The Men of the USS Utah (BB-31/AG-16)
By T.J. Cooper
In the early hours of December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched their first attack on Pearl Harbor. Their main targets were the aircraft carriers and the destroyers in port. The Utah was moored in an area reserved for the aircraft carriers. Utah was covered in 6 by 12 inch timbers and metal sheds to protect it from target practice. The location of the Utah coupled with the timbers on deck, made it appear as an aircraft carrier. The japanese pilots attacked the Utah with a vengeance. Utah was the first ship to be hit and sunk.
The USS Utah remains sunk in Pearl Harbor today. Until very recently, access to the Memorial site has been allowed only with special permission. Most visitors to Pearl Harbor are not aware of the Utah Memorial or even that she remains in the harbor with 50 men still on duty.
This book is a Memorial to all the men that were serving on the USS Utah on that fateful morning. Who were these brave men? What did they experience during those last minutes?
A great deal has been written about the Pearl Harbor attack, the loss of ships and conspiracy theories. Very little has been written about the men that experienced these events first hand. This is their story.
Soft cover. 250 pages. Book measures approximately 8 inches by 10 inches.
Made in the USA