|I have attempted to be faithful to the original document: reproducing the form, spellings, and punctuation (including errors), with two exceptions:  ship names have been rendered in italics, rather than all UPPER-CASE, as in the original; and  the necessary use of a spell-checker to correct my typographic errors has undoubtedly 'corrected' spellings in the original.|
|A16-3/(0923)||UNITED STATES PACIFIC FLEET|
|BATTLESHIPS, BATTLE FORCE|
|U.S.S. MARYLAND, Flagship|
|December 19, 1941|
|From:||Commander Battleships, Battle Force.|
|To:||Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.|
|Subject:||Attack at pearl Harbor by Japanese Planes on December 7, 1941.|
|Reference:||(a) CO West Virginia ltr BB48/A16-3 of Dec. 11, 1941., with Combat ships lst end A16-3,(0974) of Dec. 13, 1941.|
(b) CO Maryland ltr BB46/A16/0f10/(0229) of Dec. 15, 1941.
(c) CO Tennessee ltr BB43/A16-3/(0157) of Dec. 11, 1941.
(d) CO Pennsylvania ltr BB38/A16-3/(01535) of Dec. 16, 1941.
(e) CO California ltr (1002) of Dec. 13, 1941.
(f) CO Arizona ltr BB39/A16 of Dec. 13, 1941.
(g) CO Nevada ltr BB36/A9/A16(Nev-10) of Dec. 15, 1941.
|Enclosure:||(A) Berthing Plan of Battleships on December 7, 1941.|
(B) Radio Log of Commander Battleships.
(C) Signal Log of Commander Battleships.
(D) Report of Captain W.R. Carter, U.S. Navy, Chief of Staff to Commander Battleships.
(E) Report of Lt.Col. R.R. Robinson, U.S.M.C.
(F) Report of Comdr. E.P. Kranzfelder, U.S. Navy.
(G) Report of Comdr. W.F. Fitzgerald, jr., U.S. Navy.
(H) Report of Comdr. W.V. Hamilton, U.S. Navy.
(I) Report of Comdr. L.S. Sabin, jr., U.S. Navy.
(J) Report of Lt.Comdr. D.H. Johnston, U.S. Navy.
(K) Report of Lt.Comdr. R.G. Lockhart, U.S. Navy.
(L) Report of Lt.Comdr. C.F. Horne, jr., U.S. Navy.
(M) Report of Lieut. E.P. Holmes, U.S. Navy.
(N) Report of Lieut. R.S. Mandelkorn, U.S. Navy.
(O) Report of Lieut. (jg) K.W. Patrick, U.S. Navy.
(P) Report of Ensign P.H. Dunkle, U.S.N.R.
(Q) Report of Ensign W.O. Beach, U.S.N.R.
(R) Report of Ensign F. Johnson, U.S.N.R.
(S) Report of Ensign C. Koeningberger, jr., U.S.N.R.
(T) Report of Ensign W.S. Bradway, jr., U.S.N.R.
(U) Report of Ensign C.H. Bradford, jr., U.S.N.R.
(V) Comments on Fire-fighting.
Pennsylvania in drydock.
California in Berth Fox 3.
Maryland in Berth Fox 5 inboard.
Oklahoma in Berth Fox 5 outboard.
Tennessee in Berth Fox 6 inboard.
West Virginia in Berth Fox 6 outboard.
Arizona in Berth Fox 7 inboard, with the U.S.S. Vestal outboard.
Nevada in Berth Fox 8.
The heat from the blazing Arizona, astern, and fuel oil afire on the water, started a fire in officer's quarters aft, with subsequent damage to wiring, airplane machinery, and warping of shell plating aft, causing cracks and opening of joints. Repairs are underway on all of these items, including blanking shell airports aft in the affected area.
During the above fire, the ship flooded the after group of magazines. these were found to have suffered no damage when they were unwatered.
The stern airplane crane has been operated on full load but not on overload. A dead load shot has been fired by the after catapult.
Main deck plating aft is somewhat buckled due to heat, and the planking is charred. Repair is not considered urgent to prepare the ship for sea.
The Tennessee was pinched between the West Virginia and the forward interrupted quay. There is no evidence of excessive strain of the ship's structure. Armor belts have been examined and found tight.
A 15-inch A.P. bomb entered the water on the port bow close aboard, and pierced the shell at the twenty-three foot water line, near frame 11, exploding in compartment A-103-A, sail and awning stowage, causing widespread structural damage and flooding. Repairs are underway to make the ship seaworthy.
The torpedo air compressor rooms were flooded incident to this hit, placing both compressors out of commission. A steam air compressor has been installed in the ship to provide H.P. air until these compressors can be repaired. Small arms and .50 caliber machine gun magazine was flooded by the ship.
The need for splinter protection with lateral, all around, and overhead protection has been stressed by Commander Battleships in previous correspondence and the attack on Pearl Harbor served to emphasize its urgent necessity.
The California was listing dangerously to port. the Nevada, which had gotten underway from her berth, and had been bombed in the channel, was beached in order to prevent sinking or capsizing.
Rescue work on the hull of the capsized Oklahoma was initiated by Commander Battleships and directed by Commander E.P. Kranzfelder and Lieutenant Mandelkorn of Commander Battleships' staff, assisted by officers and men of the Oklahoma, men from the Rigel and Navy Yard Pearl Harbor and fire and rescue parties from the battleships. As a result of these efforts 32 men were rescued alive from the hull of the Oklahoma. See Enc. (V).
|On Board 1 Dec.||Killed||Injured||Missing||Survivors||Senior surviving officer|
|W. Virginia||87||1454||2||25||0||52||0||130||85||1247||Cdr. Hillendoetter|
|* Includes Flag personnel attached.|
(b) The following named Division Commanders and Commanding Officers were killed:
Rear Admiral I.C. Kidd, U.S. Navy, Commander Battleship Division One.
Captain F. Van Valkenburgh, U.S. Navy, Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Arizona.
Captain M.S. Bennion, U.S. Navy, Commanding Officer, U.S.S. West Virginia
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