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[Plymouth, England and Kiel, West Germany, May 1962]
December 7, 2011 is the 70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This will likely be the last large gathering of the Pearl Harbor veterans and survivors.
We must make sure that our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren know the story of Pearl Harbor.
Photos: My father, a career naval officer, was on a 4-month cruise in 1962. My mother, weary of the constant separations, decided to fly the family to Northern Europe, where we could follow Dad's ship, the U.S.S. Wasp, as it sailed from port to port. I suppose you could say that we were "camp followers."
That trip yielded quite a few shots. I was still using the old Kodak 35 mm camera (with detached light meter) that my father had given me years before. From the large batch of photos, I selected the six photos you see here because they depict scenes that one might have seen at Pearl Harbor on that fateful day seventy years ago.
Beginning in the upper left and moving counterclockwise, Plymouth looks so serene and peaceful, just as Pearl Harbor would have looked Sunday morning, December 7, 1941.
In the harbor, there is little activity. The cranes are reminiscent of the cranes that are seen in film footage of the actual attack on Pearl.
In the next shot (taken in Kiel), planes are crowded on the deck of the "Wasp," just as they would have been on the carriers at Pearl. (The carriers at Pearl had fortunately sailed away just before the attack. They would play the key role in the Battle of Midway, just five months later, which turned the tide in the Pacific.)
In the next photo, the ships are tied up three abreast, which they were at Pearl Harbor. They were "sitting ducks." In the following photo, a ship is getting underway, just as some of the ships at Pearl were able to get underway, thereby avoiding the worst of the attack.
In the final picture, the "Wasp" has put in at Kiel. What an awesome sight!
Remember Pearl Harbor!!!
As always, thanks for stopping by.
Also by Richard Knight
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