Saturday, December 7, 2013


Remembering Pearl Harbor - National Geographic Education
Pearl Harbor Interactive ... Xpeditions is now archived in National Geographic Education's new website—

My cousin, Pat Wolk Hamm's father, Joseph Wolk was a gunner's mate aboard the USS Tennessee during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Ervin O. Schmidt was aboard the USS California moored at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. The aerial attack launched by the Japanese caused the ship enormous damage. Ninety-eight crew members were lost and sixty-one 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. Later, he join the USS Submarine Service, serving aboard the USS Saury, USS Torsk (SS-423) and the USS Balao. (From Submarine Stories of World War II, by Mary Nida Smith)

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