Subject: U.S.S. HENDERSON story of Dec 7, 1941
I was aboard the HENDERSON on Dec.7, 1941. We had just left Pearl Harbor
after having discharged several hundred civilian navy yard workers that
we brought from San Francisco. We were on our way back to San Francisco
to pick up another load of workers for Pearl.
I have a copy of the offical log for December 6th, 1941. It reads as
follows: 0 to 4 watch: Steaming singly enroute from Pearl Harbor, T.H.
to San Francisco, California, on course 060 degrees at standard speed of
92 RPM, 12.6 knots. Boilers #1, #2, and #3 in use for steaming
purposes. Average steam 195 lbs. Average RPM 92.
/s/ F.W. Schultz,
Ensign, D-M, U.S.N.R.
I also have a copy off the log forDec. 7, 1941 and it reads almost the
same as that above. One difference from the Dec. 6th entry is that the
ship was traveling under dark ship status. The 0800 to 1200 watch
states the following: 0930 ship was called to divine services. 0957
Received message stating hostilities had commenced with Japan with an
air raid on Pearl Harbor, T.H.
So you see we had been out to sea for more than one day when the war
I was a Yeoman First Class in the Exec's office.
Attacted by an earlier story of the Henderson at Pearl Harbor, another man who-was-there, presents his rememberances, with documentation. He has the ship leaving a day earlier. Both recall the ship leaving about midnight. This rememberence has the ship at divine services at sea when word came of the attack on Pearl.
See Henderson 1 for the career of the U.S.S. Henderson from WWI thru 1984.
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