On December 7, 1941, one of the first vessels attacked by the Japanese was the USS UTAH. Japanese Commanders Genda and Fuchida, planners of the attack, had ordered their pilots to ignore the training ship which, as a non-combat ship, was not worthy of attack, but eager pilots dropped torpedoes on the UTAH. One torpedo slammed into UTAH's port side at 8:01 a.m. as the crew raised the flag on the f...antail. Moments later a second hit the same area.Using our international travel planner, Honolulu attractions like USS Utah Memorial can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Water began to fill the ship rapidly, and it listed 15 degrees. The senior officer aboard, Lt. Commander S.S. Isquith, realized that UTAH was sinking and reportedly gave the order, "All hands on deck and all engine room and fire room, radio and dynamo watch to lay up on deck and release all prisoners." The crew was ordered to the starboard side of the vessel to escape the danger of loose timbers pinning men down or striking them. These timbers had been used in previous weeks to cushion the deck from practice bombs dropped by planes from the ENTERPRISE. By 8:05 the list had increased to 40 degrees. The ship was lost. "Abandon Ship over the starboard side" was shouted over the din.
As the men scrambled for safety, the increased list caused the timbers to loosen and slide in the water, crushing the men below. At about 8: 12 the UTAH capsized after mooring lines snapped.
Thirty officers and 431 men were reported to have survived the loss of the ship, including my grandfather, Louie Underwood.
At best estimates, six officers and 52 enlisted men were lost, some trapped aboard ship, others cut down by strafing aircraft.
In 1972, a memorial in honor of the crew of Utah was dedicated on the northwest shore of Ford Island, adjacent to the ship's wreck.
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We (lovely wife, two boys-16/18, me) came in July. Thanks to a DE we put this on our to do list. I'm a military retiree so I had access. Anyone with a DoD ID can drive onto Ford Island and visit this ... more »
If you are at Pearl Harbor and military, I would recommend driving over to Ford Island for the USS Missouri Battleship and Aviation Museum. When you do, take a quick drive over to the USS Utah Memoria... more »
A very surreal and saddening sight, but one that's worth visiting. It's free to visit and quiet. It's a nice spot to pay your respects to those who lost their lives during WWII.
The forgotten memorial. If you are on Ford Island be sure to stop here. Great view and very serene. And amazing place to honor the fallen. Be sure to take advantage of the history trail is you have the time and access!
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