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Morning Thunder by Robert Taylor.


Morning Thunder by Robert Taylor.

There are few truly defining moments in the history of a State - single episodes that touch every citizen, and cast a nations future. Epoch-making events that influence the entire world are even more uncommon. The events that took place in the space of less than two hours on the morning of December 7, 1941 were of such defining importance, their memory is now deeply embedded into the history of the Twentieth Century. At ten minutes to eight, as the US Pacific fleet lazily came awake, suddenly, and without warning, the world around them exploded with all the mighty force of thunder: Within seconds Pearl Harbor became cloaked with attacking Japanese aircraft. Before sailors could comprehend what was happening, bombs and torpedoes had ripped out the heart of the fleet: Four of eight battleships were sunk, a dozen more naval vessels lay stricken in the water, 2400 souls perished. In those terrible few moments, the tranquil scene was transformed into a boiling cauldron of explosions, fire, smoke and unimaginable destruction. Pearl Harbor became a raging inferno. Robert Taylors specially commissioned masterpiece recreated desperate moments during the second wave attack at around 9am on December 7, 1941. Having taken six torpedo hits and two bomb strikes in the first wave attack on Battleship Row, the West Virginia is ablaze, her bows already low in the water and decks awash. Ignoring the risks, crews push the navy tug Hoga alongside with fire-fighting equipment and to pick up survivors. Overhead, Japanese Zeros swoop through the smoke, aiming the second wave attack at installations on Pearl Harbors Ford Island, to complete one of historys most devastating unprovoked declarations of war.
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Chief Boatswains Mate Richard CunninghamServing on board the battleship USS Arizona, Richard Cunningham was helping tackle the fires on board after the ship was hit by two armour piercing bombs. At around 0810 a bomb penetrated her forward magazine and the ship exploded with the loss of 1177 men. Cunningham helped put out the last fires. The Arizona was never recovered and is today a national memorial visited by thousands of people.
Chief Gunners Mate John LandJohn Lan was on the USS Maryland on the morning of December 7th. The Maryland - Old Mary - was moored alongside the USS Oklahoma when the Oklahoma was hit by nine torpedoes and capsized with great loss of life. Land and the crew of the Maryland helped the subsequent rescue of men from the overturned vessel.
Chief Gunners Mate Miguel AcunaMiguel Acuna was serving aboard the repair ship USS Vestal on the morning of December 7th. Moored alongside the Arizona to complete scheduled repairs to some of the battleships equipment, tow torpedoes passed under the Vestal hitting the Arizona. The repair ship was pulled away from Arizonas burning wreck by the tug Hoga.
Chief Machinist Al FickelJoining the navy in 1939, Al Fickel was a seaman serving in the USS Pennsylvania on the morning of 7th December. The Pennsylvania was flagship of the US Pacific Fleet and in drydock at the time of the attack with her propellers removed. She was hit in the second wave attack at 0907. The damage was soon repaired and the Pennsylvania went on to serve with distinction in the Pacific Theatre.
Fireman 1st Class Quentin PyleQuentin Pyle served on the destroyer USS bagley at Pearl Harbor. Built in 1938, the Bagley was moored in the Southeast Loch close to the light cruiser USS St Louis, the only large ship to clear the anchorage during the attack. Wounded in the attack, Pyle went on to serve at Midway and The Coral Sea.
Lieutenant John FinnAwarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism during the first attack by Japanese planes on the Naval air station, Kaneohe Bay. Finn secured and manned a .50 caliber machine gun mounted in a completely exposed position under heavy enemy machine gun strafing fire. Despite being seriously wounded, he continued to man this gun and to return the enemys fire until ordered to leave his post to receive treatment. He subsequently insisted on returning to supervise the rearming of three returning PBYs so that they could seek out the Japanese forces.
Machinists Mate Lyndle LynchLyndle Lynch was on board the USS Utah, an auxiliary battleship built in 1911 and being used as a gunnery training school. The Utah was hit by two torpedoes early in the raid and capsized at 0810. Fifty four men are still entombed in the Utah which now serves as a War Memorial at Pearl Harbor.
Seaman 1st Class Ken SwedbergKen Swedberg was serving aboard the vintage 4-stack destroyer USS Ward south of Pearl Harbor on the early morning of December 7th. At 0645, the Ward fired on and sank a Japanese midget submarine trying to enter the anchorage, the first shots of the war.

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