N law wrote:I spent a good portion of yesterday reading the stories of the ships and what their fates were. The big one was the Arizona. Oklahoma was successfully refloated and sold for scrap, but sank on the way to scrap. Utah is still sitting there, but doesn't seem to get the attention that Arizona gets. It was an amazing read from the folks there about who did what. People who died keeping the systems running so others could escape. Civilians who organized rescue efforts. The USS Neveda was switching boilers and, thus, had two running. When the attack started, they went underway, but were a key target because the Japanese wanted to sink a ship in the entrance to the harbor. Ships were in for refitment, so various parts were not on hand or batteries were empty. One ship I read about got a direct hit to the battery, but they had put off reloading it with larger powder charges until the 7th! The one crazy thing I read was they they typically had two groups that spent alternating weeks out at sea so that the whole fleet wasn't in harbor at once. This particular weekend, both groups were in port, making it a terribly scenario.
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