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    First Sergeant
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    Good article on the salvage work that happened after the attack.

    The Pearl Harbor Salvage Effort: Keeping Navy Fighting

    A good book that covers the efforts that was written by a Navy diver.

    FILO
    Signal out, can you identify.
    Je ne regrette rien...
    Klagt Nicht, Kämpft

    #64630
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    Joe (G.W.N.S.)
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    It’s truly amazing how many ships were returned to the fight.

    #64646
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    Andrew
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    The Grayling, in the article, was lost during the war.

    I served on the Grayling SSN 646 during the mid ’70’s. She was decommissioned years ago.

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    First Sergeant
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    The Grayling, in the article, was lost during the war.

    I served on the Grayling SSN 646 during the mid ’70’s. She was decommissioned years ago.

    Silent Service. :good:

    What was your rate?

    FILO
    Signal out, can you identify.
    Je ne regrette rien...
    Klagt Nicht, Kämpft

    #64662
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    Andrew
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    ET2(SS). Forward ET. I did electronic countermeasures/surveillance. Got off the boat in 1976.

    Captain was Captain Severance at 1st and then Commander Cox. Ops officer was Lt Commander Scarborough who went on to also become a boat skipper. I want to say Sunfish, but I’m not sure.

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    Daniel
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    This book is excellent – a ship by ship, step by step look at cleaning up the mess:

    Aimed at the general reader with an interest in World War II and the U.S. Navy, this book looks at the massive salvage effort that followed the attack on Pearl Harbor, beginning with the damage control efforts aboard the sinking and damaged ships in the harbor on 7 December 1941 and ending in March 1944 when salvage efforts on the USS Utah were finally abandoned. Dan Madsen describes the Navy’s dramatic race to clear the harbor and repair as many ships as possible so they could return to the fleet ready for war. Numerous photographs, many never before published in books for the general public, give readers a real appreciation for the momentous task involved, from the raising of the USS Oglala in 1942 and the USS Oklahoma in 1943 to the eventual dismantling of the above-water portions of the USS Arizona.

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    ET2(SS). Forward ET. I did electronic countermeasures/surveillance. Got off the boat in 1976.

    Captain was Captain Severance at 1st and then Commander Cox. Ops officer was Lt Commander Scarborough who went on to also become a boat skipper. I want to say Sunfish, but I’m not sure.

    :good: Heh I was an EW1(SW), your surface counterpart. Tried changing to subs in Basic Electronics but they wouldn’t let me. Funny thing is both ships I served on were sub hunters.

    CRM, CTT 1501, CP11/15, CTT5/16, FoF, DCH, CLC Opfor, Team Minion

    Just remember, Anne Frank was a criminal because the government made her one and she died because she broke the law.

    #64801
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    Andrew
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    Way back when we were “providing services” for the Forrestal and her escorts. Out job was go get inside the screen and sink her. We got close enough to get pictures of her that it took three 8X10″ pictures put together to get her all in.

    Also was able to fly in a P-3 while we were in the Med and got pics of a Soviet destroyer being refueled underway. They did it stem to stern instead of along side.

    I can’t imagine what it’s like now on the boats. Gotta be much better. But, I’m not wild about having females on board.

    To the OP. sorry about the hijack.

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    Joe (G.W.N.S.)
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    I can’t imagine what it’s like now on the boats. Gotta be much better.

    It’s a relative thing, I remember touring the CV-60 USS SARATOGA as a teen and a old WWII USS Intrepid (CV-11) sailor marveling at all the room they had in berthing, while us kids couldn’t imagine living in such cramped conditions! ;-)

    I’ve seen the diesel boats like the Grayback, the Sturgeon Class, and Los Angeles Class and each was a decent upgrade, but not really my kind thing.

    Some of the more interesting missions have still not been told, though books give glimpses.

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    Joe (G.W.N.S.)
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    In the Thread MVT Members: Military Operations Prior to GWOT I posted my tribute to all of the MVT “Bubbleheads” and the Sea Stories that will never be told!

    It’s hard to talk about too much beyond videos on YouTube because of secrecy BS.

    #64808
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    gatlinggun
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    On our return from the Persian Gulf in 1991, I had the honor of manning the rails onboard the USS Nimitz as we sailed into Pearl Harbor. I don’t think there was a dry eye on the starboard side as we sailed by the USS Arizona. I know mine weren’t.

    Good times.

    When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence.

    CTT 08/15

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