Sunday, December 07, 2008

Remember The Other Ship Permanently Stationed At Pearl Harbor.

Most people know about the U. S. S. Arizona, sunk at Pearl Harbor, never completely salvaged, and now a memorial. But, did you know that there is another un-salvaged ship at Pearl Harbor that was also sunk on December 7, 1941. She is the U. S. S. Utah, BB-31, a battleship later converted into a target ship. She was accidental sunk as she was not in her usual berth. (The Japanese were instructed not to attack her as she was not considered a worthwhile target.) 58 officers and men were killed when she went down. One of these men, Chief Watertender Peter Tomich was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in saving others as the ship sank. The U. S. S. Utah remains at her berth on Ford Island. (Her bell was salvaged is in front of the NROTC building at the University of Utah.) Read more about her here.
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