DECEMBER 7, 1941 JAPANESE BOMB PEARL HARBOR
Ervin O. Schmidt RM1/C (SS) USN-RET before submarine service (USS TORSK SS-423) was aboard the USS CALIFORNIA moored at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Ninety-right crew members were lost and sixty-one was wounded. A motorized launch pulled Schmidt from the water. In the confusion he was listed as missing in action. Before his family learned differently, they held a funeral in his honor. This
information was provided by Mr. Schmidt for his story to be included in the book Submarine Stories of World War II.