Destroyers did not have chaplains because they were too small.
We were very fortunate that the carriers weren't in the harbor.
I had been out there long enough. I had not seen my family for four years.
All we had aboard the ship that morning was one Annapolis graduate and three reserves.
Everything was black in the harbor, but there were still some fires burning on the ships.
I was 20 years old at Pearl Harbor. I was in the Navy about a year and four months before the war.
It was lucky for me. It wasn't lucky for the nine people that got killed and the 20 that were injured.
I was standing on the deck of the USS Blue, a destroyer. We were all alone out there at this buoy, tied up.
They got word that the Japanese planes were coming back, so we sunk her ourselves so the Japanese wouldn't get it. We didn't want the Japanese to get it intact.
We got orders to strike the Marshall and Gilbert Islands. We had a task force with the Enterprise. We had two or three cruisers and probably eight or 10 destroyers.