On December 7, 1941 Imperial Japan launched a surprise attack on the military installations on the island of Oahu, most notably the massive naval base Pearl Harbor.
USS Tennessee BB-43 inboard of USS West Virginia - fighting fire started by debris and flaming oil from USS Arizona. Sinking USS West Virginia wedged USS Tennessee against two massive concrete piers and she could not move. Hit several times by bombs - USS Tennessee's two concrete piers were demolished by dynamite and were cleared away by 16 December.
Curator: Philip R Byrd