began his interview by discussing his hometown, Adams, Massachusetts, his years in high school, and some of his early jobs. He also recalled hearing about the war in Europe and later the attack on Pearl Harbor. St. John then discussed his decision to become a pilot, the different levels of pilot training, carrier quals, and his first landing on...
Identifier: OHP 012
Scope and Contents James Smith served aboard Intrepid during World War II, from 1943 to 1946, and was a seaman first class stationed as a first loader on a 40mm gun. Smith began his interview by providing a brief background of his life before he joined the Navy. He then discussed his decision join the Navy, how he felt after the Pearl Harbor attack, being assigned to gunnery, and his job as a first loader. After focusing on his initial Navy experiences, Smith described the first time he saw Intrepid, as well as...
Identifier: OHP 013
Scope and Contents Joseph Barry served aboard Intrepid as a radioman during World War II. Barry began his interview by recalling the early years of his life. He then discussed how he learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor and his decision to join the Navy. Barry next recounted becoming a radioman, seeing Intrepid for the first time, and working in the radio shack. He described the radio shack, stated the number of men that worked in that space, and explained the job they performed. Barry also noted that the...
Identifier: OHP 001
Scope and Contents Joseph D. Murphy served aboard Intrepid as a gunnery officer and deck officer during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. Murphy began his interview by discussing his family and the community where he was raised. He then described hearing the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor, joining the Navy Reserve, and receiving his commission as an ensign from Columbia midshipmen school. Murphy then continued, describing the first time he saw Intrepid and Intrepid’s commissioning ceremony. At this time, and...
Identifier: OHP 007
Scope and Contents Raymond T. Stone served aboard Intrepid as a radarman second class during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. Stone began his interview by recalling the moment he heard of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He then discussed his decision to join the Navy, basic training, how he became a radarman, and his first time seeing Intrepid. Stone continued by describing his work in Intrepid’s combat information center (CIC). He covered topics such as the layout of CIC, the communication of information, the daily...
Scope and Contents The diaries detail Montfort’s pre-war life and his Navy service. Almost every day has a comprehensive entry, with the exception of the missing pages at February 5-9, 1944. Highlights include the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Montfort getting his ‘warrant letter’ from the Navy, and major Intrepid events such as the commissioning, Crossing the Line, participation in battles, kamikaze and torpedo attacks, damage to the ship, the ship’s arrivals and departures from ports, changes of command, and...