This page is dedicated to the navy personnel who were lost and the personnel who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.This unprovoked, dastardly, and undeclared assault on the main base of the Pacific Fleet was in the early morning hours of a peaceful, quiet Sunday morning on December 07, 1941.
Many survived the next few days without clothes, shelter or food; survived the loss of all of their records and belongings on the sunken or severly damaged ships, in essence their home; survived the floating bodies in the oil slickened waters; survived the weeks they could not even get into the mess hall on Ford Island; survived the loss of pay and months without being on the payroll; but, they were all survivors.
Fifty-three of these survivors, officers and enlisted men, were transferred to the USS Indiana. They were part of the cadre of personnel who formed the experienced plank owners when the ship was put in commission. They were only 2.5 percent of the commissioning crew; only, 1.0 percent of the personnel that eventually served on the USS Indiana; but, they were the heart of the ship. They and the rest of the cadre trained and molded the young former civilians into the "navy way" of doing things.
Last Updated 22 October 1999
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